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Planning round-up 30 April

by on April 30, 2015

Green belt re-think urged

Architecture and urban design company Broadway Malyan has urged the next Government to “re-think the green belt and the protection it affords areas of land which could contribute a greater value to society through sustainable development and providing new homes”.

The company has published a report which concluded that “a re-calibrated green belt, coupled with strategic growth of towns and centres will have a significant impact on resolving the housing crisis.”

The report included an online survey by pollsters YouGov which found that two-thirds believed that the number of new homes built should be increased, with over two-fifths agreeing a significant increase was needed.

One in five respondents said that housing was one of the most important issues that will decide how they will vote in the general election.

However, just over two-thirds of respondents said that they were opposed to house building in green belt locations while 48 per cent opposed house building on greenfield sites. Only 27 per cent said that they supported house-building on green field locations. Some 83 per cent of respondents supported house building on brownfield land.

Read the full ’50 Shades of Green Belt’ report


Dover waterfront development agreed

The Port of Dover Authority has signed a deal with a real estate company to develop the town’s waterfront as it presses ahead with plans to build a new cargo terminal.

The Mermorandum of Understanding involves London-based developer Bride Hall. The new entity will be known as Dover Waterfront Limited and will look at proposals for new retail activity as well as hotels, bars and restaurants.

Dover District Council chief executive Nadeem Aziz said: “We will be working with the port’s new waterfront regeneration arm and Bride Hall to ensure all of our plans for the regeneration of Dover are coherent, joined up and offer the best opportunity to make a once-in-several-generations difference to our community and Dover as a thriving destination.”

Read the Port of Dover press release


Neighbourhood planning assistance

Planning Aid England has produced a suite of resources to assist those developing a neighbourhood plan.

The resources provide practical tips and advice on various stages of the neighbourhood plan process from designating the neighbourhood area to submitting the plan for examination. They are designed for community groups to use.

They include a series of” how to” guides, templates and videos. Topics include:

  • project planning;
  • resourcing your neighbourhood plan;
  • engaging with landowners and developers;
  • developing a vision and objectives; and
  • writing planning policies.

Read the RTPI press release

Visit the ‘Forum for Neighbourhood Planning’ website (not currently working)


Outline permission agreed for 3,000-home scheme in London docklands

Newham Council in east London has agreed in principle to grant outline planning permission for the mixed-use regeneration of Silvertown Quays in the capital’s docklands.

The proposals involve 3,000 new homes, 179, 000 square metres of office space and 222,000 square metres of brand units, restaurants and a new school.

The scheme needs the approval of the Mayor of London and both the Communities Secretary and the Transport Secretary.


Norwich Passivhaus initiative

Norwich City Council is seeking housing association partners for a £300m programme to build hundreds of super energy-efficient homes.

The city council has gone out to tender on proposals which could mean the construction of 900 so-called Passivhaus homes – which are built to rigorous design standards to ensure they are highly energy efficient – over the lifetime of the four-year scheme.

Proposals for 287 Passivhaus homes are already in the pipeline in Norwich

View details of the tender


Brixton makeover

Muse Developments has submitted planning applications for a major Brixton town centre in south London redevelopment called ‘Your New Town Hall’.

The planning applications, for ‘The Triangle’ and ‘Olive Morris House’ sites facing onto Brixton Hill, are part of a project which will ultimately reduce Lambeth Council’s core office buildings from 14 to 2, saving taxpayers at least £4.5m a year.

The proposals include the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Lambeth Town Hall; a new 120,000 sq ft, energy efficient civic building; a total of 194 new homes and new landscaped public areas.
View further details on the scheme’s website


Hampshire development approved

East Hampshire District Council has approved the largest application it has ever considered which will see lead to the transformation of the garrison town Whitehill & Bordon with 2,400 new homes, jobs, essential infrastructure, facilities and a new town centre.

The town was one of the previous government’s “Eco-towns” and has recently been awarded ‘Housing Zone status’ by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

It has also been designated as one of five ‘step up towns’ by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership in recognition of its regional importance.

