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News in brief: Travelodge approved in Ipswich; Royal Mineral Water Hospital to be restored

Words: Laura Edgar
Travelodge / Debbie Slizoski, Shutterstock_1443948533

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 10 August, 2021

Travelodge approved in Ipswich

Ipswich Borough Council has granted planning permission for a Travelodge in Ipswich.

It will be located near Ipswich Town Football Club and developed by the Burney Group on an underused car park in Russell Road, next to the closed-down Better Gym.

Designed by Dovetail Architects, the five-storey hotel will include 28 family rooms, 64 double rooms and eight accessible rooms. It will also have allocated car parking underneath the building and some car park spaces outside, a bar and restaurant.


Permission granted for school improvements

Nexus Planning has secured planning permission for a series of strategic improvements at Sutton High School on behalf of the Girls’ Day School Trust. 

The plans seek to enhance the school’s learning and sports facilities, address existing spatial constraints and improve the wellbeing of pupils.

An extension to the existing refectory building will be delivered, as well as an infill extension to the existing junior school building, a new two-storey prep school extension, new sports changing room facilities and the creation of a new multi-use games area. An outdoor learning terrace also features in the plans.


Leeds ward to deliver arts neighbourhood plan

East Street Arts is preparing to deliver a neighbourhood plan in Burmantofts, Lincoln Green and Mabgate.

Part of the project will see community members hosting an August summer school for 10-12 year olds who live in these areas. Planned activities include gardening classes, workshops and photography.

The activity will give people a say in the future of the places they live and work, including where new homes, shops, offices and public spaces should be built. It forms part of a project that feeds into the ward’s neighbourhood plan.

Helen Moore, engagement lead at East Street Arts, said: “There’s a special alchemy in this project – our neighbourhood plan activity has truly brought people together from all backgrounds. This work is so exciting and important because it is putting local people first.

"It’s rare that people and communities feel truly listened to, particularly if they’ve recently arrived in Leeds or are even new to life in the UK. That’s why our neighbourhood plan work has such huge potential, because if people can feel they are able to influence decisions in their local area they feel more engaged with places and political decision-making and contribute to being part of a real community here.”


Royal Mineral Water Hospital to be restored

Bath and North East Somerset Council’s planning committee has approved plans to restore and extend Bath’s former grade II* Royal Mineral Water Hospital.

The regeneration will be led by Fragrance UK – Bath Ltd, part of The Fragrance Group. 

The proposals will see the site turned into a luxury 160-bed hotel with spa facilities, meeting spaces and outdoor green spaces. The scheme could create up to 120 new jobs.

Fragrance UK’s plans for the heritage site seek to support biodiversity through a range of planting green walls and roofs.


Barnet building to be extended upwards

The London Borough of Barnet has granted prior approval to urban planning consultancy, Hybrid Planning and Development for a two-storey roof extension on a mixed-use building in Colindale. It will feature 34 residential apartments.

Mar House is an eight storey, mixed-use premises on Edgware Road that was completed in 2016. It comprises ground-floor commercial units, 95 residential apartments and several live-work units. 

Working on behalf of the new owner and developer, Old House Group Limited, Hybrid used part 20, class AA of the General Permitted Development Order to secure the two-storey upwards extension.

Combustible cladding installed by the previous developer will also be removed.


Skatepark in Stroud to close

A skatepark in Stroud where two Olympic medallists trained during the Covid-19 pandemic is to close to make way for new homes.

RUSH Skatepark, which was set up eight years ago, is one of the businesses at Brimscombe Port, near Stroud in Gloucestershire, that has been served with a notice to leave by the end of August.

Stroud District Council’s redevelopment plans include delivering homes and businesses.

Charlotte Worthington, who won BMX Freestyle gold, and Declan Brooks, who won bronze in the men's BMX freestyle, used the facility for training during the pandemic.

Image credit | Debbie Slizoski, Shutterstock