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News in brief: 88 homes approved in Bottesford; Guidance to ensure domestic abuse victims can access social housing issued

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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 31 October, 2017

88 homes approved in Bottesford

Melton Borough Council’s planning committee has approved 88 new homes for a site north of Bottesford, Leicestershire.

Situated of Normanton Road, the 14.22 acre site will comprise homes ranging from two-bedroom starter homes to four-bedroomed family properties, of which 37 per cent will be affordable.

The plans also include landscaped public open space, a new 30-space car park for Bottesford rail station, a revamp of the existing station carpark and safety improvements to the level crossing.

Liberty Stones, head of planning at Fisher German, secured planning permission for the site on behalf of strategic land promoter Richborough Estates, while the chartered surveyors have been appointed to manage the sale of the site.


Guidance to ensure domestic abuse victims can access social housing issued

The government has published guidance that aims to ensure that victims of domestic abuse can access safe, long-term accommodation easily.

The guidance is subject to a 10-week consultation.

It states that local authorities should treat victims of domestic abuse, currently in safe accommodation such as a refuge, as a priority for social housing.

Victims that may have fled refuges in other parts of the country should be disadvantaged in accessing social housing as a result.

Further to this, the government is encouraging local authorities to use their existing powers to help victims of domestic abuse to remain safely in their own home without the person who has abused them, if they want to.

The consultation, which closes on 5 January 2018, can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government website.


Hammond wants to build on green belt land

According to The Times (subscription), the Budget will feature measures that continue Hammond’s wish to tackle Britain’s poor productivity, with the lack of housing in high-demand areas is considered a key factor.

The paper reports that the chancellor has been arguing with the cabinet that some of the countryside protected by green belt regulations should be reclassified as part of a housing package that could see extra borrowing that funds build new homes.


Newham approves 29 homes

Newham Council has approved 29 new homes and the retention of a locally listed pub at 1 Maryland Point – The Cart & Horses.

The pub is the “birthplace” of Iron Maiden and is in close proximity to Stratford town centre.

The development comprises a mixture of apartments and family homes – 14 one bedroom homes, seven two bedroom homes and eight three bedroom homes.

All homes have access to balconies, as well as access to shared amenity space on the ground floor and the roof.

The plans also seek to improve the current pub, while allowing the continuation of day-to-day running during the construction process.

Work is due to start on spring 2018.


Cities need quality housing to attract skills from London

Building more quality rental homes will be ‘crucial’ to ensuring regional cities are able to attract talent that would otherwise head for London.

That is according to Moda Living, a developer and operator of private rented homes.

This follows news that the number of graduates at companies including PwC and Deloitte are requesting positions outside of London has increased, as reported by City AM.

Oscar Brooks, director at Moda Living, said regional cities should capitalise on London’s “growing unaffordability” by boosting their own housing and cultural offer.


94-home community opens

A Port of Leith Housing Association and City of Edinburgh Council partnership has delivered a new community of affordable homes in Leith.

The development, at the site of the 18th century Leith Fort, will be opened today by Scottish housing minister Kevin Stewart.

It comprises 62 homes for mid-market rent by Port of Leith Housing Association’s subsidiary Persevere Developments and 32 homes for social rent by the council. The properties are either have one, two, three or four bedrooms.

The project was funded by Port of Leith Housing Association, the council and a grant of almost £2.9 million from the Scottish Government.


New Co-op approved in Cheshire

Cheshire West Council has approved full planning permission for a new Co-op food store in Kingsley, a village near Frodsham, Cheshire.

The scheme, by Langdale Capital Limited, will see the existing local Co-op relocated from its current premises to a new 3,000 square foot store on Hollow Lane. The former Horseshoe Inn pub will be converted to accommodate the store.

Plans also include 17 car parking spaces for customers.

Nexus Planning secured the planning permission and worked with the council to secure a change of use from A4 to A1 on behalf of the Co-op.

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