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News in brief: Avant to build 200 homes in Derbyshire; Brent Council searches for Wembley development partner


A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 10 May, 2022

Avant to build 200 homes in Derbyshire

Housebuilder Avant Homes has purchased land from property firm Fisher German and its agent Wiverton to build 200 homes in Somercotes in the Derbyshire region. 

The site, located off Birchwood Lane, will produce 30 per cent of affordable housing with planning permission having been granted for the site. Work is expected to begin in August 2022 on the site.

Caroline Chave, director at Chave Planning, said: “The proposed development at Somercotes will positively impact the local area and communities close by. We are delighted to have worked with Fisher German and Wiverton to promote this site and secure planning permission and look forward to seeing the development come to fruition.”

Labour holds South Yorkshire mayoralty

Labour's Oliver Coppard has been elected as mayor of South Yorkshire – a hold for the party. He succeeds Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis in the role.

Of the electorate, 26.37 per cent – 264,720 – turned out to vote, up from 25.82 per cent four years ago.

One of Coppard's priorities is improving public transport, in particular bus services. He has also pledged to work on a green energy strategy, including insulating houses.

Brent Council searches for Wembley development partner

Brent Council has announced that it is looking for a development and construction partner to deliver two residential-led redevelopments in the Wembley Housing Zone.

The two sites located on Wembley High Road will deliver more than 300 new homes and help to revitalise the eastern end of Wembley town centre.

The plans for Cecil Avenue include a new medium-rise, mixed-use courtyard development, 250 new one to four-bedroom units homes, 39 of which will be affordable, plus community facilities, flexible use workspace, and public realm and landscape infrastructure. 

For Ujima House the plans include 54 affordable homes, a hybrid workshop unit suitable for all B1 use classes, workspace and a café. 

Wolverhampton submits Brewers Yard plans 

Plans for the first phase of the Brewers Yard city centre living scheme have been submitted by the City of Wolverhampton Council for redevelopment of the city’s wholesale market site.  

The scheme is designed to accommodate the council’s fleet services operation, which is set to relocate from its current Culwell Street depot to pave the way for hundreds of new homes as part of the Brewers Yard regeneration masterplan.

The relocation of fleet services and redevelopment of the Hickman Avenue site will create another 110 construction jobs, enable the reduction of the council’s carbon footprint by 215 tonnes of CO2, and support its programme to deliver a fleet of electric vehicles.

The proposals would see demolition of the existing buildings that are over 50 years old.


Central Methodist Hall refurbishment plans submitted

A planning application has been submitted by TODD Architects to refurbish and redevelop a grade II listed Central Methodist Hall in Birmingham.  

The proposed hospitality and leisure scheme on Corporation Street will see up to 150 new hotel rooms and eight new bars and restaurants at ground and basement levels. It will be operated by Press Up Hospitality Group under ‘The Dean’ brand. 

Central Hall will be refurbished into a 1,500-seat event space, with the pulpit area redefined as a stage for visiting acts. A traditional members’ club cocktail lounge, two external terraces and a flagship rooftop restaurant are also proposed.

Central Methodist Hall was originally built in 1904 and became the legendary Que Club in 1989, attracting artists such as David Bowie, Daft Punk and Blur. 

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