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News in brief: Contractor appointed to Swansea development; Mixed-use scheme to go ahead in Hounslow

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 19 February, 2019

Contractor appointed to Swansea development

Swansea Council has appointed Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd as the principal contractor under a pre-construction services agreement (PCSA) for Swansea Central Phase One.

The contract was awarded after a competitive tender process.

Plans include a 3,500-capacity digital indoor arena, a coastal park, digital plaza, landmark pedestrian bridge, new car parking, new homes, and premises for retail, food and drink.

The PCSA will see Buckingham – over six months from 18 February – undertake pre-construction services including detailed design, costings and essential preparatory work on the expansive city centre site.

This will prepare the project and site for the main build phase, which is set to start in late summer this year. The work is due to be completed in 2021.


Mixed-use scheme to go ahead in Hounslow

The London Borough of Hounslow Council has granted planning permission for a mixed-use scheme at Waterside Places’ Brentford Lock West development.

The plans form phase three of the development. They will deliver 452 new homes, 187 affordable of which have been designated as affordable, alongside commercial/retail space and a new public bridge. The public bridge will create a new route, and aims to improve connectivity through Brentford, while opening access to the Grand Union Canal, local parks, Brentford Station and Brentford High Street.

The new bridge will be accessible to pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchairs and buggies and will connect Robin Grove Recreation Ground to a new public square, which will be delivered as part of phase three.

The wider Brentford Lock West regeneration is being delivered by Waterside Places – a joint venture between the Canal & River Trust, and national urban regeneration specialist Muse Developments. Regeneration work began in 2012, and more than 300 homes have been delivered so far.


Organisation named to help Manchester homeless

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has announced that the Great Places Housing Group will lead on delivering new homes for people previously sleeping rough. This sees the city region’s first Housing First scheme get under way.

The housing association will lead a consortium assisting up to 400 people into their own home with support over the next three years. The scheme is backed by £7.6 million of government funding.

Burnham said: “Delivering a sustainable and impactful Housing First service across Greater Manchester will be crucial if we are to make good on our promise to address the humanitarian crisis that is homelessness, and rough sleeping in particular.

“Great Places has an ambitious approach and their bold aims match ours – in this day and age no one should be without a home and in Greater Manchester we are doing things differently, choosing to prioritise tackling homelessness as a matter of urgency.”

Great Places will begin work later this year.


Rental scheme approved for Cardiff

Private rent developer PLATFORM_ has been granted planning approval for its first Welsh scheme, which will be built in Cardiff.

The firm will work with local developer Urban Centric to deliver 206 build-to-rent homes. They will be built on the site of the former Browning Jones & Morris builders’ merchants premises on Dumballs Road.

The 206 apartments will be a mix of one and two-bed units. They will sit alongside over 7,200 square feet of amenity space, including a residents’ lounge, gym and communal roof terraces. The development will also comprise 6,700 square feet of ground-floor retail space spread across two units, one of which will be a convenience store.PLATFORM_ will retain and manage the home for the long term.


Leisure facilities approved in Brent

Brent Council’s cabinet has approved a new plan to create a community hub on the Bridge Park site, which has been derelict for more than 15 years.

The plan comprises improved leisure facilities, including a six-lane pool, flexible business spaces and a café. Community facilities such as two function halls, 104 new homes, a gym, and a children’s soft play area also feature.

Krupesh Hirani, cabinet member for public health, culture & leisure, said: “We are a step closer to delivering a hub that caters for the needs of residents now and in the future. Brent has a growing and ageing population and the new independent living homes in this proposal, together with the additional housing that the neighbouring Unisys buildings will bring, once rebuilt, will help many residents.”

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