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News in Brief: 441 homes approved in Hampshire; Construction increased in March – report


A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 26 April, 2016

441 homes approved in Hampshire

Eastleigh Borough Council has granted planning permission for 441 homes at Boorley Green in Hampshire.

Planning consultancy WYG secured the permission, which is for the first phase of a new community.

The council granted outline planning permission in 2013 for 1,400 homes, 30 per cent of which are affordable, on the site of the former Botley Park Golf Club. The consent also included employment space, retail, public open space, a primary school and community facilities.

Bloor Homes, Bovis Homes and Linden Homes then bought the site, and WYG was instructed to carry out the reserved matters.

The permission for 441 homes is the third reserved matter, with permission already granted for community facilities and essential infrastructure granted in October 2014 and February 2016, respectively.

Construction increased in March – report

After a slow start to 2016, the construction industry picked up in March, with £6.1 billion worth of construction contracts delivered, according to Barbour ABI.

The latest Economic & Construction Market Review by industry analysts states that the total construction value figures for March were almost 10 per cent higher than in February.

Residential construction contract values were listed as being worth £1.9 billion in March.

The commercial and retail sector increased its monthly contract value by 25 per cent, while infrastructure increased by 30 per cent, according to the review.

More information can be found here.

Stirling Council outlines regeneration strategy delivery plans

Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee has proposed creating a new working group to implement its regeneration strategy.

Last week the committee voted to recommend that the council should establish a working group, with a life span of four months, to oversee delivery of the regeneration strategy.

Regeneration projects are already under way in the priority areas of Cultenhove, Cornton, Fallin, Raploch, Cowie, Hillpark, Top of the Town and Plean, with the council having allocated £500,000 in this year’s budget to tackle poverty and promote growth across the area.

Stirling Council’s director of communities and partnerships, Stacey Burlet, said: “The emphasis is very much about working with communities to identify the priorities that are important to them and the short-life working group, if approved by council, will be looking at ways of further supporting community leadership and building knowledge and expertise to promote growth at that local level.”

More information can be found here.

350-home joint venture approved for London’s South Bank

Wandsworth Borough Council has approved plans for more than 350 homes, which will form part of the Nine Elms regeneration scheme on London’s South Bank.

The proposal, submitted by joint developers Bellway and L&Q, is an extension to the 510-home development being built by Bellway on an adjacent site on Ponton Road, Vauxhall.

The scheme will include commercial space and comprise six separate tower blocks interspersed with courtyards and open spaces.

Managing director of Bellway Homes Thames Gateway division, Ian Gorst commented: “The new site at 46 Ponton Road will be a fantastic addition to our current development - The Residence - and is an exciting new chapter in the extensive regeneration of the area.”

Homes approved for Lancaster brownfield site

The PJ Livesey Group has been granted permission to redevelop a former NHS site in Lancaster to deliver 62 homes.

The scheme includes a convenience store and improvements to a disused cricket pitch with the aim of creating a recreational space and wildflower meadow.

The group will also provide a financial contribution towards work on the adjacent Fat Moor playing fields in a bid to maintain open, usable space in the local area.

Northampton cinema complex approved despite LA concerns

Permission has been approved for a cinema and bowling alley at the Rushden Lakes development in Northamptonshire, despite complaints from two neighbouring local authorities.

Former communities secretary Eric Pickles approved plans for Rushden Lakes retail park at a 244-acre brownfield site outside of Northampton in 2014, with the development due to open in 2017.

But councils in Kettering and Bedford had objected to amended plans to replace an approved garden centre with a cinema and associated leisure uses, arguing that the development would have a detrimental impact on the vitality and sustainability of local town centres.

East Northamptonshire District Council approved the amended plans this month.