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News in Brief: 900-home plan for Fife village revealed; Flood defence and regeneration scheme green-lit in Derby

Words: Laura Edgar
River Derwent, Derby

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 20 October, 2015

RTPI membership boost

The RTPI is working to encourage new members to join the institute as well as conducting research to understand why members are allowing their memberships to lapse. Head of membership, Martine Koch, said: “We are working on ways to encourage new members to join us and would like to find out more from planning or related professionals who have not become our members. Please share this link to our survey - www.enventure.co.uk/rtpi - with a colleague, and if they complete the survey you could win a £50 Amazon voucher. Pass it on today and help us to build the future of the Institute.” More information can be found on the RTPI website.

900-home plan for Fife village revealed

I&H Brown has revealed its plans to expand a village in Fife by 900 new homes. The company wants to build the development to the south-west of Kelty and east of the M90. Agents for the firm have submitted a formal request to Fife Council to determine whether the proposed development needs an environmental impact assessment. The site, which covers 46 hectares, is earmarked for development in the local plan. It is proposed that the area would be developed primarily for housing of mixed sizes.

UK violates human rights on housing, say charities

The UK is in breach of its international human rights duties by failing to provide people with adequate homes in the face of a worsening housing crisis, insist top charities. In a submission presented last week to the UN Committee on Economic Culture and Social Rights, the charities said a fall in social housing and an increase in inadequate, unaffordable private rental accommodation is driving more and more families into homelessness. Read more here.

Flood defence and regeneration scheme green-lit in Derby

Derby City Council’s planning control committee has approved a major flood defence and regeneration scheme for the city. The proposals aim to reduce Derby’s flood risk and maximise regeneration opportunities along the River Derwent. The ‘Our City Our River’ scheme would be designed to protect the city against a one-in-100-year chance of flooding and provide an ideal opportunity to “release the economic potential of brownfield sites along the river frontage”, according to the council. Martin Rawson, deputy leader of Derby City Council and cabinet member for communities and city centre regeneration, said: “Planning approval for this scheme marks the start of a new era for Derby with vital flood protection measures and the significant regeneration of key development sites along the riverside. We will see the city centre reconnected to the river and the important economic and social benefits associated with a reinvigorated riverside community.” More information can be found here. 

Bath Rugby unveils ground plans

Bath Rugby has unveiled plans for a temporary new scheme at The Recreation Ground, in time for the start of the 2016/2017 season. The plans include the removal of the existing West Stand, replacing it with a temporary structure for the next four years. The stand will provide better sight lines, more leg room and enhanced toilet facilities. The ground’s capacity will increase from 13,500 to 14,500. The club has decided to consolidate all the current planning applications it has on all the temporary plans for the ground so that they will be renewed all at the same time and run from next four years. Turley is providing planning support for the club.