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News in brief: Crown Estate sells land to housebuilders; Vauxhall student scheme approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 17 October, 2017

Crown Estate sells land to housebuilders

The Crown Estate has announced that it has reached an agreement with Barratt and David Wilson Homes for the sale of land north of Bingham, Nottinghamshire.

The 225-acre site has outline planning permission for 1,050 homes and commercial space.

It forms part of the extension of the town, with a masterplan featuring a new community to the north of Bingham, with space for new local shops, a primary school and public space.

Savills advised the Crown Estate on the sale. The housebuilder is expected to start on site next year.


Vauxhall student scheme approved

Lambeth Council has approved a student residential and mixed-use scheme in Vauxhall.

tp bennett designed the site for developer Downing.

The approval will see a 37-storey student residential building and a six-storey commercial office development built on the west side of South Lambeth Road.

It will replace an existing two-storey, 18-unit commercial office space.

The residential building will provide 841 student beds, split into studios and en-suites for five, six or seven cluster units. These will be offered at different prices.

A 201-square metre ground-floor café and reception area will also be accommodated.


Students to design Liverpool cultural building

Architectural technology students in their final year at Liverpool John Moores University have been challenged to design a new cultural building at Liverpool Waters.

The Liverpool Waters masterplan includes proposals for a cultural building in the Central Dock neighbourhood. The students have been briefed to produce ideas for how this could look once developed.

The students have visited the site and met assistant project director Ian Pollitt.

Michael Farragher, senior lecturer in architectural technology at Liverpool John Moores University, said: “This project is all about getting students out of the classroom to tackle real-life challenges and put their skills into practice on a real project. This is the next generation of architects and it’s really important that they gain the practical skills that they will need to succeed in their career.”


Contributions sought for Worcestershire minerals plan

Worcestershire County Council is looking for local landowners to contribute to its new Minerals Local Plan.

The plan aims to guide what materials are needed and how much the council needs to be able to supply, where minerals should be extracted, how sites should be restored when work has finished, and how minerals development should protect and enhance the county’s people and places.

Worcestershire County Council is looking for landowners to submit additional sites that could be suitable for mineral working and could contribute to the local supply of minerals, especially sand, gravel, clay or hard rock.

The ideal site would have proven viable mineral resources, interest from a mineral operator and would not adversely affect environmental designations, homes or businesses.

The call for sites is open until 26 January 2018.

More information can be found on the Worcestershire County Council website. www.worcestershire.gov.uk/minerals


Mega-battery plant launches

A new energy storage facility at E.ON’s Blackburn Meadows biomass power station near Sheffield has now come online.

Nexus Planning secured planning permission for the extension in August 2016.

The new battery facility is capable of storing 10 megawatts of energy.

Nexus Planning said it marks an important development in the management of the national grid by enabling greater control over the balancing of electricity demand and supply.


Council supports empty homes campaign

Lichfield District Council has begun surveying the owners of properties that have been empty for a long time with the view to bringing them back into use.

As part of Empty Homes Week (16 October-22 October), the council is urging anyone who is struggling with an empty property and needs help to bring it back into use to contact it for advice.

The council also wants to hear from people who are concerned about an empty property in their area.

In the district there are an estimated 100 long-term empty properties. The council has a policy that aims to bring them back into domestic use.

Doug Pullen, cabinet member for regulatory services, housing & wellbeing, said: “Derelict properties can blight local communities and, with housing in short supply, they are wasted opportunities to create much-needed homes.

“Empty Homes Week is a good opportunity to highlight this issue locally, and to urge people to contact us if they own an empty property or are worried about a derelict property and want it dealt with.”