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News in brief: Call for evidence in Scotland on building regulations; £170 million plan to dual Somerset road

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 14 February, 2017

Call for evidence in Scotland on building regulations

The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities committee has launched a call for written evidence as part of its scrutiny of building regulations in the country.

The committee said it is particularly interested in the verification scheme and building warrant fees.

Organisations and individuals are invited to submit written evidence to the committee setting out their views on whether the building regulations in Scotland are operating effectively.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Tuesday 28 February 2017.

More information about what the Scottish Parliament is looking for and how to submit evidence can be found here.


£170 million plan to dual Somerset road

The government has launched plans to upgrade the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester in a bid to relieve the over-congested road.

This would mean building 30 miles of dual carriageway between Mere and South Petherton.

The £170 million plan is part of the government’s £15 billion investment in the country’s motorways and major A roads between 2015 and 2020.

The government said work would include making junctions safer as well as providing better links for pedestrians and cyclists.

Highways England is consulting on two routes. The consultation runs from 15 February to 29 March 2017. It can be found here.


Contractor appointed for Oxford scheme

The Oxford Science Park has awarded a £13 million design-and-build contract for a new office building to Barnwood Construction Ltd.

Piers Scrimshaw-Wright, managing director of the Oxford Science Park, said: “Barnwood’s appointment is a result of their clear track record in delivering major buildings, often complex, to the high quality that is expected by the park’s development team.”

Barnwood will deliver grade A office and laboratory space.

Construction will start on 20 February 2017, with completion due in March 2018.


New Cornwall community approved

Cornwall Council has approved a new residential-led community, including 800 homes, on the outskirts of Newquay.

Planning consultancy WYG helped to secure the outline permission.

Chapel Gover, part of the Newquay Growth Area, on the eastern edge of the town, will include two local centres with convenience stores, cafés and business space.

The development also comprises new public open space, a village green and town square.

Chapel Gover will also make a major contribution to the Newquay Strategic Route (NSR), a new road that will run through the site.


Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners changes to Lichfields

Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners has announced the adoption of Lichfields as its new corporate brand name.

The name Lichfields comes into use from today (14 February).

The move is aimed at reflecting the dynamism of the business and the breadth of planning and development skills and services it now offers.

The company’s logo has also been redesigned.

The refresh is the latest phase of Lichfields’ growth strategy, which has recently seen it move into new sectors, post record sales, boost staff numbers and open three new offices. 

Image credit | Lee Hargreaves