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News in brief: Children’s hospital in London to be expanded; Plans lodged for waterside development in Worcester

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 12 October, 2021

Children’s hospital in London to be expanded

Lambeth Council has granted planning permission for a hospital building, which will be joined to the existing Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

The extension is intended to meet the needs of the sickest children with the most complex conditions from across the country.

Designed by Hawkins\Brown, the proposals include the demolition of the existing St Thomas House and the development of a 12-storey building (plus two levels of basement) with a five-storey link into the existing hospital (27,306 square metres).

The building will provide:

  • About 100 beds across new wards, with 20 additional critical care beds.
  • A new suite of operating theatres and interventional rooms.
  • Specialist imaging facilities.
  • More support spaces for families and staff.

Montagu Evans advised Linkcity, the Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust’s development partner, on planning and heritage.


Plans lodged for waterside development in Worcester

Property developer Godwin Developments, in partnership with Lowesmoor Regeneration Ltd, has submitted updated plans for its waterside Lowesmoor Wharf mixed-use scheme in Worcester.

The plans have been updated following feedback received from local stakeholders and residents.

The scheme comprises eight buildings and public spaces, designed by architects Apt. It would provide 238 modern spacious one, two and three-bedroom apartments with balconies, as well as private indoor and outdoor spaces, such as rooftop terraces.


Housing association and developer team up on regeneration scheme

Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association (MTVH) has selected developer Countryside as the preferred bidder for a joint venture partnership to deliver all remaining parts of the regeneration at Clapham Park.

The decision comes after an 18-month tender process supported by Arcadis and Devonshires.

The regeneration scheme will deliver at least 2,482 homes across 17 sites. Of the homes, 53 per cent will be for affordable tenures. They will comprise family homes and one and two-bedroom apartments.

The scheme will also provide a community centre, a market square, two parks, commercial and retail space and a district heating system. The homes will have green and solar roofs, as well as cycle parking, electric vehicle charging points and public realm enhancements.

Since the transfer of Clapham Park from Lambeth Council, MTVH has completed more than 1,500 new homes and refurbishments. In 2019, planning permission was granted for the new masterplan, which includes more than 2,500 additional homes.


Edinburgh development plans to go on display

Public views are being sought for proposals for a mainly build-to-rent development on land to the rear of the Corn Exchange, Chesser, in Edinburgh.

The plans would see the brownfield land developed into a mixed-use site, with approximately 75 per cent of the floor space comprising housing. As well as the build-to-rent homes, managed student homes would be provided. Office, retail and food and beverage space will also be provided.

The public can view the development proposals on the New Mart website. There will be the opportunity to ask the development team questions and provide feedback at an online consultation event on Thursday 14 October 2021 between 4pm and 8pm.


Planning granted Leeds office to residential conversion permission

Addington Capital has secured permitted development determination to change the fifth and final building at Headingley Park, Leeds, from office to residential use.

Stockdale House, which is 43,000 square feet in size, has received permission under class O to be redeveloped to create a new residential building from the ground to fifth floor for 70 units to be targeted at the private rented sector.

Headingley Park was acquired by Addington in a joint venture in August 2014.


Dacorum issues call for sites

Dacorum Borough Council has issued a call for potential sites that could be registered for residential, commercial and community uses. The call is part of the council's work to prepare a new local plan.

This call for sites is for members of the public and organisations who feel that there is a site that should be assessed as a possible future development opportunity, not just for landowners or agents.

Any site can be submitted, however, the council is particularly looking for more sites on urban and brownfield land.

Image credit | iStock / Square - Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Hawkins\Brown