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Planning news - 25 April 2019

Published: Thursday, 25th April 2019

Commonwealth games ‘legacy’ submitted, Woking suburb to be regenerated, Warrington to get a link road. And more stories...

This weeks planning news in association with ThePlanner, the official magazine of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

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An outline planning application for the regeneration of a site covering 12.27 hectares in Perry Barr, Birmingham, has been submitted to Birmingham City Council.

If approved, the proposals would see about 400 to 500 homes built, as well as public open space and a new secondary school for 1,260 pupils delivered. They form phase two of the Perry Barr regeneration.

The site is between Holford Drive and Aldridge Road, next to the former Birmingham University Campus.

The campus is already being demolished and will be replaced by the residential element of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Village. These will be converted into 1,400 homes for the public after the games.

The phase two site will come forward for development after the games, as it will be initially form part of the Athletes’ Village, accommodating a number of temporary facilities during the games, such as the dining hall.

As it will be developed after the games, the mixture of housing type and tenure has not been confirmed at this stage, but it is expected to provide mainly family housing. A sporting legacy will be established across the site through improved access to facilities in the area, including the Doug Ellis Sports Centre.

A decision from Birmingham City Council’s planning committee is due in summer 2019.

The application can be viewed here on the council website.

15 April 2019
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Woking Borough Council’s planning committee has granted approval for plans that aim to regenerate a post-war housing estate into a ‘sustainable, community-focused’ neighbourhood.

Plans for the post-war housing estate in the Woking suburbs, Sheerwater, will see the existing number of homes double from 570 to around 1,142 on the 30 hectare site. Nearly half of the homes will be affordable. There is detailed consent for 695 homes, meaning 834 homes have planning permission.

The new development, to be named Canalside, also comprises community facilities, public parkland and gardens.

The plans were put forward by ThamesWey Developments Ltd*, as developer, on behalf of Woking Borough Council. HTA Design were planning consultants for the orignal and revised applications, BDP designed the masterplan for the whole site, and is also responsible for landscape design and for the architectural design of the medium-rise area of the development, comprising apartments, houses, community facilities and shops. The low-rise residential area of the development has been designed by Broadway Malyan while Pozzoni Architects has designed the proposed leisure centre.

The new homes will be delivered across five neighbourhoods, and will range from one-bed studios to five-bed family houses, including homes from the elderly and people with disabilities.

The development will also comprise:

  • four hectares of outdoor space, including parks, gardens, sports facilities and semi-rural greenspace;
  • shops;
  • a doctors’ surgery;
  • a nursery;
  • community centre;
  • a new leisure centre, including a 25-metre swimming pool plus a separate teaching pool, sports hall, studios and a gym. The outside facilities include a full-size 3G football pitch, and new grass football and rugby pitches.

ThamesWey chief executive Mark Rolt said: “We're looking forward to getting started on Canalside – a fantastic, environmentally friendly project that will create a truly sustainable community. BDP has been a key contributor to the development of the scheme and their focus on translating our objectives of increasing the density of both dwellings and parking while increasing open space and car-free areas into viable designs has been invaluable.”

Nick Fairham, architect director at BDP, the architects behind the masterplan, added: “We have prioritised cycling and pedestrian routes to key community buildings, meaning streets are car-free, whilst there is a strong emphasis on green spaces. Individual areas, defined by their own unique character, are centered on parkland, whilst a variety of housing meets demand from people across multiple generations to help foster mixed, balanced communities.”

* ThamesWey Developments Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of ThamesWey Limited, which in turn is wholly owned by Woking Borough Council.

15 April 2019
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has approved £142.5 million for a new Western Link, connecting the A56 at Chester Road with the A57 at Sankey Way in Warrington.

The road will create a crossing point over the Mersey. It should reduce congestion and open up land for development for 24,000 new homes and employment opportunities. Jobs are also expected to be created at the Port of Warrington.

Western Link Road will provide an additional link between the north and south of Warrington, and it is expected it will take traffic away from the town centre, as well as ease it around Warrington ban Quay station.

Roads minister Jesse Norman said: “Investment in roads cuts travel time, increases productivity and helps to create new job opportunities.

“The new Western Link Road will significantly benefit both road users and residents in Warrington, and is the latest instalment of the government’s record £13 billion investment in transport across the north of England.”

The government said construction on the new road could start as early as 2021.

15 April 2019
Laura Edgar, The Planner

A major new build-to-rent (BTR) complex in the heart of Cardiff is set to climb off the drawing board.

Work on the £25 million project, from BTR specialist developer PLATFORM_, is expected to start shortly with projected completion in two years’ time.

The scheme, which involves a series of buildings from eight to 12 storeys high, is earmarked for the former Browning Jones & Morris builders’ merchants site at Dumballs Road, close to Cardiff Central rail station.

The proposals, designed by architectural firm Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt, is another sign of growing developer and investor interest in the BTR sector in the Welsh capital.

The project will include:

  • 206 apartments;
  • communal dining facilities, a fitness centre and a bike club space; and
  • ground-floor retail space.

Each of the scheme's blocks will also have communal landscaped courtyards with roof terraces.

18 April 2019
Roger Milne, The Planner

An investment of £11 million will be made into building temporary modular homes to help homeless families in the capital, says Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

London boroughs and the mayor will work together to deliver modular homes for more than 54,000 homeless households living in temporary accommodation in the city, four-fifths of whom are families with children.

