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News in brief: Affordable homes plan submitted in Lewisham; Designers appointed for Stirling Station redevelopment

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 5 June, 2018

Cabinet approves third runway plan for Heathrow

The government’s economic sub-committee has backed plans for a third runway at London Heathrow Airport. Plans were then approved by Prime Minister Theresa May’s full cabinet.

More to follow on this story here on The Planner.


Affordable homes plan submitted in Lewisham

Local campaigner group Lewisham Citizens has submitted plans for 11 permanently affordable half-price homes to the council, as part of an estate infill development.

The homes form part of a commitment by the new Mayor of Lewisham Damian Egan to work with local people to deliver 200 Community Land Trust (CLT) homes over the next four years.

Each home will sold at a price relative to local wages, with one-bed homes to be sold for £192,000 and two-beds to go for £244,000. This is less than half the market prices for homes in the same neighbourhood, said the group.

The architects, Archio, were selected by the residents and members of the community through a public workshop.

To qualify for one of the 11 homes, applicants must be in a certain income bracket and have strong ties to the local community. If CLT homeowners ever choose to move, they have to reapply the same formula when they sell so that prices will rise with average incomes across the borough, rather than with the open market.

Applications are scheduled to open in early 2019.


Chair appointed to OPDC review group

Industry experts have been appointed by Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) to the OPDC Place Review Group.

Experts from the planning, landscape, architecture, conservation and engineering industry make up the group, including Peter Bishop, professor of urban design at University College London and director at Allies and Morrison, who is appointed panel chair.

Bishop has held senior planning roles in central London boroughs for 25 years, working on projects such as the King’s Cross railway lands development. He was the first director of design for London, and deputy chief executive at the London Development Agency, where he worked on the London Olympic Legacy Plans.

The appointments were made following an open invitation for applications.

The Place Review Group, managed by Frame Projects on behalf of OPDC, will review and provide independent advice to OPDC on a range of planning applications, masterplans and other projects within Old Oak and Park Royal.


Designer appointed for Stirling Station redevelopment

Engineering consultant WSP has been appointed to design the transformation of Stirling Station’s forecourt.

The project is set to involve the creation of a new station forecourt area, aligning with improvements being made by Stirling Council to enhance routes to the city centre and the bus station.

ScotRail Alliance programmes & transformation director Ian McConnell said: “We look forward to working with WSP and seeing the designs for the redevelopment. Stirling is ready for a railway station that matches the dynamic and forward-looking development of the cityscape.  

“With brand new electric trains on the way, we want customers travelling from Stirling to do so from a modern station.”


Firms seek Build to Rent investment

Developer Ballymore Group and Oxley Holdings have announced they are seeking an investment partner to work with companies on their entrance to the Build to Rent market.

The investment is sought as Ballymore announces its strategic commitment to large-scale Build to Rent developments. This is to be initiated at a new development at Deanston Wharf, London. Deanston Wharf is currently being developed in a 50/50 Joint Venture between Ballymore and Oxley.

The development is part of the 40 acre Royal Wharf regeneration project, a new neighbourhood for East London, jointly developed by Ballymore Group and Oxley Holdings. Forward funding is being sought for 272 dwellings, designed over two buildings, with construction set to begin in early 2019. The properties will be built solely for rental purpose.

Royal Wharf will see the delivery of 3,385 new homes, as well as public realm, a lively high street offering retail and commercial space, parkland and a prime riverside location.

CBRE and Johns & Co have been appointed by Ballymore and Oxley to provide advisory and transactional consultancy on the project.


Street call for cycling and walking investment

The Mayor of the West Midlands has urged the government to boost efforts to increase cycling and walking journeys by investing in safe infrastructure.

In a letter to the Under Secretary of State for Transport Jesse Norman, Andy Street has asked the Department for Transport (DfT) to support the West Midlands in increasing investment on cycling to £10 per head by 2023. The focus is on new and upgraded cycling infrastructure.

The call forms part of a call for evidence by the DfT ahead of the publication of a new Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.

Roger Lawrence, leader of City of Wolverhampton Council and transport lead on the West Midlands Combined Authority, said: “We’re seeing an unprecedented level of investment in public transport in the West Midlands which will have a major impact on traffic congestion.

“One of the most important ways we can do this is by improving the conditions for cycling and walking.

“While excellent progress is being made, the call for evidence from the DfT is an opportunity to push for even greater investment, powers and devolution to accelerate the work currently taking place.”


Application submitted in Wedmore

Acorn Property Group’s Bristol office has submitted an application for 55 new homes in Wedmore, Somerset.

Wedmore Parish Council, as joint applicant with the landowner, has already been granted outline planning permission for the site.

They had identified a requirement for affordable housing in the area and subsequently wanted to progress with a scheme to meet this demand, which Acorn said it now hopes to deliver.

Cross Farm will feature one, two, three and four-bedroom homes and will include affordable housing. The development will be situated in the heart of Wedmore.

Subject to approval, work is anticipated to begin during autumn/winter 2018.


Plymouth tall building approved

Plymouth City Council has approved plans for a mix-used development in the ‘tall building’ zone in the city centre.

The development involves the demolition of the Money Centre building at Drake Circus, which will be replaced with a 21-storey tower.

The plans comprise 554 student bedrooms, 1,858 square metres of grade A office space, a 105-bedroom hotel and 149 square metres of flexible retail units.

Pegasus Group put the plans forward on behalf of a London-based property development company.

Work on the redevelopment is anticipated to start in 2019/2020.

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