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News in brief: New term for housing-with-care sector announced; Developer secures Solihull site

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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 9 November, 2021

New term for housing-with-care sector announced

The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) has announced that the UK’s housing-with-care (or extra-care housing) sector has adopted the term Integrated Retirement Community to describe the service-led operational model. 

Research on the view of older people found that many were “fed-up” with outdated terminology, such as ‘old people’s home’. 

ARCO consulted 600 people of 55 to 75-plus across England. They found that existing terms are confusing and at times offputting. People are left unclear and uninspired when considering a growing number of new living options that are available.

The representative body for the sector said it will work with members and the wider sector to support the adoption of the new term. This will include providing a toolkit and guide to language as well as infographics to describe the differences.

ARCO has also called on the sector and government to use a single term – Integrated Retirement Community – to describe the new form of specialist housing.

Such communities provide older people with the opportunity to live independently in their own home as part of a wider community. 


Developer secures Solihull site

UK property developer Godwin Developments has acquired a site in Hockley Heath near Solihull, on which it intends to deliver new homes.

The land, which is on Aylesbury Road, has been purchased on an unconditional basis and is allocated for housing. It is four acres in size and is adjacent to a new-build residential development, as well as existing public transport connections.

Tom Smallbone, associate director at Godwin Developments, said: “We are really pleased to have secured this land site in Hockley Heath. It is an excellent addition to our portfolio and demonstrates the continued investment and growth of the company in the West Midlands region."

Law firm Irwin Mitchell acted for Godwin Developments on the deal.                                                                                               


Council to work with landowners on climate crisis

Sefton Council has announced that its Green Sefton Service will spearhead a partnership with other landowners across the borough to take action on the climate crisis.

Representatives from various organisations, including the Environment Agency, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Mersey Forest, Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service and Natural England, have pledged to work with the council to identify joint projects and initiatives that produce natural capital benefits.

This could include planting trees on the streets, urban greening, natural flood management schemes and habitat schemes. The organisations have commissioned Liverpool John Moores University to map out opportunities for collaborative initiatives that will complement the wider Liverpool City Region’s Ecological Network Plan.

Benefits from such work will include air and water quality improvements, better biodiversity and a reduction in pollution.


Horton approves phase one of OHH

Plans for the first residential phase of One Horton Heath (OHH) have been approved by Horton Heath Development Management Committee. 

There will be 381 homes built in the first phase, comprising a mix of market and “affordable” housing, with a mixture of flats and houses together with informal public open space and formal areas of play. 

It will include landscaping, internal roads, footway/cycleways, associated parking spaces, drainage systems and associated infrastructure on the 13.76-hectare site west of Burnetts Lane. The primary vehicle access to the development will be from Burnetts Lane off the new Burnetts Lane/distributor road roundabout.

The overall development will consist of up to 2,500 homes together with a primary school, local centres with retail and business units, and community buildings. It will also provide formal sports facilities and informal public open spaces, footpaths and cycleways.

Construction of the first phase is expected to start in 2022, with the first homes being occupied in 2023 and completion in 2026/7. The Avenue link road is planned to be open when the first homes are occupied.


Daimler factory redevelopment plans submitted 

The Wigley Group has submitted a planning application to Coventry City Council to redevelop the former Daimler car factory site on Sandy Lane.   

The seven-acre brownfield site located on the side of the Coventry Canal will be known as Daimler Wharf. It will reconnect the existing community to Coventry Canal, creating a large public common.

Plans include building 480 new homes made up of a mixture of one, two and three bedrooms, with flexible work-live units.

A linear park and two public squares will act as focal points for the new community and direct pedestrian and cycle links through the new community to Coventry Canal will “enhance” the pedestrian corridor into the city centre.

There will be electric car charging points, and an electric bike and scooter station, as well as other flexible commercial space.

The first phase of the Daimler Wharf scheme has already been completed, with the refurbishment of the Daimler Powerhouse building into a creative hub.


Dover set for infrastructure upgrades  

Dover District Council has received £3.5 million from planning applications submitted by developers in 2020/21 to develop its education, housing, health, sports and open spaces.

Non-monetary contributions agreed in 20/21 for the community includes 108 “affordable” homes and two areas of open space land.

The Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS) was approved by the council for 2020/21 at its meeting. It provides a summary of developer contributions secured through section 106 agreements, which are used to provide infrastructure to support new developments and offset their impacts on the wider area.

Nicholas Kenton, cabinet member for planning, regeneration and development at the council, said: “People often ask where the infrastructure is to support new developments. This statement helps people to see what developers contribute to the district as major developments take shape. We work hard to secure the right infrastructure for the community to build a better future for the district.”

The report of the cabinet can be viewed here and the Infrastructure Funding Statement can be seen on the Dover District Council website (pdf).

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