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News in brief: 165 homes approved in Derbyshire; Scottish Housing Regulator gets new chair

Words: Laura Edgar
Tintwistle / Geograph-3214243-by-David-Dixon

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 20 June, 2017

165 homes approved in Derbyshire

High Peak Borough Council has approved 165 dwellings in Tintwistle, Derbyshire.

Planning consultancy Nexus Planning submitted the plans on behalf of contaminated land specialists BXB Ltd.

The scheme will see the regeneration of a derelict brownfield site, which is located beside the River Etherow.

The land has previously been a home to a textile mill, landfill site for commercial waste and a contractors’ haulage yard. The site has since been vacant for 10 years.

High Peak Borough Council and Nexus Planning worked together to tackle issues such as biodiversity and the proposed remediation strategy.


Scottish Housing Regulator gets new chair

A new chair and three new members have been appointed to the Board of the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR), Scottish ministers have announced.

The new chair is George Walker. He has been a non-executive director in the NHS, where he oversaw finance and governance projects.

The current chair, Kay Blair, will retire in August.

The new members of the board are Siobhan White, Andrew Watson and Bob Gil.

They will join the regulator from 1 July.

More information about the appointments can be found on the SHR website.


£35m Salford plans published

Plans for a £35 million building next to the River Irwell in Salford have been published by Bolton developer Forshaw Land and Property Group.

The proposals are for land on Derwent Street in the Ordsall area. They comprise 183 apartments, a cinema, a gym and retail kiosk arranged in buildings from 11 to 27 high.

The plans have been submitted to Salford City Council by planning consultancy Lichfields on behalf of Forshaw Land and Property Group. DLA Design is the architect.

According to Lichfields, the development would support more than 230 jobs during the 18-month construction period.


Sargeant writes about housing pact

Welsh communities secretary Carl Sargeant has issued a written statement about a housing supply pact between the Welsh Government, the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The statement notes that the Welsh Government’s recognises the importance of private sector building, and that both the government and the private sector know there is more to be done to ensure that housing supply meets growing need.

The Welsh Government’s priority is to increase housing supply and maximise the benefits from construction through local jobs and apprenticeships.

The pact sets out commitments from the Welsh Government, the HBF and the FMB for the remainder of the administration. The government makes a number of commitments, including:

  • To engage with the industry to help shape future housing policy and identify the most important barriers to housing supply in Wales.
  • To work with local authorities to ensure every planning authority in Wales adopts a local development plan and carries out a review where required.
  • To develop new policies to encourage growth of small and medium-sized house builders.

The HBF and FMB commit to:

  • Maximise community benefits through local investment and other targeted opportunities, including increasing provision of apprenticeships and training schemes and development of local SMEs.
  • Help develop the construction skills agenda.
  • Provide detailed evidence to inform and shape new housing policy.

The full statement can be found on the Welsh Government website.


Granton Waterfront application submitted

Places for People has submitted plans for the third phase of the Granton Waterfront development to the City of Edinburgh Council.

The development comprises 89 homes, landscaped courtyard and amenity space.

Of those 89 homes, 33 will be for affordable rent and 56 for sale, said Colin Rae, group development director at Places for People.

Property management company Places for People is aiming to build 2,000 new homes in Edinburgh over three years.                                                                                                   


Matlock site sold to house builder

Land promotion firm Richborough Estates has completed the sale of a 17-acre development site near Matlock, Derbyshire, to housebuilder William Davis Homes.

Richborough Estates had already secured planning consent for the delivery of up to 110 homes on the site. However, responding to changes in market demand for a greater number of family homes, William Davis Homes secured reserved matters planning consent for 86 homes.

The site, which abuts the Matlock Bank Conservation Area, has been masterplanned in a sympathetic manner to respect Bailey’s Tump, the historic and locally significant remains of a Second World War fortified air defence site, according to a statement by Richborough Estates.

The dry stone walls that enclose the site will be protected and more than 50 per cent of the land available will be public open space.  

The site, which has an approximate land value of £4 million, was promoted by Richborough Estates on behalf of the Presentation Sisters Trustees, an order of nuns whose convent is next to the development plot.

Image credit | David Dixon