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News in brief: 131 homes approved in Warwickshire; Focus must be on Scottish SMEs to deliver more housing

Words: Laura Edgar
Hampton Magna masterplan / Richborough Estates

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 5 February, 2019

131 homes approved in Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council has granted planning permission for 131 homes at Hampton Magna.

The outline application is for a 6.97-hectare site that can be accessed from the existing Daly Avenue. Of the homes, 40 per cent have been designated as affordable.

Plans also include the provision of green infrastructure, such as open space, allotments and a children’s play area (see image above).

Richborough Estates, a strategic land promotion company, secured the permission with support from David Barnes from Star Planning.


Focus must be on Scottish SMEs to deliver more housing

The number of smaller housebuilders must be ‘significantly’ increased, if Scotland is to address the 80,000-home deficit that has arisen over the past decade.

Myths surrounding land banking by housebuilders also need to be busted.

These are just two of the messages Homes for Scotland says it will deliver to MSPs today (5 February).

Chief executive Nicola Barclay said that given “80,000 fewer homes have been built in Scotland since 2008 whilst the growth in number of households over broadly the same period has more than doubled, it is easy to see why our country is in housing crisis”.

“A major contributory factor has been a near 40 per cent drop in the amount of companies building less than 50 homes a year and who traditionally focused on smaller sites.

“This is why we have formed a special project group and are working closely with the Scottish Government to define the solutions required. These may include easier access to development finance, the allocation of smaller sites, simplified planning processes, and a desire from regulators and enablers to help this important part of our industry to thrive once more.”

Barclay cited the Letwin Review when talking about land banking, saying: “There is absolutely no evidence of this.”


Plans submitted for Feltham Magistrate’s Court

MCR Property Group has submitted a planning application to redevelop Feltham Magistrate’s Court, Hounslow, into 27 homes.

If approved, the locally listed Victorian-era structure will be converted into a mixed-tenure development. It will comprise one studio apartment, five one-bedroom, 16 two-bedroom, three three-bedroom and one four-bedroom apartment, as well as four-bedroom townhouse.

The building was built in 1902 and served as Feltham Town Hall. It was then used as a courthouse from 2013. The existing façade and side elevations will be retained.


Central London buildings to be redeveloped

The City of London’s planning and transportation committee has approved proposals to redevelopment 1 Stonecutter Court and 81 Farringdon Street.

Permission was secured by consultancy tp bennett and Greycoat Real Estate for the Farringdon development.

The redevelopment of the site, designed by tp bennett, will provide 344,448 square feet of grade A office space over 13 storeys, as well as 12,197 square feet of retail provision and 2,475 square feet of improved public realm.


Homes boost for Oxfordshire village

Plans for 25 new homes in Sonning Common have been approved by South Oxfordshire District Council.

Planning consultant Pro Vision worked on behalf of developer TA Fisher to secure the permission.

The development, on land behind Kennylands Road, will comprise 15 market homes and 10 affordable, of which eight will be available for rent in line with council policy. Plans include a landscape buffer to soften the transition to the countryside, open space and a children’s play area.


Plans for shipping container business container submitted

Plans are to be submitted for an 18,000 square-foot business park in the Kingmoor Park Enterprise Zone in Cumbria. The park would be developed out of recycled shipping containers.

ModVillage’s initial phase comprises 24 offices and a café.

Galloway Modular Construction, based in Newton Stewart, will convert and supply the containers.


Oxfordshire submits bid to HIF

Oxfordshire County Council has submitted a Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) business case to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) for the expected growth in the Didcot Garden Town area.

If the £218 million bid is successfully, it will deliver:

  • A4130 widening from A34 Milton Interchange towards Didcot.
  • A new Science Bridge over the A4130, Great Western Railway Line and Milton Road into the former Didcot A Power Station site.
  • A new Culham to Didcot river crossing between the A4130 and A415.
  • A Clifton Hampden Bypass.

All schemes include improved segregated walking and cycling routes.

Image credit | Richborough Estates