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News in brief: Bradford design guide completed; Burntwood submits neighbourhood plan to council

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 20 August, 2019

Bradford design guide completed

A new design guide has been completed that aims to help shape future development in and around Bradford, West Yorkshire.

It was commissioned by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design.

Homes and Neighbourhoods: A Guide to Designing in Bradford is intended for developers, housebuilders, self-builders, local communities, politicians, planners, architects, designers and other built environment professionals.

It sets out the council's aspirations for housing design, supporting local plan policies and advancing the government's agenda for high-quality inclusive design in new housing developments.

Homes and Neighbourhoods prioritises walking, cycling and public transport over the car, and requires that developments feature more trees, landscape and natural drainage features.

The document is now out for consultation. It is hoped it will be adopted  in winter 2019 as a supplementary planning document to support the council's core strategy.


Burntwood submits neighbourhood plan to council

Burntwood Town Council has submitted its neighbourhood plan to Lichfield District Council.

The Burntwood Neighbourhood Plan aims to provide a framework for potential development in the town council area. It will form part of Lichfield District Council’s local plan if approved.

The district council is holding a six-week consultation in order that local people and organisations can see the Burntwood Neighbourhood Plan and give their views. This is running until Friday 20 September 2019.

Following this, all the comments will be collated and passed on to an independent examiner.

More information about the neighbourhood plan can be found on the Lichfield District Council website.


Audley seeks permission for carbon neutral development

Audley Group, a luxury retirement village provider, has applied for planning permission for its first carbon neutral development as part of a new phase of properties to be built at Audley Inglewood in Kintbury, Berkshire.

The application, submitted to West Berkshire Council, would extend the existing village by building an additional 21 two-bed, single-storey units within the village’s walled garden. The village currently comprises 91 apartments and two cottages.

Owing to its rural location, Audley Inglewood does not have mains gas, water or drainage. The developer said a variety of sustainable technologies have been employed to meet the energy demands of the existing village. It will be self-sufficient in terms of energy consumption.

This can be achieved by building highly-insulated, airtight units and generating electricity on-site via roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, which will power LED lighting and sustainable heating and ventilation systems. Any excess energy will be fed back to the National Grid.

The team is also evaluating modern methods of construction to reduce construction time on site.


New construction minister announced

Nadhim Zahawi has been appointed construction minister, replacing replaced Andrew Stephenson who was removed from the role following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle in July.

He is the third person to hold the post this year. Stephenson moved to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The role is in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


Land on Midlands' site parcelled off for sale

The first parcels of land at a site in North West Leicestershire have been put up for sale. The site has planning permission for a 2,000-home community.

Two land parcels at Harworth Group plc’s Hugglescote Grange development, located to the south of Grange Road in Hugglescote, near Coalville, are being sold by Fisher German and Mather Jamie.

The two fully serviced, warrantied parcels will cater for a combined total of 200 plots and can either be bought as a whole or separately.

The development will also comprise a local centre, extensive green spaces, as well as community facilities. It will be built out over the next 15 years.

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