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News in brief: Barton Willmore secures planning permission in East Manchester; SEASALT wins student housing grant in Brighton & Hove

Pollard Yard, Manchester

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 7 May, 2019

Barton Willmore secures planning permission in East Manchester

Barton Willmore has secured planning permission to transform a derelict corner of land in Holt Town, Manchester, into a hub for artisan and creative businesses.

Meanwhile, Creative has been appointed to transform the site using 50 recycled shipping containers that will sit on derelict brownfield land on Pollard Street East near to the Etihad Stadium. The containers will provide co-working and flexible business spaces.

It will create nearly 8,000 square feet of space for small-scale artisan crafts people and industries for a period of up to five years as part of the ‘meanwhile use’ consent granted by planners from Manchester City Council.

‘Meanwhile use’ refers to the short-term use of temporarily empty buildings such as shops until they can be brought back into commercial use. It takes a potential problem and turns it into an opportunity and helps keep an area vibrant.

Nicole Roe, planning associate at Barton Willmore, said: “This is a very exciting initiative that brings a new type of flexible and affordable work space to the city centre. The highly accessible site will provide sustainable, low-cost work spaces, supporting our smaller-scale creative businesses and entrepreneurial minds.”


SEASALT wins student housing grant in Brighton & Hove

SEASALT Housing Co-operative Ltd has been awarded a grant of £40,266 by Homes England’s Community Housing Fund to develop affordable housing for university students in Brighton & Hove.

Brighton & Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT) will work in partnership with SEASALT to develop the first student housing cooperative in the city. It will house up to 18 students and young people paying affordable rents.

SEASALT has also been awarded a grant of £15,000 through the Reach Fund and £10,000 from the University of Sussex.

This grant will go towards professional fees, such as architect fees, planning costs, site surveys and other costs associated with getting the project off the ground.

BHCLT will take responsibility for securing the property and refurbishing it. They are also securing the finances through a mixture of mortgage and other loans, and SEASALT is working with them to secure loans and donations through crowdfunding. Once complete, BHCLT will transfer responsibility for managing the home to the SEASALT Housing Co-operative members through a lease.

SEASALT will manage the housing and it will be open to students from any university in the city who are over 18 years old. Residents will be able to stay for one additional year after graduation to ensure that skills and knowledge are transferred across generations of students, and to support their transition to post-university life.

The plan is for students to move in for the start of the academic year in September 2019.


PRP appointed for Pydar regeneration in Truro

UK architecture firm PRP has been appointed by Cornwall Council to design the outline planning proposal for the regeneration of the Pydar neighbourhood in Truro.

The redevelopment will create a sustainable new community based on local aspirations, while providing 500 new jobs and strengthening the local economy.

PRP is developing the design with the local council and stakeholders to complement Truro’s existing offer and meet the needs of local residents and tourists. Extending from the River Allen up to Pydar Street and from the Viaduct down towards the Cathedral approach, the scheme on the 4 hectare site will regenerate the existing commercial and industrial area with 300 new homes, innovative work and learning spaces, a riverside park and a range of engaging leisure, hospitality and cultural facilities.

Proposed public amenities are set to include The Hive, a digitally focused and entrepreneurial new innovative learning and living environment for Falmouth University that will help grow both a vibrant local community and Cornwall’s wider economy. Collaborative working space for start-ups, offices, a village hall, cafés and restaurants, a highline walk, nature trails, climbing walls and other sports facilities are also proposed.

The planning proposals will be submitted for outline planning consent in late 2019.


Acorn Property Group buys 40-acre site in Cotswolds

Acorn Property Group’s Cardiff office has purchased a 40-acre site for 75 bespoke homes in the Cotswolds.The site is located near Ashton Keynes and within the Cotswold Water Park. It is an area of 40 square miles, with more than 150 lakes across the countryside of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire.

The development has outline planning approval for 75 homes ranging from two-bedroom bungalows to three, four and five-bedroom houses with many of the homes backing onto two newly constructed private lakes. It will be accessed via a private estate road running past 15 acres of open space and also features four grade II listed buildingsm which will form the heart of the scheme.

James Groombridge, regional managing director of Acorn Cardiff, said: “We have been working on this site for over a year and we look forward to delivering a scheme where the homes will offer exceptional lakeside views, private outside space and bespoke rural living.

“Many lakeside developments in the region are holiday restricted whereas this development has full residential consent, which will create a lifestyle community which can be enjoyed throughout the year.”

A reserved matters application will be submitted by the end of the summer with an anticipated start on site in 2020 and the first homes ready for occupation by late 2021.


Titchfield neighbourhood plan gains approval

Titchfield Neighbourhood Forum has received approval from an independent examiner for a neighbourhood plan submitted in October 2018.  

The examiner has confirmed that subject to a number of modifications, the plan should progress to the next and final stage, which is a public referendum.

Titchfield Neighbourhood Forum was formally designated as a neighbourhood area on 6 March 2017.

On 26 April the independent examiner’s report confirmed that a number of modifications to the plan were needed to ensure that it meets the basic conditions. The report will now be presented to the council’s executive committee in June this year. Once approved, the plan would be the subject of a referendum; anyone who is eligible to vote in a local election, and lives within the appropriate area, will be able to vote.

Councillor Evans, executive member for planning and development, said: “This is the first neighbourhood plan to be submitted in the borough and will possibly lead to the first referendum. If people then vote for the neighbourhood plan to be made, it will carry equal weight to the policies contained within the adopted local plan.”


Trebor Developments acquires site in Yorkshire

Trebor Developments and its partner Hillwood have agreed terms with Peel Land and Property to acquire a site of 5.66 acres at Aero Centre Yorkshire, a development site surrounding Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA).

The planning application has been submitted for a two-unit industrial speculative development.

They will deliver units of 45,380 square feet and 58,345 sq ft, suitable for manufacturing or distribution uses.

The development will be known as ‘Avion’ and subject to planning construction is due to start in summer for Q1 2020 occupation by prospective occupiers. The industrial facilities will be high quality and sustainable, suitable for a range of occupier requirements in the logistics or manufacturing sectors.

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