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30/11/2021

News in brief: Clerkenwell warehouses to be refurbished; NatureScot announces £5m nature fund

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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 30 November, 2021

Clerkenwell warehouses to be refurbished

The London Borough of Islington Council has granted planning permission for the refurbishment of the Farringdon Road Estate.

BentallGreenOak’s scheme, designed by Fathom Architects, is aimed at improving the carbon footprint of the site.

The project at 143-157 Farringdon Road will increase the space by almost 10,000 square feet with upgrades to the quality of workspace, the creation of private and communal terraces and improving circulation. The basement will feature cycle storage, lockers and showers.

 

NatureScot announces £5m nature fund

NatureScot has awarded £5 million from the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund for 54 projects in its first round of funding to restore nature, safeguard wildlife and tackle the causes of climate change in Scotland. 

The first recipients of the funding include projects to restore Scotland’s rare rainforest, enhance black grouse habitat in Southern Scotland, and create robust dune flood defences in St Andrews.

The Nature Restoration Fund was launched in July this year and it has now been extended to at least £65 million over the next five years. The funds support a range of urban, rural, marine and coastal-focused projects to address the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

Francesca Osowska, chief executive of NatureScot, said: “Scotland is taking action now to meet the huge challenges and pressures that nature is facing and it is projects like these that will make the difference and set us on the road to recovery.

“Climate change needs nature-based solutions, not only to help us reach net zero by 2045 but to create a healthier, more resilient Scotland.”

 

Waterside development in Wembley approved

The London Borough of Brent Council has given planning permission to Regal London’s plans for a mixed-use scheme on Fulton Road in Wembley.

The scheme has been designed by architects and masterplanners JTP.

The site was previously the headquarters of Euro Car Parts. The plans provide for 759 homes – 35 per cent of which will be affordable. The homes will be arranged over five tenure-blind buildings. 

The scheme also includes more than 33,000 square feet of flexible commercial space, including retail, light industrial and logistics uses. Publicly accessible green space, highway improvements and a pedestrian crossing on Fulton Road also feature.

As part of the commitment to the local area, Regal London said it has pledged that 20 per cent of those employed on-site will be local residents, which is double the requirement by the London Borough of Brent. 

 

Holiday lodge plans submitted in Northumberland

A planning application for a holiday and leisure complex in Northumberland has been submitted.

It features 30 dormer-style, two-bedroomed holiday lodges with associated decking and car parking spaces, as well as a gym, swimming pool and restaurant.

The plans were submitted by developers Cheviot View Leisure Ltd for the former paintballing site at Eshottheugh near Felton.

The leisure facilities will be available for local residents as well as holidaymakers.

Hedley Planning Services is working with the developers. 

 

Former pool site in Leeds to host flats and student accommodation

Leeds City Council has granted planning permission for the transformation of the former Leeds International Pool site at Lisbon Street.

The 2.8-acre site has been used as a car park since the pool was demolished  in 2009.

DLA Architecture has designed the development on behalf of Lisbon Street Developments, a joint venture between Marrico Asset Management and Helios Real Estate. DLA submitted the proposals earlier this year.

The scheme will deliver build-to-rent residential towers of 33 and 22 storeys including 629 apartments, a 24-storey student accommodation building with 548 bed spaces and a 15-storey, 120 key aparthotel. It also includes a 22,000 square feet of co-working office space and 131,000 square feet of grade A office accommodation. 

DLA sought to fulfil a prerequisite that the scheme should incorporate a strong public realm with linkages to neighbouring West End sites such as Wellington Place.

Construction is set to start next spring.

 

Basingstoke approves housing development

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has approved a reserved matters planning application submitted by Boyer on behalf of Bloor Homes to build 227 homes at Basingstoke Golf Course. 

The 48-hectare scheme, which is west of Basingstoke in Hampshire, will be known as ‘Bloor Homes on the Green’. It will include 91 “affordable” homes,  a retail centre, a community building, a day nursery, sports facilities and open space.

Associated infrastructure will include a pedestrian crossing connecting residents to a new school at the Hounsome Fields development opposite. Residents will benefit from high-speed broadband, the option for electric car charging points, an improved bus service and highways improvements. 

Rebecca Fenn-Tripp, planning director of Bloor Homes, said: “We are delighted to have achieved the first reserved matters approval for this major development, which will offer considerable benefits to the local community. This represents a real milestone for Bloor Homes and we look forward to commencing work on site in the near future to start delivering high-quality homes in this mature landscaped setting.”

The work is due to begin this month, with overall completion for the entire site expected to take 10 years.

 

WMCA approves £6m industrial park plans

Plans to construct a new industrial park on a derelict steelworks site in north Birmingham have been approved by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

The £6 million development of Minworth Industrial Park will transform the former Steel Plates and Sections site off Forge Lane into 72,000 square feet of industrial and trade counter space. The 11 units will range from 4,466 to 12,701 square feet. 

The site is just over four miles from Sutton Coldfield town centre and eight miles north-east of Birmingham city centre.

It will create 140 new jobs and more than three acres of brownfield land will be brought back into economic use.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to help unlock yet another scheme that creates local jobs for local people, whilst regenerating brownfield land and protecting the precious green belt.

“Despite the pandemic the WMCA has continued to invest its cash in remediating brownfield land, helping to drive our region’s recovery by creating jobs and building high-quality, truly affordable homes.”

 

Willenhall station work under way

The construction of a new station in Willenhall is under way for the return of passenger services on the Walsall to Wolverhampton line.

The £54 million project includes another station at Darlaston, and will enable people of Willenhall to travel to either Walsall or Wolverhampton in eight minutes and Birmingham New Street in 25 minutes. The line currently sees only freight services in operation.

There will be two trains an hour from Birmingham New Street and Crewe, calling at Wolverhampton, and an hourly shuttle between Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Eddie Hughes, MP for Walsall North, said: “The railway station will be a lifeline connecting the people of Willenhall to opportunities for jobs, training and leisure across the region, cutting those journey times. 

“It will also be fantastic for the town, bringing people into the centre of Willenhall and supporting the regeneration of the area.”

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