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News in brief: 1,000 homes approved for Greater Manchester; Development site in Leicestershire purchased

Words: Laura Edgar
Redevelopment site in Moira, Leicestershire / press release

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 3 April, 2018

1,000 homes approved for Greater Manchester

Rochdale Borough Council’s planning committee has granted approval for a hybrid planning application that will provide 1,000 new homes in South Heywood in Greater Manchester.

Russell Homes’ plans for the 129-hectare site also include 1.45 million square feet of employment space, a primary school, a local community centre and landscape infrastructure.

A new 2 kilometre link from the M62 will be built to serve new and existing employment areas.

The South Heywood masterplan is a long-term development that is estimated to create around 2,850 jobs.

IBI Group, a design and technology practice, has been engaged to provide a number of services, including masterplanning and urban design.


Development site in Leicestershire purchased

Wheatcroft Land has purchased a former warehouse site in Moira, Leicestershire, which will now be turned into a residential development.

The ‘high end’ development, situated in the National Forest, will comprise nine homes.

They will be a mixture of two to four-bedroom family homes, including semi-detached and detached properties. They are subject to detailed planning permission. The 0.99 hectare site currently has outline planning permission.

The site overlooks Ashby Canal.

Catherine Haward, director of Wheatcroft Land, said: “This is a really attractive area of Leicestershire with many country and outdoor benefits, including walking and cycling within the forest, which will make it a really lovely place to live and we are excited about bringing it forward.

“The redevelopment is in a beautiful location and our intention is to implement the planning consent of two to four-bedroom homes, three of which will be detached and six semi-detached, with a view to completion in spring 2019.”


£86m for Fife council homes

Fife Council has announced that it will spend £86 million on its housing stock over the next two years.

A further £42 million will fund the new-build affordable housing programme in 2019.

The council said £51 million of the £86 million is to be used to fund a number of projects, including retirement housing and regeneration work, while £6 million will be spent on installing new heating systems to help meet government energy-efficiency targets “three years early”.

The council is also committed to providing 3,500 new affordable homes by 2022 in partnership with Fife Housing Association Alliance. The aim, said the council, is to build homes of the right size and type where they are needed most.


Acorn to build in Duporth

Acorn Property Group’s Devon and Cornwall office, Acorn Blue and Somerston Healthcare Properties Limited have completed on the purchase and been granted planning permission to build 38 new homes on the site of a former holiday park in Duporth, Cornwall.

The Courtyard at Duporth comprises the conversion and refurbishment of existing stone buildings as well as new-build properties that will provide two and three-bedroom houses and apartments.

Acorn will lead the development, which benefits from access to private woodland and a private beach that overlooks St Austell Bay.

The development, which is expected to be complete in 2019, is for over-55s.


WSP to work on Quorn manufacturer project

Service and engineering consultant WSP has been appointed by Marlow Foods to carry out work on a new fermentation tower project in Billingham, County Durham.

The company will work on the design and construction of the tower, which is part of a £35 million project called BQ5.

On completion, the tower will form part of the production site.