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News in brief: Applications being taken for RTPI committee membership; Land with planning consent sold in Gloucestershire

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 8 October, 2019

Applications being taken for RTPI committee membership

Applications are open for membership of some of the RTPI’s key committees.

Committees play a vital role in leading various strands of the institute’s work. Current priority areas include the impact of Brexit, the implementation of the international sustainable development agenda, and the promotion of a diverse and inclusive profession.

Membership is available for the following committees:

  • Audit
  • Membership and Ethics
  • Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Policy, Practice and Research
  • England Policy Panel
  • International

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills said: “All our committees are powered by the extraordinary work of RTPI members who volunteer their time, expertise and professional insight. Being a committee member is a rewarding experience, so don’t miss this opportunity to volunteer.”

Those who are already members of a committee will still need to reapply for 2020. Applications must be made before 5pm on 1 December 2019.

For further information, email [email protected] or visit the RTPI website.


Land with planning sold in Gloucestershire

Barratt Homes has bought land in west Gloucestershire that has planning permission for 180 homes.

A registered social landlord will provide about 40 per cent of the homes on the 26-acre site at Berry Hill near Coleford.

Gladman Developments secured outline planning permission for the homes to be built on the site at appeal after being refused by the Forest of Dean District Council. Fisher German sold the land.


York appoints consultancy to develop housing proposals

The City of York Council has appointed Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design to help to develop proposals for 600 homes in York.

Tibbalds will be part of a team led by Mikhail Riches.

The project forms part of the council’s Housing Delivery Programme, which aims to provide high-quality new homes catering to diverse needs across the city. The programme will be built out over the next five years on council-owned sites.

Homes will comprise a range of tenure types including market sale, social rent, and low-cost home ownership, with the potential for future self-build opportunities.


Shropshire seeks firm to produce riverside proposals

Shropshire Council has invited specialist companies to put forward proposals for developing Shrewsbury’s Riverside.

The council wants an expert team to produce a strategic development framework for the area. It should be able to offer masterplanning, transport, design, planning, and commercial and heritage expertise.

The Riverside Development Area covers 9.5 acres and includes the Riverside shopping centre, medical practice, Raven Meadows multistorey car park, the bus station, and the river frontage.

A tender document can be viewed on the council’s website (pdf).

The deadline for submissions is 30 October.


Suffolk business park approved

Detailed planning approval has been granted for a five-unit industrial scheme at Haverhill.

The scheme comprises a range of industrial units ranging from 12,915 square feet to 64,734 square feet. Each unit will have secure yards and car parking.

Construction will begin this autumn.


Panel recruited to scrutinise development

St Albans City and District Council has announced that a 20-strong panel of independent architects, town planners and other experts is to be set up to advise on sustainable developments.

The St Albans Design Review Panel (DRP) will take on people from the local area and practitioners with a national profile.

The council commissioned Design South East to recruit and manage the panel. Two chairs will be appointed.

As a peer-review panel, the DRP will scrutinise and evaluate development proposals, providing an independent perspective.

Jamie Day, the council’s portfolio holder for planning, said: “Setting up the DRP is an important step in ensuring we are responsive to the high-quality needs of our residents and those of future generations.

“We aim to draw heavily on the DRP to bring about a step change in the quality of major developments in the district, ensuring they are sustainable and are of long-term value to our community."

It is hoped that the panel will start work by the end of November.


Cambridge student housing approved

Developer Future Generation has secured planning permission for a £25 million student scheme in Cambridge.

Most of the accommodation at the 154-bed project, named Barnwell Gate, will consist of clusters of rooms with shared living and kitchen facilities, although 20 self-contained studio apartments will also be provided.

The university is just a 10-minute cycle ride away.

The current occupants of the site at 444 Newmarket Road, a car dealership, will be relocating to other premises.

Future Generation is the purpose-built student accommodation arm of developer Southern Grove.

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