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News in brief: Coastal path opens in North East; Housebuilder buys Leicestershire site with planning

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 31 July, 2018

Coastal path open in North East

Natural England has opened a new stretch of the England Coast Path, from South Bents to Amble.

The 44-mile stretch is the first open section of the England Coast Path in Tyneside and Northumberland. People will be able to explore the coast around the river Tyne and into Northumberland, the wild beaches and dunes of Druridge Bay, as well as the resorts and ports farther south.

The South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Northumberland stretch is the tenth section of Natural England’s England Coast Path project to open. Natural England is working to establish a 2,700-mile path around the entire English coastline.


Housebuilder buys Leicestershire site with planning

Strategic land company Richborough Estates has sold a 6.17-acre residential development site in Leicestershire village Gilmorton to developer Barwood Homes.

Richborough Estates acquired the site from a private landowner with the help of Trevor Wells from chartered surveyor and property firm Wells McFarlane.

The site has outline planning permission for 43 one, two, three, four and five-bedroom homes. Of the 43, 14 have been designated as affordable.

Two acres of land will be provided as public open space and a children’s play area.


Homes application for Bilston submitted

Countryside has submitted a full planning application for 421 homes at Bilston Urban Village.

The plan is for 27 acres of land south of Bilston town centre and the Black Country Route.

The City of Wolverhampton Council and Homes England have invested in the site in order to bring it forward for development, including the enabling of trees to be cleared and drainage infrastructure being installed.

People have already moved into the 78 homes developed by Kier on two other Bilston Urban Village plots.


23-home plan submitted to south-west council

A detailed planning application for 23 homes on Sea Road, Carlyon Bay in Truro has been submitted to Cornwall Council.

The development comprises two Art Deco-style apartment blocks made up of two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses.

Architects Lipscomb Jones designed the plans.

Planning consultant Russell Dodge of BLS in Truro is advising on the scheme. If approved, work is expected to start on site in 2019 with the demolition of the two existing dwellings with Acorns development and regeneration company directly undertaking the construction.


Developer secures land in West Lothian for 1,900 homes

Housebuilder Springfield Properties has secured around 400 acres of zoned land in West Lothian to develop a site on the south-west border of Livingston.

The area has undergone rapid development and there is significant demand for residential property, with West Lothian Council committed to building 3,000 homes by 2022.

Springfield said it is working on a masterplan for the site and expects to submit a detailed planning application for phase one by early 2019. This would include about 600 private and affordable homes.

The area is zoned for 1,900 homes as well as commercial units and a primary school. The company intends to develop the site as a new neighbourhood within Livingston, and will pay for the land in instalments, subject to planning permission being received.


South Worcestershire planning policies approved

New planning guidance has been adopted in support of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP), which sets out where new homes and employment development should take place up to the year 2030.

The three councils involved in the SWDP – Worcester, Malvern Hills and Wychavon – have all approved three new supplementary planning documents (SPDs) containing guidance on renewable and low-carbon energy, water management and flooding, and the contributions developers make toward local infrastructure when they start building.

The three SPDs are:

  • Renewable and low-carbon energy.
  • Water management and flooding.
  • Developer contributions.


Newham approves mixed-use scheme

The London Borough of Newham Council has granted approval for phase three of the Hallsville Quarter development in Canning Town following Section 73 and reserved matters applications.

Designed by Hawkins\Brown architects, the scheme comprises 620 new homes, including 50 extra care homes. It also features 118,404 square feet of town centre uses, such as retail, leisure, offices and an NHS health centre.

Overall, Hallsville Quarter is set to comprise retail, offices, leisure, hotel, community uses, student accommodation, 1,148 homes and basement car parking.

Developer Linkcity was advised by planning and development consultancy Montagu Evans.

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