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News in Brief: 3,500 Docklands homes, Scotland's private rented sector reforms

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 31 March, 2015

Pickles promises 3,500 more Docklands homes

A £200 million government loan will see work start on a new development in Canary Wharf, says communities secretary Eric Pickles. The loan aims to “provide the infrastructure needed to unlock the site to the east of the existing Canary Wharf estate, including the relocation and upgrades of utilities for the site”. Proposals for 3,500 homes and 2.8 million square feet of offices, shops and community facilities have already got planning permissions and work will now begin “within months”.

Planning application submitted for solar park

A planning application to install a solar park on 10.8 hectares of pastureland near a Leicestershire village has been submitted to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council. The application has been submitted by Pegasus Group on behalf of Sun Farm UK Ltd for land at Lindridge Farm, near Newbold Verdon. The park could power more than 1,000 homes.

Aberdeenshire planning blueprint published

The Proposed Local Development Plan for Aberdeenshire has now been published, and the public are able to comment on it until May 8. It identifies sites for development and the policies that would be used when making decisions on planning applications.

Talks start to reform Scotland’s private rented sector

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on a ‘legislation overhaul’ of the private rented sector. This consultation follows an initial consultation last year. Scotland’s housing minister Margaret Burgess said the plans to reform the private rented sector tenancy laws will remove the fear of eviction and help tenants to assert their rights. The government is proposing to scrap the ‘no-fault’ repossession clause, which allows landlords to reclaim their property because a fixed rental term has ended.