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News round-up 9 April 2015

by on April 9, 2015

Key new legislation comes into force

As a result of two new Bills which received Royal Assent last week the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has come into formal existence, short-term lets in the capital will no longer require planning permission and councils will be required to establish local registers of people looking to buy plots of land to commission or build their own home.

Those measures resulted from the Deregulation Act and the Government-supported Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act. Planning powers for the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation will come into force in July.

Councils must now take account of the demand for self and custom build when exercising their planning housing, regeneration and land disposal functions.


Go-ahead for Boston development

Proposals for a £100m mixed-use scheme which will provide a new football stadium, 500 homes as well as retail facilities and a hotel in the Lincolnshire market town of Boston have been given the go-ahead.

A s106 agreement has been signed between Boston Borough Council and developer Chestnut Homes and Boston United Football Club for the Quadrant project earmarked for land on either side of the A16 at Wyberton.

The scheme involves a 4,000-seater ground for the Conference North club and new homes, 100 of which will be affordable.

Expenditure on infrastructure to open up land for a strategic business park and housing development in the Dearne Valley close to junction 36 of the M1 has been approved by members of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority.


Leeds traveller pitches dismissed

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has called-in and refused Yorkshire Housing Ltd’s proposal for a 12-pitch traveller and gypsy development earmarked for a green belt location at Gilderstone near Morley, Leeds. The inspector who considered the scheme had recommended refusal.

Pickles, like the inspector, acknowledged there was an immediate, urgent and substantial need for additional pitches but concluded this was not sufficient to outweigh the disadvantages of the harm to the green belt.



Central Bedfordshire developments

Central Bedford Council has approved a development strategy for land north of Luton and the proposed Sundon sub-regional rail freight interchange

The area will provide a mix of up to 4,000 homes (including up to 30 per cent affordable housing), office and retail floor space, new schools, accessible open space, and sports and leisure facilities as well as a major new east-west route from the new Junction 11A of the M1 to the A6.

In a related move the local planning authority has approved the Wixams Park master plan which will guide development on land south of the separate main Wixams settlement which is being developed by Gallagher Estates.

The plan sets out proposals for around 1,500 new homes and 5 hectares of employment land, accessible both from the development and the new highway network from the B530


Aardman opposition to Bristol site

An open letter opposing a redevelopment of a derelict Bristol site has been signed by the boss of Wallace and Gromit creator Aardman Animations.

David Sproxton is part of a group claiming that the proposals for the site which includes a Grade 11 listed building and the neighbouring Westmoreland House would result in a “gated community”.


Lincolnshire turbines blocked

Plans for a nine-turbine wind farm on land north west of Skegness and near Orby village in Lincolnshire have been refused on appeal by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Pickles agreed with the inspector who held the recovered appeal that the benefits of the scheme did not outweigh its disadvantages. These included unacceptable harm to the living conditions of nearby residents and adverse impacts on the landscape and the setting of heritage assets in the vicinity of the planned project which had been rejected by East Lindsey District Council.



Croydon affordable homes boost

Croydon Council in south London has introduced new requirements for all developments built outside the town centre to provide a minimum of 50 per cent of the new homes as affordable housing. The new requirement kicked-in on 1 April.

The minimum level was 30 per cent but the local plan policy allows this to be reviewed each year in response to market changes. The policy will apply to all future planning applications until the next review in April 2016.


Nottingham shopping centre makeover

Ambitious proposals for the redevelopment of the Broadmarsh shopping centre in Nottingham have been lodged with the city council by owner Intu.

A new multi-screen cinema, restaurants and an improved walkway from the train station to the city centre are key elements of the £150m package.


Roger Milne

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    Good afternoon

    I was hoping that any new regulations may assist me in gaining planning permission to assemble a self build property on my 4 acres where. I appreciate it is green belt land but I currently breed and train my competition horses there. Could you assist in any way to help my cause as both my property and animals have suffered due to there being no permanent residence on site

    I would very much appreciate any help or guidance you could offer

    Regards H Hewitt

    Sent from my iPad


    • sarahchilcott permalink

      Unfortunately Harold we can’t help you with this. We provide the online application forms and guidance for all councils across the country, but you will need to speak to you own local council about your individual situation. Sarah

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