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News in brief: Application submitted to transform Humber Bridge; Mixed-use scheme approved in Mossley

Words: Laura Edgar
Humber Bridge

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 5 July, 2016

Planning law in Wales consultation launched

The Law Commission has launched a consultation to find out what needs to be done to modernise and simplify planning law in Wales.

The consultation, said the Law Commission, is asking whether there is a case for creating a new code for planning law in Wales – “a single, easily accessible body of legislation, rules and regulations”.

These would:

  • Restate the existing law in a modern, consistent and well-ordered way;

  • Modernise the language and remove ambiguities;

  • Streamline and rationalise processes and procedures;

  • Include rules and interpretation developed for case law;

The consultation ends on 30 September, 2016.

More information can be found here. 


Application submitted to transform Humber Bridge

Planning consultancy Barton Willmore has submitted a planning application on behalf of the Humber Bridge Board to transform the Humber Bridge into the region’s “largest tourist attraction”.

The bridge, completed in 1981, is the seventh longest suspension bridge in the world. It is currently open to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, but the application aims to attract 400,000 visitors to the area a year.

Plans include a visitor centre comprising a restaurant, exhibition space, a café and shop. It will also feature glass lifts, gondolas and viewing platforms. A mixed-use development consisting of a 60-bed hotel and 75,000 square feet of office are also included in the proposals.

Dan Mitchell, planning partner, Barton Willmore, said: “The economic benefits of the proposed development both during and post construction are significant. Over 1,100 jobs will be created in total and once opened the new Humber Bridge will contribute over £17 million to the local economy. This project will develop and diversify the employment in the area, significantly improving the physical appearance of the existing site and not least providing opportunity for linked trips to the city of Hull and the wider Yorkshire region.”

If the planning application is approved, work could start on site in September.


Mixed-use scheme approved in Mossley

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council's planning committee has granted approval for a mixed-use which will see the redevelopment of the former Britannia Mill industrial site in Mossley town centre.

Nexus Planning, a planning and regeneration consultancy, secure the planning permission on behalf of landowner English Braids.

The scheme is comprised of 62 two and three-bed apartments, 8,072.93 square feet of retail floor space and 113 parking spaces.

The consultancy has also helped Countryside Properties secure reserved matters approval for 98 dwellings on Cromwell Road, Ellesmere Port.


Donati Immobiliare Group acquires Hackney Wick site

Donati Immobiliare Group (DIG) has acquired 1 Beachy Road, Fish Island in Hackney Wick, London, for an undisclosed amount.

DIG, an Italian international development company, plan to develop a mixed-use scheme on the site, which is about 4,300 square feet in size.

The scheme will replace an existing underdeveloped site to make “more efficient use of the underutilised” brownfield land.

Angelica Donati, CEO of DIG, comments: “We anticipate a high-quality scheme delivered at a reasonable cost, with an industrial inspired design that will attract local, young professionals. We want to maximise Fish Island’s potential as a commercial and residential destination and to see it thrive as one of the city’s newest urban quarters.”

The scheme is expected to be submitted for planning this month (July).


Manchester’s ‘tallest building’ green lit

Planning permission for what would be Manchester’s new “tallest building” has been approved by the city council.

Professional services and engineering firm WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff helped its client Renaker achieve the permission, as well as being part of the design team.

The apartment block, alongside three smaller buildings, will be built in Owen Street, near Deansgate railway station, on land previously used as a car park.

The 64-storey building, which is 14 storeys taller than the neighbouring Beetham Tower, will contain 496 apartments.

The scheme, designed by SimpsonHaugh & Partners, also includes basement car parking and a cinema. The four main towers range from 37 and 64 storeys, and comprise 1, 508 apartments in total.

A further three-storey building will feature a tennis court, swimming pool and retail units.


Overseas study bursary open for applications

The RTPI has opened entries for the George Pepler International Award, a £2,000 bursary to fund planner’s travel and study into a particular aspect of spatial planning, either in the UK or internationally.

The award has been offered biennially for over 40 years to commemorate Sir George Pepler, one of the founders of the RTPI.

Phil Williams, president of the RTPI, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for someone relatively new to the planning profession to see first-hand how the planning system is used to deliver jobs, houses and great places in another country. Many challenges that planners face are similar wherever they are. An opportunity like this to expand one’s horizons and interchange ideas with overseas counterparts should not be missed.”

The bursary is aimed at students and practitioners within the first 10 years of post-qualification anywhere in the world. It is open to both RTPI and non-RTPI members.

The deadline is 30 September.

More information can be found on the RTPI website.

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