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News in brief: Council homes approved after estate regeneration ballot; New homes approved for Craven

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

Homes approved after estate regeneration ballot

Lewisham Council will build up to 150 new council homes after residents voted in favour of redeveloping an area of New Cross.

The proposal to redevelop the area around Achilles Street was backed by 73 per cent of eligible residents in the first ballot of its kind to take place in the Suth London borough.

Overall, 92 per cent of eligible residents voted.

The redevelopment will see around 450 new homes built with half as council housing for existing residents and people on the housing waiting list. The remaining half will be private housing to help fund the redevelopment.

The council and its housing company, Lewisham Homes, will build the homes to modern energy-efficient and safety standards with features such as sprinkler systems and CCTV. The development aims to give residents improved access to public and green spaces with communal gardens or balconies.


New homes approved for Craven

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has approved Craven District Council’s planning application to build four affordable homes for local occupancy in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Another five open-market homes – described as “a contemporary farmstead style development” – were approved as part of the same application. A roadside barn will also be converted into a local occupancy home, making a total of 10 new dwellings on the site.

The development will be on land allocated in 2012 for housing next to the Settle-Carlisle railway on the northern edge of Horton.


Waltham Town Hall plans approved

Waltham Forest Council’s planning committee has granted planning approval for phase one of proposals to transform the Town Hall Campus site on Forest Road.

There are two phases in the plans to create a new neighbourhood in the north-east London borough, refurbish historic buildings and open up the campus to the public.

The grade II-listed town hall will be renovated “considerately” but modernised to facilitate new ways of working. The council said the work would transform the way it operates and how it delivers services to residents.

Phase one of the development includes creating an inclusive and welcoming space with a new water fountain as the centrepiece. It will replace the existing fountain, which does not meet current health and safety standards.

Works are due to start in mid-2020 and are set for completion in spring/summer 2021.

Proposals for phase one were created by architect Hawkins\Brown and brought forward with planning and heritage consultants Montagu Evans.


Caddick Group to deliver Yorkshire logistics scheme

Yorkshire-based firm Caddick Group has been appointed as main contractor to deliver a 512,000 square-foot logistics scheme in Wakefield for real estate manager AEW.

AEW will buy the site from Caddick Group and fund the development for its recently launched €290 million develop-to-core UK logistics venture with Allianz.

The £50 million distribution centre, called Wakefield 515, will sit next to the already completed Cross Point 33 phase one, a £100 million, 1.2 million square-foot distribution centre now occupied by TJX Europe, parent company of retail brands TK Maxx and HomeSense. Caddick Construction built Crosspoint 33 phase one.

The development is located at Junction 33 on the M62 motorway.

The phase two building is due to be delivered by Q4 2020 and will be marketed jointly by Dove Haigh Philips and JLL.


Earth Trust appoints consultancy for wetlands project

Earth Trust has appointed property consultancy Carter Jonas to provide planning expertise on its River of Life II project to create new wetland habitats along the River Thames and River Thame.

The environmental charity’s project seeks to improve the natural landscape and promote biodiversity.

These physical works require planning permission and Carter Jonas will be responsible for preparing the supporting planning statements, checking and submitting the necessary planning application documents and engaging with South Oxfordshire District Council.

The Earth Trust has partnered with local landowners Church Farm Partnership and The Hurst Water Meadow Trust. New water ecosystems are proposed at three locations in South Oxfordshire – Long Wittenham, Little Wittenham and Dorchester-on-Thames – all in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The new habitats will include 16 ponds and seven backwater channels plus wet woodland, which will connect to the River Thames to provide a refuge for fish.


Yorkshire energy park approved

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning committee has approved the £200 million plans for Yorkshire Energy Park.

Proposed by Hull-based Sewell Group, Hessle-based communications company MS3 Networks and development company Chiltern Group, the energy park development would be built on the former Hedon Aerodrome site to the east of Hull.

Once built and operational, it will have the capacity to create up to 4,480 jobs, including up to 2,090 full-time jobs across a range of business sectors.

Plans for the 215-acre site include an energy centre, data centre and disaster recovery suite. They also include about 83,000 square feet of space for established and start-up businesses, education, training and research facilities alongside associated short-stay accommodation and new sports facilities for the community.

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