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News in brief: 146 homes approved at Rugby radio station; Council homes in Nottingham a step closer

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 4 May, 2021

146 homes approved at Rugby radio station

Rugby Borough Council has granted planning permission for the next parcel of land at Rugby’s former radio station development at Houlton.

Consultant Pegasus Group secured reserved matters planning approval on behalf of William Davis Homes for 146 dwellings.

The new homes will comprise a mix of two, three, four and five-bed properties, which form part of the wider sustainable urban extension (SUE) submitted as a joint venture between Urban and Civic and Aviva Investors in 2014.

The William Davis development contributes to the delivery of the strategic masterplan, which includes 6,200 homes, a secondary school, three primary schools, 31 hectares of employment space, a district centre, three local centres and 24 hectares of open space and sports pitches.


Council homes in Nottingham a step closer

Nottingham City Homes (NCH) has appointed a construction delivery partner for the delivery of new council homes in Clifton.

East Midlands-based Geda Construction has been awarded the contract. It is expected that the homes will be completed in 2022.

Planning permission for 36 one-bedroom apartments on the site of the former Southchurch garages, off Hamilton Court in Clifton, was granted last year.

Once built, the flats will be owned by Nottingham City Council and managed on its behalf by Nottingham City Homes. They will go to local households on the council house waiting list.  


Architects appointed to oversee pilot decarbonisation project

Sarah Wigglesworth Architects (SWA) has been appointed to lead a multidisciplinary team that has been awarded £1.3 million of funding to decarbonise 50 socially rented homes in Warwick.

The pilot project is being undertaken with SWA long-time partner Enhabit, in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University and the housing team at Warwick District Council.

Work involves improving thermal comfort and energy efficiency of existing semi-detached houses and bungalows across Lillington, Leamington Spa and Warwick to reduce the lifetime carbon running costs and preventing the release of embodied carbon in the existing buildings.

Wigglesworth explained: “The project is a critical step for tackling fuel poverty in social housing; we have developed innovative methods for selecting properties with local and national relevance, providing solutions for a cross-section of lifestyles and income levels. If successful, the project can be extended to both social and private housing demonstrating the value of design-led decarbonisation.”

Plans include wrapping the external envelope of the building in insulation and new external cladding, installing triple glazed windows, fitting ‘state of the art’ ventilation systems and improving the thermal performance of the roof and ground-floor slab.

This is one of the first projects to undertake PAS 2035 compliant retrofit at scale.

Work is due to start on site at the beginning of 2022.


Application for reserved matters at Oxford science district submitted

Thomas White Oxford (TWO), the development company of St John’s College, has submitted its enabling works reserved matters application (RMA) to kick-start Oxford North – the new life sciences district for Oxford – to the city council.

This comes after Oxford City Council recently granted planning permission for outline consent for the overall 64-acre masterplan and detailed consent for the first phase of development in the central area.

The reserved matters applications covers earthworks, sustainable drainage ponds, landscaping and related initial infrastructure required for the new link road construction between the A40 and A44 for the first phase of development. This development in the central area will provide 140,000 square feet of laboratories and workspace in three buildings along with the first phase of the new public park.


18-storey residential block approved

Ashford Borough Council has approved plans for a 18-storey residential development on a brownfield site in Ashford, opposite the international railway station.

The development includes 216 homes (207 apartments and nine riverside townhouses); three commercial units on the ground floor in Beaver Road;  a rooftop restaurant; and a landscaped courtyard. Two storeys will accommodate parking.

Developer, A Better Choice for Property Ltd, has called the development Infinity Ashford, in honour of John Wallis (1616-1703), who was born and raised in Ashford before becoming one of the world’s most eminent mathematicians.


Reds10 to deliver over £45m of new school build projects

Vertically integrated off-site construction specialist Reds10 is advancing plans for five new schools under the Department for Education's (DfE) £3 billion ‘Off-site Schools Framework (incorporating modular and MMC delivery)’, which launched last year.

Reds10 will deliver over £45 million of works for the new school buildings. The buildings are part of the first wave of new MMC schools to be built in the next four years as part of the government’s drive for increased use of MMC.

The first project to be awarded a contract on the framework was Reds10’s Abbey Farm Educate Together Primary School in Swindon, which was submitted for planning 13 weeks after appointment. It seeks to achieve net-zero operational carbon. Work was due to begin on site at the end of April.

Other schools Reds10 are progressing include:

  • Oak Tree SEN School in Winnersh, which completed its school engagement phase in mid-April, will form part of the Maiden Erlegh Trust Academies, providing 150 spaces, catering for both primary and secondary school age pupils with social, emotional, and mental health needs (SEMH) and/or autistic spectrum condition (ASC).
  • Kent SEND School: the first SEND school on the Isle of Sheppey.
  • Waterside Primary Academy in Nottingham, part of the DfE’s Pathfinder Programme, which is being used to establish the future sustainable schools’ matrix.


Spelthorne joins Local Land Charges Register

Spelthorne Borough Council has joined HM Land Registry’s Local Land Charges Register, which means that anyone requiring local land charges in the borough will need to get them from HM Land Registry rather than going to the council.

Local land charges searches are normally required in the property-buying process. Most local land charges are restrictions or prohibitions on the use of the property such as planning permissions or listed buildings.

Heather Morgan, group head for regeneration and growth at Spelthorne Borough Council, said: “We are delighted to be the first borough within Surrey to migrate to HM Land Registry’s LLC Register. We are confident that the change will be seamless for our clients and residents, whilst maintaining our high level of service and the quality of our data.”


Stockport in search of brownfield land

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has issued a call for brownfield land that might be suitable for development. The call is part of work to develop a local plan.

The sites will be considered before the council makes decisions in respect of other land to be included. All sites put forward will be assessed against a range of criteria to make sure that they deliver the aims and objectives of the local plan.

Suggestions can be submitted until 23 May 2021 on the council website.

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