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News in brief: Consultation on electricity storage launched; Charity launches crowdfund to challenge planning decisions

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 22 January, 2019

Consultation on electricity storage launched

The government has launched a consultation that considers the treatment of electricity storage within the planning system.

It is seeking views on a proposal to retain the 50 megawatt (MW) Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) threshold that applies to standalone storage projects.

It also proposes to amend Planning Act 2008 to establish a new NSIP capacity threshold for composite projects, including storage and another form of generation, such that a composite project would only fall under the NSIP regime where either the capacity of the storage element is more than 50MW or the capacity excluding any electricity storage is more than 50MW.

The consultation can be found here on the UK Government website.


Charity launches crowdfund to challenge planning decisions

Bath Preservation Trust has launched a crowdfunding campaign to enable it to challenge planning decision that it feels are ‘poor’.

The campaign follows the charity having to give up a judicial review case due to “exposure to unacceptable financial risk”.

The charity monitors and aims to influence development in Bath to ensure it is managed well, high quality, sensitive and appropriate to Bath’s status as a World Heritage Site.

Read more about the campaign here.


Tandridge submits local plan

Tandridge District Council has submitted its local plan to government for independent examination.

In a statement on its website, the council explains that the submission has taken place in advance of the introduction of the standard method for calculating housing need, which requires the district plan for 12,900 new homes – or 645 a year.

For various reasons, including the volume of green belt in the district, the council thinks that the plan can deliver half that – 6,056 homes, equating to 303 homes a year.

You can read more about the local plan on the council's website.


Views sought on Leeds plan changes

A six-week consultation has begun on proposed changes to the Leeds Site Allocation Plan for future housing, green space and development.

The modifications were put forward by two independent planning inspectors after several public hearings.

The inspectors generally supported the plan, but suggested fewer green belt sites needed to be released to meet projected housing growth. These include land at Parlington near Aberford, land off the A65 at Horsforth roundabout and Stourton Grange, Garforth are taken out of the plan.

Just the suggested modifications are the subject of this consultation, not the plan as a whole.

The consultation closes on Monday 4 March. More information can be found here on the Leeds City Council website.


Growth in luxury rental properties

There has been significant growth in the luxury rental accommodation market for young professionals, according to a report by research company GK Strategy.

The research found that over a four-year period, online search demand in the UK for co-living rental opportunities has increased by nearly 4,000 per cent. GK Strategy believes that this is set to grow further as investment in the sector accelerates.

This growth is attributed to a decline in opportunities for young people to own their own homes. The firm says young professionals are increasingly attracted by accommodation that includes all utilities, as well as onsite gyms, libraries and other facilities, in one all-inclusive package.

The report can be found here on the GK Strategy website (pdf).


Britcon to build Debyshire industrial premises

Development Partnership Priority Space has appointed building and civil engineering company Britcon to deliver a £1 million contract for speculative industrial premises in phase two of a new development at Markham Vale in Derbyshire.

The building will be 15,000 square feet in size. A 1,500 square feet of integral offices will also be built. Britcon has already delivered 13 SME units in phase one on the site which is now 75 per cent sold.  

The scheme sits within the Markham Vale flagship regeneration zone, which is a 200-acre business and distribution park at Junction 29A of the M1 motorway.


Harborough neighbourhood plan to go-ahead

Harborough District Council has given the green light to its 20th neighbourhood plan referendum.

Villagers in Arnesby will go to the polls to decide whether to adopt the plan on 28 February 2019.

Phil King, deputy leader and portfolio holder for planning, housing and regeneration, said: “Over the last five years Harborough District Council has been extremely successful in working with communities to deliver neighbourhood plans. Whilst the government has made it clear that neighbourhood plans cannot be used to prevent otherwise sustainable or appropriate development, neighbourhood plans have already been used to help determine planning applications and ensure housing development is built in the right places.”