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News in brief: 255 homes approved in West Sussex; Cherwell to review local plan

Words: Laura Edgar
River Adur development / Conran and Partners

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 14 July, 2020

255 homes approved in West Sussex

Adur & Worthing Councils have granted planning permission for a waterside regeneration project on the River Adur, between Southwick and Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.

The £40 million mixed-use scheme comprises 255 homes, with some affordable; flood defences for Shoreham Harbour and the surrounding area; a publicly accessible river walk to the site’s southern river edge; the widening and greening of the A259 Brighton Road to the north to provide space for a future planned cycleway; and a pedestrian footpath. There is also potential to connect to the planned district heating network. 

The homes will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom properties. Car and cycling provision, as well as electric vehicle charging, also form part of the plans. 

The site is former industrial land at Kingston Wharf. The approval was granted to international architecture and design practice Conran and Partners and the Hyde Group.


Cherwell to review local plan

Cherwell District Council has announced it is going to review its local plan. A meeting of the executive has approved a draft of 'Planning for Cherwell to 2040 - A Community Involvement Paper'. 

The existing plan was adopted in 2015 and covered the period 2011-2031. The new plan will cover the period to 2040.

A six-week consultation will take place during July and August, and the council will announce the start of the consultation shortly.


Dft looking for decarbonisation ideas

The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a call for ideas on steps it should take to reduce emissions from transport.

The consultation also asks for ideas on creating a plan to ensure UK transport is net zero in emissions by 2050.

It builds on a policy paper released by the DfT in March 2020 - Decarbonising transport: setting the challenge.

The consultation can be found here.


£40m for nuclear technology

The UK Government has announced £40 million of funding as it seeks to unlock thousands of green jobs by developing the next generation of nuclear energy technology.

Part of the funding - £30 million - will support three Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) projects. These are smaller than traditional nuclear plants and use intense heat generated in nuclear reactions to produce low-carbon electricity. 

The projects are Tokamak Energy in Oxfordshire, U-Battery in Cheshire and Westinghouse in Lancashire. Each will receive £10 million.
The remaining £10 million will be invested into unlocking smaller research, design and manufacturing projects, which the government expects will create up to 200 jobs.


Covid-19: 230,000 renters at risk of eviction when ban lifts 

Research by the charity Shelter suggests that around 227,000 adult private renters (3 per cent) have fallen into arrears since the start of the pandemic.

This means, explains Shelter, that they could lose their homes when the evictions ban ends on 23 August.  

Under the current court system, anyone who accrues rent arrears of eight weeks or more can be automatically evicted. They are also at risk of being subjected to a Section 21 ‘no fault’ eviction. 

Shelter has warned that unless the government acts to protect these renters, once the ban lifts judges will be "powerless" to stop them from losing their homes.  

According to a Shelter poll carried out by YouGov, 174,000 private tenants have already been threatened with eviction by their landlord or letting agent, which equates to 6 per cent who’ve had some contact or 2 per cent of private tenants overall. 

In total, there are 442,000 private renters in arrears, double the number from the same period last year. 

Polly Neate, chief executive at Shelter, said: "The housing secretary promised no-one would lose their home because of coronavirus. But the financial chaos of Covid-19 means that many private renters are in danger of being evicted when the current ban lifts. Unless he acts now, he will break his promise, and put thousands of renters at risk of homelessness."


Application submitted for recyling facility

Waste management firm Veolia has submitted a planning application for an Advanced Energy Recovery Facility, near Alton, to Hampshire County Council.

It says the facility will save 65,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year compared with sending the waste to landfill.

This planning application is for a "state of the art" facility thath will utilise non recyclable residual waste to produce power for the National Grid.  It will provide enough electricity for 75,000 Hampshire homes, and create over 300 jobs during construction, plus 40 permanent roles once operational, Veolia said.

The final application can be viewed on the Veolia website.


Centre House to be redeveloped into 500 new homes

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has approved proposals to transform Centre House in White City into a residential-led development.

Developer St James, part of the Berkeley Group, secured the consent, which is part of the 10-acre White City Living regeneration scheme comprising a total of 2,300 homes.

Designed by architects Pilbrow and Partners, the proposals at Centre House are for 527 new apartments "within a gently curved crescent and two landmark 22-storey and 32-storey buildings". Of the homes, 185 (35 per cent) will be affordable homes. They will be allocated to staff at Imperial College London and other key workers.

The scheme will also provide 10,000 square feet of new commercial space for Imperial College London and new pedestrian access routes.

Work is expected to start in late autumn.

Image credit | Conran and Partners