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News in brief: Consultation begins on former Nottingham shopping centre; RTPI announces new fellows

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Consultation begins on former Nottingham shopping centre

A ‘big conversation’ has been launched by Nottingham City Council to get people talking about what they would like to see happen to the site.

Council leader David Mellen has described it as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to reimagine and reshape what cities should look following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The site of the old Broadmarsh shopping centre covers around a million square feet in the centre of the city and is surrounded by a number of projects that are nearing completion, including the new Nottingham College City Hub.

When the pandemic began, the site was part of the way through a redevelopment into a leisure and retail centre. As a result, owner intu has gone into administration

The site has passed into the ownership of the city council. For the ‘big conversation’, the city council wants to hear from people living in the city and outside of it. It will take place over 10 weeks.

More information can be found here.    


RTPI announces new fellows 

Gareth Giles and John McNairney have been elected as fellows of the RTPI.

Chartered fellowship is only awarded to chartered members who have made a major personal contribution to the planning profession for the benefit of the public, said the RTPI.

Gareth Giles is a founding partner at planning consultancy Whaleback, which is based in Sussex. He has previous experience as a planning officer at local authorities including Mid Sussex District Council, South Downs National Park Authority and Brighton and Hove City Council.

Giles commented: “I am immensely proud to be elected to Fellowship of the Institute, which has real significance for me personally and professionally. I am so grateful to those in the industry who have supported and encouraged me throughout my career and nominated me for this honour.”

John McNairney is the chief planner for the Scottish Government.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been awarded the fellowship of the RTPI. Our profession has always meant a great deal to me and I’ve been fortunate to have been able to work with some superb colleagues in the profession supporting planning and place over the years.”


Application submitted for Poole regeneration project

Property firm MHA has submitted a planning application for the development of Fisherman’s Dock, located adjacent to the marina in Poole, Dorset. 

It includes 228 apartments, a portion of which would be affordable, a 118-bed boutique hotel with a rooftop restaurant and bar, and commercial space. 

The apartments will be delivered across four buildings and designed to reflect Poole’s quayside heritage.  
Hossein Abedinzadeh, Founder of MHA said: “This project is inspired by the rich history of the site and its local surroundings; not only will Fisherman’s Dock regenerate this part of Poole, it will also give back to the local community with the provision of valuable homes and employment opportunities.”


Public Practice looking for new recruits

Public Practice has announced that it is recruiting for its spring 2021 cohort, and is inviting applications from practitioners and expressions of interest from public authorities.

Expressions of interest to host a placement are welcome from public sector organisations across London, the South East and the East of England. Submissions should be made online by midday 23 November.

Public Practice is also recruiting built environment practitioners with a variety of skills, experience and backgrounds to be placed in authorities from spring 2021. 

Apply online by midday on 23 November.

More information can be found on the Public Practice website.


Affordable housing approved in Croydon

Brick by Brick has been granted planning permission for a housing scheme that will provide nine affordable rent flats as part of its innovative small sites programme.

Brick by Brick is Croydon Council’s development company.

The scheme – Grasmere Road – was designed by Hayhurst & Co., and is located on an underused garage site in South Norwood.

Nine flats will be delivered, as well as shared green space with play facilities. All of the new homes have south-facing living spaces and balconies overlooking this central green.

To improve the sustainability performance, the scheme includes an enhanced building fabric and air source heat pumps.


Environmental campaigners to speak in Surrey oil well legal case

Friends of the Earth has been granted permission to make submissions in support of a legal case against the decision to allow oil wells on green belt farmland.
The case has been brought by Sarah Finch from Redhill. The wells, proposed by Horse Hill Developments Ltd, are near to her home.

At the judicial review, which will be held in November, Finch will argue that the environmental assessment used as part of the Surrey County Council decision-making process for the oil wells should have considered the full climate impacts in the context of the climate emergency. 

Friends of the Earth explained that its submission to the court in support of the case would “assist the judges to understand the context of the current climate emergency and why it is vital to include it in any decision to allow the building of oil wells in Surrey”.

The judicial review is being held on a number of grounds, including a failure to comply with the 2014 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive and the 2017 Town and Country Planning (EIA) Regulations.

The hearing will take place on 17 and 18 November 2020.


Plans submitted for Exeter development

Developer Eutopia Homes has submitted a planning application for its second scheme in Exeter.

It comprises 51 apartments designed and built for rent and would be delivered on a vacant site adjacent to the Morrisons supermarket on Prince Charles Road. 

The developer said this development is intended to act as a “gateway” to its first Exeter project, Exmouth Junction, which was approved by Exeter City Council in March this year.

Exmouth Junction consists of a £130 million urban village to be delivered on 15 acres of brownfield land. A mix of affordable, private rented, for-sale housing and extra-care units, totalling 465 homes, will be delivered.

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