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News in brief: Build-to-rent scheme submitted in Glasgow; 19m tonnes of gravel dredged in 2017

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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 25 September

Build-to-rent scheme submitted in Glasgow

A £90 million 500-apartment build-to-rent planning application has been submitted to Glasgow City Council by PLATFORM_.

The site in question is at Central Quay, on the Broomielaw that runs along the River Clyde.

Planning in principle was granted for the seven-acre site at the beginning of 2018 following a masterplan formulated by Harbert Management Corporation and XLB Property, together with Keppie and LDA Design.

The development forms part of a wider masterplan at the Clydeside Central Quay area, which also includes 300,000 square feet of office space and a 150-room hotel.

The development will provide studios, one, two and three-bedroom homes alongside shared facilities including a co-working space, a shared residents’ lounge, onsite-concierge, roof terraces, a gym and games room.

PLATFORM_ has already built and operates a number of similar build-to-rent projects across the UK including schemes in Bedford, Bracknell, Crawley, Exeter, and Stevenage.


19m tonnes of gravel dredged in 2017

The British Marine Aggregate Producers Association (BMAPA) and The Crown Estate have published their 20th annual ‘Area Involved’ report, which says that 19 million tonnes of sand and gravel were dredged from Crown Estate licences in England and Wales during 2017.

This increased from 17.94 million in 2016.

The report also found:

  • 1,057 km² – area of licensed seabed in 2017, up from 934 km² in 2016.
  • Dredging took place within 90.94 km², 8.60 per cent of the licensed area, compared with 87.53 km² - 9.37 per cent - in 2016.
  • The area of seabed dredged for more than 1 hour 15 minutes a year (high intensity) was 7.42km². It was 7.52km² in 2016.
  • 90 per cent of dredging from Crown Estate licences took place from an area of 38.30km², up from 33.92km² in 2016.

The area involved – 20th annual report can be found on the BMAPA website (pdf).


Deal signed for Exeter care home

Acorn Property Group has exchanged on the sale of two acres of land next to its forthcoming 146-unit scheme at St Leonards in central Exeter.

Care and retirement specialist Castleoak has bought the site. The firm will develop a 61-bed care home and 68 assisted living units.

The care home and assisted living units, as well as a pre-school, form part of Acorn’s plans for the site. Acorn will provide one and two-bed apartments, and three, four and five bed houses, 24 per cent of which will be affordable.

The Royal Academy for Deaf Education is moving to a new site in Exmouth.


Council bids for cash for new homes

Dacorum Borough Council has announced that it is bidding for £10 million of additional funding to help deliver new council homes.

The additional borrowing will be used to add 106 new houses and flats to the council’s overall programme up to 2022/23.

To date, the council has delivered 132 new homes, while 208 are under construction. In total, the council said the new programme will take the overall total up to 571 council homes at “truly affordable” rents.

The new homes will delivered across the borough, with most set to be built in Hemel Hempstead.


Nottingham offices approved

Nottingham City Council’s planning committee has granted planning permission for a grade A office building near the city’s train station.

The 11 Station Scheme is part of a new mixed-use project.

The offices have been designed by Franklin Ellis Architects, and will provide 50,000 square feet of space, as well as a reception, roof terraces and car parking.

As well as the office space, the mixed-use project also includes student accommodation by the Vita Group at 25 Station Street. This student element was approved in August.


Funding for nature in Scotland’s cities

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has announced a further £8 million funding for the latest phase of its Green Infrastructure Fund.

The fund, which aims to improve the urban environment in Scotland’s towns and cities, is being delivered in two phases.

The first is due for completion in 2019, and will deliver seven capital infrastructure projects and 12 community engagement projects including transformation of a derelict golf course in South Lanarkshire into a new urban park, and an outdoor recreational space in the Middlefield community in Aberdeen, with weirs and wetlands helping reduce the town’s flood risk.

SNH is inviting bids for a share in the extra £8 million funding from up to 10 major projects. It is expected that the successful projects will support some of Scotland’s more deprived urban communities to make best use of their local environment, help to tackle the effects of  climate change, attract business and boost job opportunities, said SNH.

More details about the fund can be found here.

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