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Planning round-up 12 May 2016

Published: Thursday, 12th May 2016

Judicial review for ground-breaking Cornish neighbourhood plan. Wrangle over Greater Manchester spatial strategy. Folkestone garden town mooted. Land Registry consultation. And more stories...

Judicial review for ground-breaking Cornish neighbourhood plan

The pioneering St Ives Neighbourhood Plan successfully negotiated its referendum last week but now faces a legal challenge.

Controversially the development plan specifies that plans for new market housing much include measures which ensure new dwellings – but not replacement units – have restricted occupancy rules which preclude them being used as second homes.

On a turn-out of 42.7 per cent more than 83 per cent of residents who voted backed the strategy with nearly 17 per cent voting against the plan. 

Cornwall Council, which organised the poll, has announced that RLT Built Environment Limited is seeking permission to judicially review the decision to support the publication of the neighbourhood plan and put it to a referendum in St Ives.

In a statement the planning authority said: “Following the positive result of the referendum we will be carefully considering the grounds on which the claim for the judicial review has been made and seeking further legal advice if required.

“We are confident that the correct process has been followed in this case and we will be fully defending this claim.”

View more information on the neighbourhood plan

Wrangle over Greater Manchester spatial strategy

A report by Nathaniel Lichfied & Partners (NLP) commissioned by the Housing the Powerhouse campaign has warned that Greater Manchester’s emerging spatial strategy is not ambitious enough.

This assessment claimed the city region’s “current growth, infrastructure investment and ambitious rhetoric are not yet being matched by its planning, housing and development strategy…Greater Manchester risks lagging behind other Northern cities in its housing ambitions, including Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield.”

The campaign is backed by major house builders and developers and endorsed by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Home Builders Federation (HBF).

Colin Robinson, planning director at NLP, said: “For the Northern Powerhouse aspirations to become a reality, Greater Manchester must pursue more ambitious, higher levels of housing and employment growth than are currently being proposed in the emerging Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.”

The report found the city region’s housing targets (0.8 per cent annual growth in the spatial framework) are currently below the levels planned by Leeds & Bradford (1.2 per cent), Greater Bristol (1 per cent) and Greater Nottingham (0.9 per cent).

The campaign argued the strategy failed to provide enough affordable housing for the 85,000 people on social housing waiting lists across Greater Manchester.

View the report

Folkestone garden town mooted

Shepway District Council has announced plans to bid for government support for a new garden town on farmland near the former Folkestone Racecourse in Kent.

The council has identified a broad area around Otterpool Manor Farm and developed a set of draft principles that, if approved by Cabinet next month, will form a part of an expression of interest to the Department of Communities and Local Government later this summer. Otterpool Park Garden Town could see up to 12,000 new homes being built over the next 30 years.

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Land Registry consultation

The Land Registry has launched a consultation on proposed new rules for Local Land Charges. These proposed draft rules will provide the framework for how the Local Land Charges Register Service will work.

The Infrastructure Act 2015 provides for the transfer of responsibility for Local Land Charges from local authorities to the Land Registry. To implement the changes, secondary legislation is required. Under these provisions, the Land Registry will provide a single, digital Local Land Charges register.

Graham Farrant, chief executive and Chief Land Registrar, said: “In today’s world, it is crucial that public services are available online. Customers expect to be able to access government information without delay or complication, and for a reasonable fee. “

This consultation is relevant to all Land Registry customers and others who have an interest in the property market.

View more information on the consultation

DCO application for east London road tunnel under the Thames

The Planning Inspectorate has received an application for a Development Consent Order for a new east London road tunnel under the River Thames. The Silvertown Tunnel would connect to the A1020 Silvertown Way/Lower Lea Crossing on the north side and to the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach on the south side. The tunnel generally follows the alignment of the Emirates Air Line cable car scheme.

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Milton Keynes mulls getting higher

Sterling Property Ventures has been selected by Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) as its preferred partner for a major new scheme involving what would be the city’s tallest building: a 20-storey tower in a mixed-use project providing flats, commercial floor space and a skyline restaurant.

The site, known as B3.3N, fronts Midsummer Boulevard, between the Pinnacle and Witan Gate House. Sterling is currently working on designs with London-based architectural practice Doone Silver Architects. The city’s current tallest building is the 12-storey Hub building off Avebury and Silbury Boulevards

MKDP is an independent legal entity wholly owned by the local authority to facilitate Milton Keynes’ continued growth and economic success which was established in 2012 when the government agreed the transfer of land, assets and responsibilities from the Homes and Communities Agency to the city council in a ground-breaking deal worth £32m.

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Southampton housing estate revamp

The first phase of proposals to transform Townhill Park, a 1960s Southampton housing estate, has been given outline planning approval by city councillors.

Under the overall scheme 426 existing council-owned flats will be demolished and 675 new homes built. Initially plans for 276 new homes are involved as well as a public green and new shops.

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Local landmark funding

Projects across the country have been awarded up to £50,000 each to help restore local landmarks. Lighthouses and lidos along the coast are among 15 projects benefitting from a share of £700,000, communities minister Mark Francois has announced.

The initiatives, dotted across the country from Durham to Dorset, have been awarded up to £50,000 each.

View the press release

South Downs National Park’s dark side acknowledged

South Downs National Park has become the 11th site in the world to be made an international dark sky reserve by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).

About two million people live within five kilometres of the park, which has Portsmouth, Brighton, Eastbourne, Winchester and Chichester on its edge.

There are 10 existing dark sky reserves which include Exmoor National Park in the south west and the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia in Wales.

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Plymouth awarded RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup

Plymouth City Council’s strategy for delivering 5,000 new homes over five years is the 2016 winner of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Silver Jubilee Cup, the UK and Ireland’s most prestigious planning award.

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Legal round-up

Roger Milne