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News in brief: 158,000 Help to Buy loan properties; Application submitted to redevelop Oxted car parks

Words: Laura Edgar
Build to Rent and private market homes approved / Shutterstock_519502300

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 1 May, 2018

158,000 Help to Buy loan properties

Since the launch of the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme (1 April 2013) 158,883 properties were bought with an equity loan, according to government statistics.

The total value of these loans was £8.27 billion.

Most of the purchases were made by first-time buyers, accounting for 128,317 – 81 per cent – of the total purchases.

Data from 1 December 2015 to December 2017 suggests that 128,328 property completions have been supported by the Help to Buy: ISA scheme.

Read more:

Help to Buy (Equity Loan scheme) and Help to Buy: NewBuy statistics: Data to 31 December 2017, England (pdf)

Help to Buy: ISA scheme Quarterly Statistics (pdf)


Application submitted to redevelop Oxted car parks

Tandridge District Council has received a planning application to redevelop the gasholder and Johnsdale car park sites in Oxted.

The application, by developer St William, is for 111 apartments, with an enhanced access route, landscaping and associated car parking.

The apartments comprise 20 one-beds, 70 two-beds and 21 three-beds. The apartments will be spread across three buildings, ranging from the three to seven storeys.

There will also be 134 cycle spaces.

The council first received a planning application for 77 apartments from St William in October 2017, which the planning committee approved in January 2018. St William has since agreed to buy Johnsdale car park from the council and the new planning application is for a residential redevelopment of both sites.


More than 300 Dagenham homes approved

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has approved plans to build 325 homes on a former Ford car park in Dagenham.

Aviva Life and Pensions Ltd’s proposals for Merrielands Crescent will deliver a mixture of tenures, including 35 per cent at sub-market rates.

This equates to 116 units, 55 of which will be rented at London Affordable Rent levels, with the other 61 available for shared ownership.


Plans submitted for listed building

Newcastle City Council has received a planning application to transform the Neville Hall building, home to the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (NEIMME).

The building lies in the central Newcastle city conservation area.

Charity The Common Room is managing the redevelopment and refurbishment project. The charity was established in 2017 to secure a sustainable future for the institute.

In November 2016, £600,000 of Heritage Lottery funding was secured to help to transform the grade II listed building.

Architecture firm Howarth Litchfield was appointed to prepare a full planning and listed building application for the internal refurbishment and extension of Neville Hall and the Wood Memorial Hall.

The proposals aim to sensitively convert the existing building and retain its historic library collection, refurbish the ground-floor reading rooms and enhance the conferencing facilities.

The planning application was submitted in March 2018 and determination is expected in May 2018.


Manufacturing facility approved in Halton

Halton Borough Council has granted planning permission for the new Sandon Global business headquarters at the Manor Park Industrial Estate in Runcorn.

The permission was secured by planning consultancy Nexus Planning and building consultancy Black Cat.

Proposals include a 43,200 square-foot new advanced manufacturing facility, which were produced by Black Cat. The firm will manage the project through to completion.


Campaigners respond to NPPF garden city principles call

Campaigners and action groups have come together to argue against garden city principles being reinstated in the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The current NPPF, published in 2012, sets out a requirement for local authorities to consider whether large-scale developments that follow the principles of garden cities is the best way of achieving sustainable development. The draft iteration, currently out for consultation, does not feature this reference.

In April, The Planner reported that more than 50 organisations had called on the government to reinstate the reference.

More than 50 campaigners and action groups have signed a letter saying the garden city principles should not be reinserted into the NPPF, including CAUSE, Alsop Verrill Town Planning and Development Consultancy and CPRE Essex.

These groups believe that garden cities “do nothing to increase the supply of truly affordable housing” and “are not viable without significant local authority borrowing and government subsidy”.


East End docks plan green-lit

The London Borough of Newham has granted outline planning permission for social enterprise Gasworks Dock Partnership’s plans to redevelop Cody Dock in London’s East End.

The plans are for up 2,000 square metres of employment space, 150 square metres of community and exhibition space, and 200 square metres of restaurant and café space. They also include public toilets, dockside storage space, parking and landscaping.

Cody Dock is located on the River Lea between the Olympic Park and the River Lea’s confluence with the Thames.

Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design advised Gasworks Dock Partnership. The plans are based on a masterplan by PUP Architects, for which Tibbalds acted as planning consultant.


Coventry approves student scheme

A planning application by McLaren (The Oaks) Limited (McLaren Property) for student accommodation on the currently vacant site at 1 The Oaks, Westwood Way, Coventry, has been approved by Coventry City Council.

The site is a short walk and cycle from the University of Warwick and is also easily accessible by public transport.

The permitted scheme includes 378 student accommodation units.

Bruce Ruddle, development director at McLaren Property, said: “It is anticipated that construction of the scheme will commence later in 2018, with the scheme expected to be completed for the 2020/2021 academic year.”