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News in Brief: Central London office take-up increases, family rental scheme approved

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 14 July, 2015

19 wind turbines approved in South Lanarkshire

Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing has announced that a wind farm in Kennoxhead, South Lanarkshire, has received planning consent. PNE WIND UK Limited will construct 19 wind turbines in Kennoxhead, which will have a capacity of 64.6 megawatts. The company’s community energy commitment means the local community is likely to benefit from £8 million over the 25-year operating period, according to the Scottish Government. The money will be split between the South Lanarkshire Council Renewable Energy Fund and a dedicated local fund. Ewing said: “The wind farm in Kennoxhead will bring considerable benefits to the local community as well as having the capacity to power an estimated 30,208 homes. I am determined to ensure communities all over Scotland reap the benefit from renewable energy, which will help to reduce climate emissions.”

Central London office take-up increases by 50 per cent

Lettings at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Google’s decision to expand further into King’s Cross has boosted Q2 central London office take-up by nearly 50 per cent, according to research by BNP Paribas Estate. The research also suggested that there were office vacancy rates of 3.9 per cent in the West End and 5.7 per cent in the City.

Family rental scheme approved

A planning application by Essential Living for a scheme designed for family renters has been granted planning permission by the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council. The development, Creekside Wharf, will comprise of 249 homes across two buildings designed by Assael Architecture. The scheme is the first designed for families. In addition to the “large family apartments”, the site will feature an “array of intuitively designed internal and external amenity spaces will offer renters the chance to experience a genuinely new style of community living”.

£45m River Hull flood defence plan

The River Hull Advisory Board has approved £45 million worth of flood defence measures, including using the Hull tidal barrier during prolonged rainfall and removing sunken ships. Upgrading pumping station and raising river banks has also been recommended. Graham Stuart, board chairman, said failing to invest in flood defences may result in damages of £3.4 billion.