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News in brief: 2,000 homes approved in Ealing; Work under way on £38 million Staffordshire development

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 26 February, 2019

2,000 homes approved in Ealing

Ealing London Borough Council has granted planning permission for the 2,000-home regeneration of the former Middlesex Business Centre in Bridge Road, Southall.

Montreaux’s plans for the 12.4 acre site include affordable and build-to-rent homes, a one-acre park, business space, shops, community space, a hotel and public green areas.

The site is located near the new Crossrail station.

Work will start this autumn, with the first homes expected to be available in spring 2022.


Work under way on £38 million Staffordshire development

Work has started on the £38million Liberty Park development in Lichfield, Staffordshire, after Lichfield District Council granted planning permission for the development of two speculative industrial / logistics units.

The development is expected to create more than 700 new jobs.

The new units – L115 and L48 – will provide 115,000 square feet and 48,000 square feet of grade A industrial/logistics accommodation with up to 230 combined car parking spaces and 17 lorry spaces. Derbyshire-based G F Tomlinson has been appointed as lead contractor and is expected to complete work on the new units in October 2019.

Jake Berry, minister for local growth, said: “We are committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the Midlands Engine and building a country that works for everyone. Our £4 million Local Growth Fund investment has paved the way for work to start on the development of Liberty Park, funding the infrastructure works necessary to open up this business park. Once complete, this project will enable the people of Lichfield and the wider Staffordshire area to benefit from the creation of more than 700 jobs, as well as a new investment site that will attract more businesses to the area.”

Liberty Park, Lichfield, is being jointly marketed by CBRE and Avison Young.


Funding applications for Scotland’s peatlands open

The latest Peatland ACTION Fund round is open. There is £1.5 million available to restore damaged peatlands across Scotland.

The funding comes through the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan commitments, which sets out the long-term ambition to restore 250,000 hectares of peatland by 2030.

With more than 80 per cent of peatland habitats estimated to be damaged in Scotland, restoration is crucial to “locking-in” carbon, helping to tackle climate change, said Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

The funding primarily supports on-the-ground restoration activities, including the installation of peat dams in man-made ditches to increase water levels, allowing the peat-building mosses, called sphagnums, to re-establish.

To date, Peatland ACTION has set over 15,000 hectares of Scotland’s peatlands on the road to recovery, working with more than 200 applicants.

Andrew McBride, Peatland ACTION project delivery manager, said: “In the face of climate change, healthy peatlands can provide multiple solutions, such as increased water availability for livestock and wildlife, as a wildfire retardant and by slowing river flows helping to reduce downstream flooding.”

The funding round closes on 17 May 2019. Information and guidance for people thinking of applying to the fund is available on the SNH website.


SFHA ‘disappointed’ about adaptation funding freeze

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said it is “deeply disappointed” that the 2019/2020 Scottish Budget has “effectively frozen” funding for housing adaptations when there is already a shortfall.

The Scottish Budget was approved on 21 February.

Sarah Boyack, SFHA head of public affairs, said: “The number of people requiring their homes to be adapted to enable them to live healthier, more independent lives has increased substantially.

“A recent SFHA member survey revealed that half way through the year, many housing associations run out of the vital funding required to install adaptations for people who need them. This must change, as it is a classic example of effective preventative spend that needs to be significantly increased.

“Falls cost the NHS £500,000 per day. A handrail and additional lighting that could help prevent a fall costs around £500. Pressure on our NHS will only start to decrease when we invest in prevention.”


350 Harrow homes approved

Barratt London and the Hyde Group have been granted planning approval for 350 homes across two development plots in the second phase of the Harrow View East scheme.

Community and leisure facilities will also be provided.

Harrow View East is on the site of the former Kodak factory, set within the Harrow & Wealdstone Opportunity Area and the Heart of Harrow Housing Zone. Both of these are designated by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Harrow Council for the provision of new housing.

Property consultancy Carter Jonas secured the permission and Pollard Thomas Edwards designed the scheme.


Wolverhampton bus depot plans approved

Plans for the £21 million transformation of Wolverhampton's former bus depot site in Cleveland Road have been approved.

The mixed-use development comprises 74 apartments and 18 houses to be offered for sale. There is also a YMCA building including retail space, a training and office area, plus a day nursery. The nearby former Royal Hospital building is set to become a major feature, fronting a new public open space.

The plans were submitted by developer Jessup and the designs drawn up by award-winning architectural practice BPN.

Homes England bought the site and carried out extensive works, including the demolition of the former bus depot, to make the development possible.


Derby site brought forward for development

Trebor Developments and partner Hillwood have agreed with landowner Acordis Beheer BV to bring forward the development of a site near Derby city centre.

The 11-acre brownfield site is located at Megaloughton Lane, next to the A52.

Trebor Developments has submitted a planning applictation to the city council for three industrial units that range from 30,000 square feet to 150,000 square feet. They will be available on a leasehold basis.

Subject to planning consent, work on site is due to commence this summer, with the units available for occupation from the second quarter of 2020.

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