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News in brief: 174-home scheme in Bolton submitted; Consultation launched on housing ombudsman

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 19 February, 2018

174-home scheme in Bolton submitted

Developer Bellway Homes has published proposals for a £21 million development of 174 houses near Bolton.

The plans, for a 10-hectare site at Bowlands Hey, were submitted to Bolton Council by planning consultancy Lichfields on behalf of Bellway Homes.

The scheme comprises 51 four-bed detached, 35 three-bed detached, 44 three-bed semi-detached, 22 three-bed semi-detached mews and 21 two-bed semi-detached mews homes. Of the 174 homes, 61 have been designated as affordable.

This scheme is the second phase of development for Bellway Homes, with the first taking place on adjacent land that has approval for 129 homes, secured on appeal in 2017.


Consultation launched on housing ombudsman

Housing secretary Sajid Javid has launched an eight-week consultation on proposals to shape a simpler and better complaints service for tenants and homeowners.

Its aim is to solve disputes faster and allow consumers to be able to access compensation where it is owed.

The consultation considers introducing a single housing ombudsman to cover the whole of the housing market, whether homebuilders should be required to join an ombudsman scheme, and shaming poor practice to help tackle the worst abuses.

It can be found on the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government website.


Green light for 140 Skipton homes

Craven District Council has granted outline planning permission for 140 homes in Skipton. The approval is subject to a Section 106 agreement.

The scheme, which includes 30 per cent affordable housing, cycle and pedestrian links and public open space, will be located on fields off Knaresborough Road. Pegasus Group secured the permission on behalf of a private landowner.


Waterside complex approved in Birmingham

A 404-home scheme in Birmingham’s Gun Quarter has been approved by the city council.

The Snow Hill Wharf project, at Shadwell Street, will see property firm St Joseph build the homes overlooking the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. Building works are due to begin on site this summer.

A mix of one, two, and three-bedroom apartments will be built across five buildings. The scheme also features a gym with a sauna, a residents’ lounge and a cinema room, as well as a 24/7 resident concierge service.


i54 business park to expand

A planning application for a western extension to i54 South Staffordshire is set to be submitted this spring.

The park’s development and investment is the result of a partnership between the City of Wolverhampton Council, Staffordshire County Council and South Staffordshire District Council.

An initial planning application to South Staffordshire District Council would include the development of 60 acres of land between Wobaston Road, Pendeford Hall Lane and the current i54 site. There is also potential to extend the park by over 100 acres, which could deliver up to 2,700 jobs.

i54 South Staffordshire Partnership will hold a public consultation on the proposals before they are submitted. More information can be found on the i54 website.


CPO powers approved to unlock Birmingham development

Birmingham City Council has resolved to use its compulsory purchase powers to unlock the Axis Square development site, which includes the redevelopment of The Axis building on Holliday Street in the city centre.

London & Continental Railways’ (LCR) plans for Axis Square were granted planning permission last year, and will create a million square feet of new grade A office accommodation and a new public square.

The site is currently home to a 1970s office block. The development is set to create a new city centre destination with four modern office buildings with cafés, a restaurant and retail opportunities at ground floor, formed around public open space.

LCR development manager, Nick Clough, says the council’s resolution to grant the use of a CPO “is a fundamental step forward in delivering this important development for the city”, and that work on the development can now move forward.


Review of South Worcestershire’s development plan starts

A review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) has begun with a consideration of the government’s guidance for setting housing requirements.

It will also look at the latest population growth figures so that the SWDP period can be extended until 2041. It will also appraise what infrastructure will be needed by 2041.

The current plan includes policies to facilitate the delivery of 28,400 new homes between 2006 and 2030.

The plan will be prepared by Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council.

An “issues and options” document will be published for public consultation towards the end of this year. A further consultation and a public examination will follow over the following three years. The three councils aim to adopt the revised SWDP in November 2021.


Swimming pool approved in Derby

Planning consultancy Turley, acting on behalf of Derby City Council, has secured planning permission for a new swimming and leisure facility in the city.

The complex will be on land at Osmaston. It is being delivered through Mace, with Faulkner Browns leading on design.

Plans will see a 10-lane, 50-metre swimming pool built, as well as leisure water for families and a learner pool. A gym will be built, as will fitness studios, a sauna, steams rooms and hospitality space.

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