The units will be constructed off-site and then placed temporarily on land that is unused as it waits to be permanently developed. The funding is expected to deliver 200 affordable homes to rent, with the focus on two and three-bedroom homes.

The initiative is run by the Pan-London Accommodation Collaborative Enterprise (PLACE), which is a not-for-profit company hosted by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on behalf of those councils involved. PLACE is supported by the local government association body London Councils and has been developed by the London Housing Directors’ Group.

According to a statement from the mayor's office, the homes will have the quality of permanent housing, will meet the mayor’s draft London Plan space standards, and can be moved from one site to another as required.  

Khan said: “The rise in homelessness in recent years is a national disgrace. Government cuts mean that, too often, London councils are left with little choice other than to offer homeless families expensive housing a long way from their local area. I’m pleased to support this new initiative that makes use of modular construction and temporarily vacant sites to help ease some of that pressure and make a real difference to the families involved.”

Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ executive member for housing and planning, added: “PLACE will deliver new family-sized housing for homeless Londoners in their borough – close to their schools, jobs and support networks – and provide a high-quality alternative to other forms of temporary accommodation. It represents an innovative new approach and we’re pleased to have the mayor’s support for this crucial work.”

17 April 2019
Laura Edgar, The Planner

A round-up of planning news

Middlewich retirement homes approved

Cheshire East Council has granted planning permission for the regeneration of a 2.5-hectare derelict site in Middlewich town centre.

Fifty retirement apartments, 35 family homes and three retail units will be delivered on the site, which is just off Wheelock Street.

Avision Young secured the permission, while developer Henderson Homes will work alongside McCarthy and Stone to build the properties.


300 bids for Future High Streets Fund

Local authorities across England have submitted more than 300 bids to receive a share of the £676 million Future High Streets Fund.

High streets minister Jake Berry welcomed the “positive response” to the Future High Streets Fund.

Launched in December 2018 as part of the government’s plan for the high street, the £675 million Future High Streets Fund aims to help local leaders implement “bold new visions” to transform town centres and make them fit for the future.

Up to £55 million of the fund has been allocated to support the regeneration of heritage high streets. The government said details would be announced in “due course”.


Partnership to transform Black Country site

Two firms are teaming up to regenerate an eight-acre brownfield site into a canal-side housing development in West Bromwich.

JAHAMA, a real estate firm within the GFG Alliance, and Persimmon Homes have been working to secure planning consent for the 128-home development. The site, next to Balls Hill Branch Canal, became available after changes were made to the GFG’s manufacturing business.

Persimmon developed a blueprint with JAHAMA, and planning permission was granted by Sandwell Metropolitan Council. The developer has now completed the purchase of the site and begun groundworks in preparation for the construction of two, three and four-bedroom homes.

The scheme is due to start on site at the beginning of May.


Slough offices to be redeveloped

Slough Borough Council’s planning committee has given the go-ahead to the redevelopment of a site into 60 homes.

Offices and a garage currently occupy the site, which are due to become vacant once the tenants relocate later this year.

Designed by Pro Vision for Feltham Properties Ltd, plans set out a five-storey building at the junction of Station Road and Bath Road. The approval includes the demolition of the existing buildings, new access, amenity space, landscaping and boundary treatments. It is subject to a section 106 agreement.


Private rent partnership extended in South East

Crest Nicholson and M&G Real Estate have partnered for the fifth time to fund the construction of the second phase of private rented sector properties in Berkshire.

This phase aims to deliver 104 private rental homes in Arborfield Green – a new garden village of 2,000 dwellings within a short commute of Wokingham and Reading.

The partnership will provide a total of 218 private rental homes with communal facilities. The second phase is expected to be ready for occupation in 2020.

The M&G UK Residential Property Fund will finance the one and two-bedroom apartments.


Phase 1 of Manchester Airport redevelopment complete

Manchester Airport has announced the completion of the first major phase in its £1 billion transformation.

Passengers are able to use the new pier that connects to Terminal 2.

Construction of the 216-metres long structure began in July 2017 and the build was completed in late January 2019. The facility was trialled before transitioning into operation on 1 April.

The pier provides 11 jetty-served ‘contact’ stands and has more than 1,400 seats in a fully glazed upper departures level offering panoramic views of the airfield. A separate, segregated arrivals level provides passengers with a travellator-assisted walking route to the main terminal arrivals facilities.

It will be used by all airlines currently operating out of T2.


South Downs approves new home

The South Down National Park Authority (SDNPA) has approved plans for the second and third phases of the redevelopment of a brownfield site in Lewes.

North Street Quarter was given planning permission in May 2016 to develop 416 homes, 40 per cent of which have been designated as affordable, commercial space, a health hub and a public car park.

This included outline permission for the whole scheme and full planning permission for the first phase of the development.

Phases 2 and 3 comprise 178 homes in the western part of the scheme. The planning application for the appearance and landscape of this area deals with the architectural style and proposed materials of the buildings, as well as landscaping elements such as the new riverside walk, the courtyards and planting schemes.

North Street Quarter Ltd, which jointly owns the scheme with Lewes District Council, will now appoint a developer to deliver the plans.   

Property advisers Vail Williams adivsed North Street Quarter on the application.

16 April 2018
Laura Edgar, The Planner