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News in brief: Construction begins on Manchester build to rent scheme; Birmingham industrial unit approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 24 January, 2017

Construction begins on Manchester build to rent scheme

Construction work has started on a 36-storey tower in the centre of Manchester, within NOMA, a mixed-use redevelopment scheme in the city.

Moda Living and Apache Capital Partners have appointed Carillion to deliver Angel Gardens, a build-to-rent scheme.

The £154 million development includes 520,000 square feet of space with 466 apartments and 220,000 square feet of commercial space. The development also comprises a range of amenities, including a gym, cinema, restaurants and shops.

The site is opposite Manchester Victoria.


Birmingham industrial unit approved

Birmingham City Council has approved a 100,075 square foot industrial warehouse unit.

Barwood Capital, a real estate and development company, and First Industrial, an industrial real estate development company, will build the warehouse.

Birmingham 100 will be constructed on a 5.72 acre site on Walsall Road, just north of Birmingham City Centre.

It will comprise a warehouse and a two-storey office capable of accommodating up to 130 people, 47 HGV trailer parking spaces and 95 car parking spaces. It is expected to be completed by autumn 2017.


New hospital to be built in Westminster

Westminster City Council has approved the construction of a new health clinic at 33 Grosvenor Place in Belgravia.

The existing office building is to be redeveloped and converted into a modern private medical facility but plans suggest it will retain its historic façade.

The applicant, Cleveland Clinics, intends to use the new 205-bed clinic to provide a variety of medical services for around 30 day-care patients and 45 daily inpatients.


Belfast residents invited to contribute to city’s development

Belfast residents, business owners and students have been invited to attend an information session to hear about plans for the city’s development.

The Belfast Agenda is the city’s first community plan. It sets out a joint vision and long-term ambitions for Belfast, and outlines priorities for action over the next four years.

The preferred options paper for Belfast’s local development plan will be published on 26 January.

The information sessions will provide people with the opportunity to comment both on the preferred options paper and the Belfast Agenda.

These are scheduled for:

  • 30 January 2pm-4pm at Girdwood Community Hub, 10 Girdwood Avenue

  • 2 February 6.30pm-8.30pm at Olympia, Boucher Road

  • 9 February 6.30pm-8.30pm at Skainos Centre, 241 Newtownards Road

  • 13 February 2pm-4pm at the Innovation Factory, Forthriver Business Park, Springfield Road

To register for one of the sessions, e-mail: yourvoice@belfastcity.gov.uk

For more information, visit the Belfast City Council website.

The consultation is open until Friday 31 March 2017.


Northern Line extension tunnelling to begin

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that tunnelling to create an extension of the Northern line between Kennington and Battersea will begin in March.

Two 650 tonne machines, unveiled in Battersea last week, will create two 3.2 kilometre underground tunnels to extend the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line.

Khan said the extension will enable the regeneration of the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea areas. This includes supporting 25,000 new jobs and 20,000  new homes.


Buntingford care home approved

LNT Care Developments has received planning permission to build a 66-bed care home on the site a former Sainsbury’s depot in Buntingford.

East Hertfordshire District Council’s planning committee approved the care home earlier this month.

Construction is expected to start in February and a predicted completion date has been set for January 2018. Once completed, it will provide residential and dementia care for those aged over 65 years.

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