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Planning round-up 20 August

by on August 20, 2015

Welsh strategic planning panel consultation

The Welsh administration has begun consulting on the composition of its proposed strategic planning panels (SDPs) as well as the financial issues affecting them.

These new bodies will be responsible for a new breed of strategic development plans which will deal with issues including housing, employment, transport, infrastructure, minerals and waste which cut across a number of local planning authorities (LPAs).

Housing provision for individual local development plans will be set at this level. Panels will be a plan-making body and will not make planning decisions. They will not require agreement from constituent local planning authorities.

Panels will be formed of both LPA members and nominated members from social, economic and environmental groups. Only the LPA members will have voting rights. Under current plans some 40 per cent of the panel membership would be female.

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Devon homes and marina plan appeal dismissed

An appeal by developer LTPH Properties over a major development involving 300 new dwellings, a 250-berth marina and 80 units of holiday accommodation at Torridge, Devon has been dismissed.

The site comprised a substantial area of undeveloped land between two settlements. The area was identified in an adopted plan as a local gap and this, concluded the inspector, meant it should be considered as a “valued landscape” under paragraph 109 of the NPPF.

The inspector concluded that the marina was an acceptable use but was not viable without the associated development which would cause unacceptable harm to the area and local heritage assets.


London round-up

  • Mayor Boris Johnson has called in GRID Architects’ plans for a mixed use scheme in Putney town centre after members of Wandsworth Council refused it against the advice of planning officers. The south west London scheme involves 97 flats, ground floor shops or restaurants and a gym.
  • Lambeth Council’s local plan has been found “sound” on the basis of the former London Plan housing provision figures of 1,195 dwellings per annum. The inspector who examined the plan said the south London planning authority should undertake a review of its plan at the earliest opportunity to incorporate the new London Plan housing requirement figure of 1,559 dwellings per annum. The Council said that it aimed to produce a revised local plan by June 2016.
  • The boroughs who prepared the West London Waste Plan have now all formally adopted the strategy for waste management up to 2031.The local authorities involved are Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames. The Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation has also agreed the strategy.
  • A detailed application to build nearly 250 homes on a former RAF site in west London has been submitted to the London Borough of Hillingdon.


Legal round-up


Harlow housing estate redevelopment

Plans to redevelop three former housing estates and build 343 new homes in Harlow, Essex have been given the go ahead by the Essex District Council.

House builder Countryside and Home Group have been given approval for the £67m scheme that also includes a new community centre.

The development will see a mix of detached, semi-detached, terraced houses and flats built. Around 55 per cent of the homes will be managed by Home Group, providing either ‘affordable’ rental homes or shared ownership properties.

The new development will replace the outdated homes on The Briars, Copshall Close and Aylets Field estates.

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Peak Park’s forest sales

A dozen areas of woodland in the Peak District National Park are to be sold off, with the first six already on the market.

Peak District National Park Authority said it was “reducing liabilities” at a time of budget cuts.

It said the areas were small and would be sold with restrictions on their use and a similar number would be sold later in the year.

The authority said government cut-backs in grant-aid meant it had lost 36.5 per cent of income over the past five years.

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Retail therapy for steel city

Sheffield City Council announced it has submitted an outline planning application for the city centre’s so-called Sheffield Retail Quarter.

The proposals, which have a price tag of £480m, will see the area around Barkers Pool, Pinstone Street and Moorhead transformed with new shops, offices, restaurants and flats. The scheme could create around 2500 jobs and bring in approximately an additional £300m a year to the city centre.

Historical buildings such as Leah’s Yard and The Citadel (Salvation Army building) will be preserved, as well as facades along Pinstone Street and of the old sunday school. The council is now purchasing land for the scheme and short-listing development partners.

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Tyneside shipyard project

The former Swan Hunter shipyard on Tyneside is to get £8m to make progress with redevelopment of the site.

North Tyneside Council plans to turn the 13 hectare site into a centre for the renewable energy, advanced engineering and offshore sectors.

The money, secured by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, will be used to fill a redundant wet berth at the old shipyard, creating more space for potential businesses.

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Big Apple architects for Preston bus station makeover

A New York firm of architects has been chosen by Lancashire Council to design the £13m revamp of Preston’s bus station. The “brutalist” landmark building was grade 11 listed in 2013 after it was threatened with demolition. John Puttick Associates was picked as the winning bid from an anonymous shortlist of five entries.

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Roger Milne

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