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News in brief: British steel to be used in local wind farms; £40m Cardiff Bay development approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A roundup of planning news: Tuesday 21 June, 2016

British steel to be used in local wind farms

The Liberty House Group has purchased a plant to make wind towers, T-pylons and other large tubular steel fabrication.

This is part of the company’s ‘GREENSTEEL’ strategy to build a fully integrated steel and engineering business.

The equipment will form the heart of a major new manufacturing centre which, the Liberty House Group explained, will eventually supply the growing offshore wind market and turbine casings for tidal lagoon power. RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables have welcomed the scheme.

Hugh McNeal, RenewableUK’s chief executive, said: “This is great news and shows how the renewable industry can provide a market for steel produced in Britain. The growth of renewables in the UK is a huge opportunity for British businesses, as high demand for quality steel has increased.”

Jenny Hogan, director of policy at Scottish Renewables, added: “Renewable energy already supports 21,000 Scottish jobs, and it’s good news that a number of those employed at steelworks in Motherwell and Cambuslang could soon be joining the industry’s supply chain.”

More information can be found here. 


Call for papers issued for urban tree conference

A call for papers has been issues for a major triennial international urban trees research conference.

‘Trees People and the Built Environment 3’ will take place on 5-6 April 2017, at the University of Birmingham.

The conference will focus on two areas of research:

  • Roads to Place – Why trees are an integral part of highway transport design; and

  • The Health Crisis – The role of trees in improving human health (mental, physical, social and cultural).

Papers that address the conference topics in both the social and natural sciences are welcome. These will be original research papers, review papers and case studies.

The deadline for submissions is 21 October 2016.

More information and the guidelines for submissions can be found on the website for the Institute of Chartered Foresters. 


£40m Cardiff Bay development approved

Cardiff Waterside has been granted planning consent for a new development at its estate in Cardiff Bay.

The plans comprise a new 210-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and two speculative Grade A office developments totalling 160,000 square feet of floor space.

The plans complete development at the crossroads between Bute Place and Pierhead Street, bringing together a combination of residential, commercial and cultural buildings.

Holder Mathias Architects has been appointed to design the three buildings.

Cardiff Waterside is funded by Aviva Investors.


Site with planning permission sold to Taylor Wimpey

Strategic land specialist Richborough Estates has completed the sale of an 18-acre development site in Codsall, South Staffordshire, to Taylor Wimpey.

The expected value of the development is £38 million, and Richborough has already secured outline planning consent for the delivery of 180 homes. These range from two-bed starter homes to five-bedroom family homes. Seventy-two of the 180 homes will be affordable.

The development will feature more than five acres of public open space, and education and transport contributions are to be made to the local area as part of the agreement.

Pending approval of a detailed planning application for the site, start of construction is expected to begin by the end of 2016.


Planning Officers Society elects president

The Planning Officers Society has elected Anna Rose, service director for planning and transport at Milton Keynes Council, as its new president.

Rose, who is a member of the RTPI, is the 20th president of the society since it was formed in 1997.

She said: “My aim for the year is to promote the production of plans to secure the development that is necessary across the country.

“In doing this, I am encouraging local government planners to drive forward a new approach to strategic planning, being brave and bold in the advice they give to elected members. We all need to work together, across administrative boundaries, to create deliverable development plans for our areas.”

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