View full details of the application


Elephant and Castle move

Notting Hill Housing has received planning permission from Southwark Council for the regeneration of the Aylesbury estate in the Elephant and Castle area of south London.

Southwark Council’s planning committee last night gave the green light to two separate applications – one for the first development site to the south-west of the estate, bordering Burgess Park, and one for the outline master plan for the remainder.

At the first site, 830 homes will be built, including specialist housing for older people and homes for people with learning disabilities, as well as a community facility and extensive new public open space including two new parks.

Phases two, three and four of the regeneration come under the outline master plan permission. This will see 2,745 homes built, as well as the creation of office space, retail units, a new public square with a health centre and early years care, and more public open space, such as pocket parks and playgrounds.

View details of the applications from the Southwark Council planning committee adgenda


Bath wrangle

A row over whether a block of flats in Bath should be demolished or altered will now be determined by the planning inspectorate. City councillors say the scheme as built bears little resemblance to the scheme they approved.

Last week they refused a retrospective application which has now been appealed by Landmark Developments Ltd.


Dorset solar farms planned by council

Plans to generate solar power on farm land owned by Dorset County Council could generate solar energy for nearly 10,000 homes, the authority has claimed.

Solar panels would be installed at 11 farms, owned by the council, covering a total area of about 67 hectares under plans approved by the council cabinet.

The locations of the specific shortlisted sites will be made public once full assessments have been carried out and planning applications have been prepared.


Wind farm deal

Glasgow-based renewable energy firm UrbanWind has announced plans to develop on-shore wind farm schemes across the UK after signing a £30m funding deal with a private equity firm.

Zouk Capital will provide finance for smaller schemes which have won planning permission but lack funding to proceed. Under the agreement, Zouk and UrbanWind will create a joint venture to develop suitable projects. UrbanWind says it has about 100 sites in the development appraisal phase.

Read the UrbanWind press release


Legal round-up

  • A naturist spa located in Surrey Green Belt near Staines has lost its High Court challenge over an enforcement order requiring the demolition of new buildings which the judge ruled were “inappropriate”.
  • Campaigners objecting to plans from Barratt Homes approved by Bradford City Council for 176 houses at Derry Hill in Menston, West Yorkshire have persuaded the Court of Appeal to reinstate all its proposed grounds for challenge. Bradford Council gave Barratt Homes planning permission in August 2014 for the scheme at Derry Hill in Menston, subject to certain conditions.
  • A parish council has failed in a High Court bid to quash, in part, the aligned core strategies (ACS) of three councils in Greater Nottingham. Calverton Parish Council had made the application under s. 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 over the ACS, adopted by Broxtowe Borough, Gedling Borough and Nottingham City councils in September 2014. The parish is within Gedling’s area and has been described as an enclave within Green Belt. It feared that the village would increase in size by a third.
  • A Crown Court has ordered a third party to contribute to the costs of a successful prosecution by a local planning authority under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, linked to a Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 application. According to Francis Taylor Building, the Court in Ipswich found that the non-defendant layperson had exhibited “serious misconduct” at various stages during the proceedings.. The third party was ordered to pay a contribution of £14,000. “The order is considered to be the very first obtained within England and Wales, specifically in a planning enforcement context,” FTB said.
  • The developer behind Winchester’s controversial Silver Hill scheme has been refused leave to appeal a High Court decision which quashed proposed changes to the £165 million development. Now TIAA Henderson Real Estate, which sparked a storm of protest last year when it dropped affordable housing and a bus station from the project, plans to take the case to an oral hearing.


Council serves enforcement notice  over ‘red tape’ stripes

A woman in west London’s Kensington has been told to remove the red and white stripes she had painted on her house in protest over a rejected planning application.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have served an enforcement notice on the owner ordering the stripes’ removal after neighbours complained.

The stripes appeared earlier this month after plans to demolish the house and replace it with a new house and two-storey basement were refused.


Roger Milne

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