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News in brief: 30GW of onshore wind pipeline by 2030; Romsey masterplan outlined

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 3 November, 2020

30GW of onshore wind pipeline by 2030

Research suggests that the capacity of onshore wind could grow to 30 gigawatts (GW) by 2030 – more than double the UK’s current operational capacity.  

RenewableUK's Onshore Wind Project Intelligence report finds that new onshore wind capacity will increase over this decade, as technology costs fall and the resumption from next year of auctions for contracts to generate power.

Reaching 30GW is contingent on all projects being built. This would power more than 19.5 million homes in the UK a year.

The total project pipeline includes UK onshore wind projects that are operational, under construction, consented, submitted into the planning system or being developed for submission into planning.


Romsey masterplan outlined

Test Valley Borough Council has approved the masterplan for the south of Romsey town centre.

It was put together by planning consultancy Nexus Planning.
Led by executive director Shaun Andrews, Romsey Future and the council instructed the firm to put together the masterplan. It worked alongside Perkins & Will Architects and other consultants to prepare the South of Romsey Town Centre Masterplan.

The masterplan includes a new square and flexible community space right, new retail and dining space and a new mobility hub. It covers short, medium and long-term scenarios for the area.

More information on the masterplan can be found on the Romsey Future and Test Valley Borough Council websites.


Kensington Forum redevelopment approved

London’s deputy mayor Jules Pipe has granted planning approval for the Kensington Forum to be redeveloped.

This will provide a hotel and serviced apartment scheme, 62 affordable homes and public realm improvements, including a 2,700-square-metre garden square.

Designed by architects at SimpsonHaugh, the scheme – by Queensgate Investments and Rockwell – will replace the existing 906-room hotel.


Modular developer secures Rushden site

Modular housing company ilke Homes has secured a site allocated for residential development in Rushden, Northamptonshire.

The site has the potential to deliver up to 150 affordable homes for the local community on a nine-acre site.

ilke Homes said it would work with East Northamptonshire Council, Rushden Town Council and the local community to secure planning permission that is in line with the adopted neighbourhood plan.

The neighbourhood plan was prepared by Rushden Town Council, covering a plan period up until 2031.

ilke Homes worked with Savills to secure the deal for the site.


Land with planning in Nottinghamshire brought to market

Property consultancy Fisher German has brought to market a 9.88-acre site with planning permission off Burton Road in Gedling, subject to signing a section 106 agreement.

The land is currently being used for agricultural purposes. It is located opposite the new Gedling Access Road, which is under construction and due for completion in autumn 2021.

The firm is acting on behalf of landowner Midlands Land Portfolio Ltd, the property development arm of Severn Trent Water. Offers are invited from housebuilders.

Luke Brafield of Fisher German, said: “The site is not only close to a number of outstanding and good Ofsted-rated schools, but is also in close proximity to Victoria Retail Park, which provides a range of retail and leisure facilities.”

He added that the transport links are “excellent”.


Site with planning permission sold in Cambridgeshire

Cambridge-based property group Endurance Estates has sold a 5.5-acre site with planning permission for 52 residential homes to property developer Ashberry Homes.

The scheme comprises private and affordable housing in Fordham. A section 106 agreement commits future development on the land to provide contributions to the improvement of local highway infrastructure, which will go towards improvements to the A142/Fordham Road/A1123 roundabout, as well as 20 affordable homes.

Contributions will also be made for the provision of public open space.


Khan announces funding for housing for rough sleepers

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced funding to create 903 longer-term homes for homeless Londoners that will be ready for occupation by spring next year.

The money is coming from a £93.4 million grant from the government to provide accommodation and support for people currently living in hotels, hostels or other supported housing.

The grant was announced in July. Since then, Khan said City Hall’s rough sleeping team have been inundated with bids from charities, boroughs and housing providers.

Thirty-eight projects have been selected to receive funding, including:

  • The London Borough of Enfield: £9.1 million capital and revenue funding to deliver 73 homes and support across three different projects.
  • Redbridge Council in partnership with the Salvation Army: £233,000 investment to help to deliver and support residents in eight new modular homes for former rough sleepers. The homes will make use of ‘meanwhile sites’ and have been gifted to the Salvation Army by developer Hills Consortium as part of their ‘Foundation 200’ pledge.
  • Resonance: A £5 million contribution to Resonance’s £15 million social impact investment property fund, delivering 50 homes across London for rough sleepers. Resonance will work in partnership with social justice charity Nacro.

Work will begin as soon as possible so more than 900 people will be helped to move into homes completed by 31 March 2021.


Southport submits Town Deal bid

Southport Town Deal Board has submitted a £50 million plan to the government's Town Deal Fund.

The funding would act as a kick-starter for a wider £400 million investment in the town and bring 1,250 additional jobs to the area through the initial projects.

The Southport Town Deal bid includes a new convention and events centre on the site of the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, which closed earlier this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It would comprise a 1,200-seat auditorium, exhibition halls, a café and co-working space.

The plan also aims to regenerate the town centre and drive business growth. Lord Street would be restored, a new events space created and the existing Southport Pleasureland would be transformed.


Business park approved

The Isle of Wight Council has approved RCKa's and Stantec's plans for a business park on the island.

The proposal, the firms explained, responds to the surrounding landscape to create a series of interconnected outdoor spaces that connect with the wider community and enhance wellbeing. A series of densely organised buildings have been designed to offer flexibility to businesses as they develop.

The Ryde Nicholson Road Business Park will be divided into three areas – a village square, rural business park and meadowland campus.

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