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News in Brief: Brownfield homes to be built on Cheshire green belt; National Grid: the only way is green

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: 21 July, 2015

Anglesey Enterprise Zone expanded

The Anglesey Enterprise Zone will now include a new marine renewable energy zone and the Menai Science Park site after following an expansion of its boundaries. Edwina Hart, Welsh economy minister, explained in Insider Media that both locations have the potential to make significant long-term contributions to the local and regional economy. “Gaining Enterprise Zone status will make these sites particularly attractive propositions for investment and job creation.”

36 brownfield homes for Cheshire green belt

Westby Homes has been granted planning permission on appeal from the communities secretary Greg Clark to replace Rhinewood Country House Hotel in Glazebrook, Cheshire. The 36-home scheme is in the green belt. As well as the homes, parking, a new children’s playground and a new footpath will also be constructed. Advised by Indigo Planning, Westby Homes will build the homes in two phases. The first phase, says the developer, will be ready for occupancy in June 2016.

Going green only way to meet renewable energy targets, says National Grid

Future Energy Scenarios 2015, a report by the National Grid, considers how the UK’s energy future might look under four different scenarios. It states that the “Gone Green” pathway is “the only scenario to achieve all renewable and carbon targets on time”. This means green energy supplying 34 per cent of all UK electricity. The other scenarios are “Consumer Power”, “No Progression” and “Slow Progression”. RenewableUK’s director of policy, Dr Gordon Edge, said: “When National Grid says the only way to hit our legally binding renewable energy and carbon reduction targets is via their ‘Gone Green’ scenario you’d hope that government ministers will take notice. This means maximising the deployment of onshore and offshore wind as these technologies are identified in this report as the biggest contributors to the renewables mix. It’s particularly interesting to see the ‘Gone Green’ scenario envisaging an extra 6 gigawatts of onshore wind being installed between 2020 and 2030 to meet our long-term carbon reduction targets. This shows that National Grid believes that onshore wind has an important role to play, which makes the government’s announcement about ending future support for onshore wind all the more baffling.”

National infrastructure pipeline published

Published every six months since December 2013, the updates, according to the government, aim to give visibility and certainty to investors and the supply chain while allowing them “to work more effectively to ensure that the UK’s infrastructure needs are met”. The National Infrastructure Pipeline includes large capital projects and programmes of investment worth £50 million or more in areas including communications, energy, flood defences and transport. Using the pipeline, the government said an assessment has been undertaken of the skills need to deliver the projects. This will be published in a National Infrastructure Plan for Skills in September 2015.

Permission secured for new Costa roasters

Prologis UK, represented by Turley, has been granted planning permission for a new coffee roasting and distribution facility for Costa at Prologis Park, Basildon. The 10,247 square metres facility will be based on the site of former car radiator manufacturer Visteon. Turley said the site will achieve high environmental and sustainability standards, with photovoltaic panels and solar water heating. It should, Turley added, “save more than 80,000 kilograms of CO2 every year".