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News in brief: Campaigner loses legal bid to prevent Lancashire fracking; Leicester development application submitted

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Campaigner loses legal bid to prevent Lancashire fracking

Campaigner Bob Dennett has lost his last-minute legal challenge to stop Cuadrilla fracking at its Preston New Road shale gas exploration site in Lancashire.

Dennett won an interim injunction last Friday (6 October) against Lancashire County Council.

He said that there wasn’t a “clear and robust plan” in place to evacuate residents in the event of an earthquake resulting from fracking.

High Court judge Mr Justice Supperstone rejected the request for an injunction, stating that the council had not failed in its duties regarding civil contingency planning.

The judge also refused permission for a judicial review of the council’s emergency planning procedures for Preston New Road, which was sought by Friends of the Earth.

Read the full story here on The Planner.


Leicester development application submitted

The partners on Ashton Green have submitted a reserved matters planning application to Leicester City Council for the second phase of the project.

The application, by design practice rg+p and developer Kier Living, is for 307 residential units for land of Bevan Road. Submission follows feedback from a public consultation held at the neighbouring Glebelands Primary School earlier this year.

The homes are set to be a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments as well as two to five-bedroom homes.

Andy Ward, associate planning consultant at rg+p, commented: “Our design includes different character areas that specifically reference Leicester’s
heritage; the Victorian villa, Edwardian terrace and village street, and these are being distilled to a design code that will deliver a fresh architectural response and interpretation in the provision of quality new homes.”

Ashton Green was proposed by Leicester City Council. The whole mixed-use development could provide up to 3,000 new homes as well as community and health facilities, employment land, retail space and green open space.


Pocket Living and Tfl pair up to deliver affordable housing

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it will partner with Pocket Living to provide “100 per cent genuinely” affordable homes for first-time buyers on several of its sites.

The partnership will see Pocket Living build about 125 one-bedroom homes (subject to planning) on TfL sites that will be sold outright to buyers at a discount from the open-market value. Pocket homes are prioritised for people who already live or work in the borough and are first-time buyers.

They are targeted specifically at local singles and couples who earn too much to qualify for social housing, but are priced out of the open market. Buyers of the homes own 100 per cent of their property from day one. When Pocket homes are sold on, new purchasers must meet the original criteria and have a household income below the Mayor of London’s affordable housing threshold.

Graeme Craig, director of commercial development at TfL, said: “This partnership marks another important step in us assembling the most important development pipeline in London – building thousands of social rented and other genuinely affordable homes across the capital and generating hundreds of millions of pounds to reinvest in the transport network.”


Bovingdon want to prepare a neighbourhood plan

Bovingdon Parish Council has applied to Dacorum Borough Council to prepare a neighbourhood plan for the parish, considering where development could take place in the parish.

The borough council is hosting a consultation for residents on whether the proposed plan area is appropriate.

Bovingdon is the first parish area in Dacorum to request designation of its area, while this would be only the second neighbourhood plan produced in Dacorum.

The deadline for receiving comments on the proposed plan area is Friday 30 November, 2018. Details on the proposed area designation and response forms are available on the council’s website.


Premier Inn to be built in Islington

Islington Council has granted planning permission for a new Premier Inn hotel, including a Bar + Block restaurant, in Finsbury Park, North London.

Whitbread, Premier Inn’s parent company, working with development partner Tide Construction Ltd, secured the permission.

The hotel will comprise 192 bedrooms and be built on eight storeys.

Whitbread has taken a 25-year lease on the site. Work is expected to start on the cleared site before the end of the year, with a targeted opening date of early 2020.


Carter Jonas brings Yorkshire site to market

Property consultancy Carter Jonas has brought a 9.48-acre freehold site in Cayton, North Yorkshire, to market on behalf of a private landowner.

The site, off Church Lane, has outline planning permission, but it does not specify the number of dwellings.

Cayton, is a coastal village located about three miles south of Scarborough. Seamer rail station is 1.5 miles from the site with services to Scarborough, Sheffield, Leeds and York.

Steven Soper, senior surveyor at Carter Jonas Leeds, said: “The village has a good range of amenities including Cayton Community Primary School, a post office, local shops and a pub. The nearby village of Eastfield contains a secondary school and a Morrison’s superstore. The planning permission does not specify the number of dwellings, but an indicative plan has been prepared for 80 dwellings.”

The site is offered as a whole by informal tender and offers should be made in writing to Carter Jonas’ Leeds office by Thursday 25 October.


Hometel approved for Chiswick

Hounslow Council has approved hometel brand room2’s plans for its plans to open its fourth site in Chiswick, West London.

Likes its sister sites, the new hometel aims to combine the comforts and flexibility of home with the services, facilities and safety provided by a hotel.

Work is set to begin in Q2 2019 and is due to open in Q4 2020.

The Chiswick hometel will offer 78 rooms on four floors. Additionally, a shared ‘living room’ with bar, café, lobby and workspace, as well as a gym will be built.

It will occupy the site of a disused office building on Windmill Road, just off Chiswick High Road.

Project Orange has been appointed as the architect and design team.

room2 is part of the Lamington Group, a real estate developer.

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