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News in brief: 140-room hotel approved in Oxford; Commercial Ebbsfleet scheme approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 23 May, 2017

140-room hotel approved in Oxford

Oxford City Council has approved a 140-room hotel that will be built on Paradise Street in central Oxford.

Dominvs Group will develop and operate the hotel under the Courtyard by Marriott brand.

It will be arranged over six storeys, replacing the existing Cooper Callas building.

The scheme comprises food and beverage facilities for hotel guests and the local community, a roof garden and terrace.

Oxford City Council had identified the site for redevelopment in the West End Area Action Plan.


Commercial Ebbsfleet scheme approved

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has approved a commercial scheme that aims to support a new garden city in Kent.

WYG secured outline planning permissions for the scheme, which is set to be the first large employment scheme in the borough of Gravesham for 10 years.

The development will provide up to 231,000 square feet of space, including commercial units and workshops to accommodate small and medium-sized local businesses. A business hub with office space and small food and drink outlets is also proposed for Ebbsfleet garden city development.

The scheme includes plans to redevelop the Northfleet Power Station.

The project is expected to create 700 new jobs in a variety of roles.


Heritage mill redevelopment green-lit in Stroud

Stroud District Council has approved a heritage-led residential scheme in the Stroud Valleys in Gloucestershire.

The scheme, which has been designed by Assael Architecture, is seen as a catalyst for the regeneration of other disused industrial sites within the 13-mile conservation area that runs along the Stroud Valleys.

It includes the refurbishment and conversion of the grade II listed Ham Mill, an operational cloth mill from 1608, with a carpet manufacturer occupying the site from 1900 until 2000. The mill will be converted into 22 homes and 10,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.

It also comprises the creation of 55 two-storey town houses and four apartment buildings, as well as commercial and community space.


Welborne Garden Village ecology consultancy appointed

Ecology consultancy Thomson Ecology has advised the developer of Welborne Garden Village, Hampshire, on environmental and animal surveys.

The garden village is expected to comprise 6,000 residential units, retail and employment space, school, community facilities and public green space.

A team from Thomson Ecology carried out an Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) and prepared the Ecology Chapter of the Environmental Statement (ES) for the scheme for Buckland Development Limited.

The team also conducted a range of surveys including those for bats, badgers, birds, invertebrates, otters, water voles and reptiles, and a National Vegetation Classification (NVC) survey of woodland.

The final masterplan includes proposals for 78 hectares of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) which aims to provide recreational areas to mitigate the potential negative impacts of increased visitor numbers on off-site designated sites for nature conservation, especially those sites designated for wintering birds that could be disturbed by walkers and dogs.

The application has been submitted to the local council.


65-homes approved in South Devon

South Hams District Council has granted outline planning permission for 65 homes on a greenfield site in Chillington, a coastal village in South Devon.

The site lies on the edge of South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Permission was secured by Acorn Property Group’s Bristol office. The team said it undertook extensive landscape testing and modelling, and is committed to delivering a sensitive landscape scheme.

The team exchanged an Option Agreement for the land in 2015. They will now progress the detailed design and deal with the reserved matters.

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