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News in brief: A66 Northern Trans-Pennine route submitted for consent; Doncaster approves council housing plans for seven sites

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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 28 June, 2022

A66 Northern Trans-Pennine route submitted for consent

National Highways is seeking a development consent order (DCO) for its A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project.

The application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 21 June.

Cumbria County Council has welcomed this progress.

An examination is expected to open in October 2022 and take place over a six-month period, with the secretary of state’s decision anticipated by the end of 2023.

Documents relating to the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website.


Doncaster approves housing plans on seven sites

Doncaster Council’s cabinet members have approved plans to build an additional 125 council homes across seven existing sites.

The plans, which form phase 2 of the council’s five-year housing delivery plan, will include new build family homes and apartments. Over a third will be bungalows and a variety of detached and semi-detached homes.

The housing developments will be located at:

  • The (Former) Nightingale School, Balby;
  • The (Former) Adwick Depot, Adwick;
  • King Edward Road, Balby (Former archives);
  • Plantation View, Bessacarr;
  • Springfield Avenue, Hatfield;
  • (Former) Barnburgh House, Edlington; and
  • Moor View, Branton.

Glyn Jones, cabinet member for housing and business, said: “We are currently facing a cost of living crisis and with residents struggling with rising costs, these council homes will focus on affordable rents and energy efficiency whilst also protecting and enhancing the natural environment through sustainable development.”


Charity objects to listed Scottish Widows HQ redevelopment

C20 Society has set out its objections to new proposals for a £100 million residential redevelopment of the former Scottish Widows HQ in Edinburgh.

It notes that almost half of the category A listed building, which is located beneath Holyrood Park and Salisbury Crags, could be demolished.

The Scottish Widows HQ was built in 1972-76 by the practice of Sir Basil Spence, Glover and Ferguson. The firm vacated the building in autumn 2020.

Its design features interlocking hexagonal blocks in differing heights, which represent the basalt-heavy local geology. The building received a RIBA Award for Scotland in 1977.

C20 Society objects to the plans for multiple reasons, including that almost half will be demolished and that they would result in the total loss of a "substantial" part of the original plan and primary fabric.

A public consultation is currently running until July, ahead of a planning application being submitted.


Woolwich town centre consultation opens

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is asking local residents for feedback on design proposals that aim to revitalise Woolwich town centre.

Feedback can be given online here woolwichtowncentre.commonplace.is/, visiting exhibitions at the Front Room (105 Powis Street) or at Woolwich Centre library and filling in a questionnaire or by visiting a pop-up event.

Funding will be provided through the  Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) as part of a drive to support the growth and sustainability of high streets throughout England.

The consultation is open until midnight on Sunday 17 July 2022. Following the consultation, the feedback received will be used to help finalise designs before a planning application is submitted in the summer. Construction is expected to start in spring 2023 and take approximately 12 months.


Yang appointed deputy chair of CIC

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has appointed Dr Wei Yang FRTPI as its new deputy chair effective immediately.

Yang takes over from former CIC chair Professor Stephen Hodder MBE who has led on CIC’s climate change work and will stay engaged with CIC as chair of its climate change committee.

She is an international town planner and urban designer, and has “extensive” experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams and large-scale regeneration and low carbon master planning projects in Britain and internationally.

Yang, the 2021 president of the RTPI, said: “As a planner, I am keen to forge a common and collaborative sense of purpose within the built environment industry and with good forces in the wider society. The professional boundaries are merging; what joins us together is our shared sense of purpose – what should be done now to make our world a better place for our future generations.”


Rough sleepers in London drops, data reveals

The number of rough sleepers in London has dropped by 24 per cent, according to data from GLA-commissioned Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN).  

The data revealed that:

  • 8,329 people were seen sleeping rough by outreach workers in London during 2021/22, a 24 per cent decrease compared to the total of 11,018 people seen in 2020/21; and
  • 5,091 people were seen sleeping rough for the first time in London last year, a 32 per cent decrease from 2020/21.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “Ministers now must step up their support to combat the cost-of-living crisis which threatens to reverse these hard-won gains. I also urge them to fund the services and social security system that people sleeping rough need, reform the private rented sector and invest in new council and genuinely affordable homes to help prevent Londoners becoming homeless in the first place.”

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