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News in Brief: £50m Salford regeneration given go-ahead; Wales to get consequentials from HS2

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 8 December, 2015

200 homes to be delivered in south-east London

HUB and Bridges Ventures have acquired a one-acre site within U + l’s Cross Quarter regeneration scheme in Abbey Wood, south-east London, with a view to building more than 200 homes. Cross Quarters is a £85 million mixed-use project that is expected to benefit from its proximity to the Crossrail terminus station from 2018. Steve Sanham, development director at HUB, said: “Cross Quarter is the perfect example of how transport and long-term investment can revive a community. And with our focus on creating mid-market homes for Londoners, the project will offer vital new opportunities for housing the capital’s workers.”

Green light for Porter Building

Slough Borough Council has granted planning permission for The Porter Building. It is a joint development between Landid Property and Brockton Capital. The 115,000 square feet of existing vacant office space will, according to plans, be transformed into contemporary offices for creative, digital and professional businesses. The new offices have designed to meet BREEAM 'Excellent’ standard. The plans have been designed by tp bennett.

£50m Salford regeneration given go-ahead

Silverlane Developments (Greengate) has been awarded planning permission by Salford City Council for 300 new homes in two towers. Norton Cross will consist of a 34-storey block and a 14-storey block of apartments. The £50 million development will also include 5,091 square feet of commercial space at ground level, basement car parking and landscaping. Indigo Planning and Jeffrey Bell Architects have advised on the project.

Stratford retail and leisure development approved

Stratford-on-Avon District Council has granted planning permission to UK & European Investments to redevelop Bell Court, previously known as Stratford Town Square. The £30 million redevelopment will include a four-screen cinema and a new restaurant. The 14th-century bell that previously hung in Bell Court will be reinstalled at the High Street entrance to the site. John Stacey, asset management director at UK & European Investments, said construction is expected to start in the New Year, with the development opening in spring 2017.

Shoreditch Highgate Hotel granted permission

The London Borough of Hackney has granted planning consent for Shoreditch Highgate Hotel, at 201-207 Shoreditch High Street, East London. The 319,000-square feet commercial building, which comprises a 200-room hotel and commercial space, is being developed by Highgate Holdings and designed by Gensler. It will also include creative office space with shared amenities and roof terraces. It is expected to provide 100 construction jobs and 804 new jobs for the local area. According to the plans, the façade is predominately glass, which is framed with black steel in an exposed concrete structure.

Wales to get consequentials from HS2

The Welsh Government has confirmed that Wales will receive additionally funding. The confirmation came after misleading statements on High Speed 2 (HS2) and consequential damages. Wales will receive a Barnett consequential of over £755 million over the next five years because of increased UK Department for Transport budgets, a consequence of the investment being made in HS2. The Barnett formula means Wales will get a share of the department’s spend for transport, not individual programmes.

Music industry welcomes ‘agent of change’ principle amendment to housing bill

UK Music has welcomed amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill that would place an “agent of change” principle on a statutory basis to the UK law. The bill is being debated by the Public Bill Committee this week. UK Music said the move, tabled by Labour, would offer respite to music venues across the UK. The change would ensure that developers for a new project are responsible for compliance when it is situated near an existing venue. If a music venue opened in a residential area it would be responsible for complying with residential requirements. Dave Webster, national organiser live performance, Musicians’ Union, said: “This amendment, if carried will help to ensure the many venues supporting live music and  providing community assets across the UK can continue to exist. Relaxation of planning laws allowing inner city, often redundant commercial buildings, to be turned into residential accommodation has in many cases adversely affected venues nationwide.” The changes can be viewed here (pdf) under Granting of planning permission: change of use to residential use.