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News in brief: Croydon Boxpark, Leatherhead masterplan, green light for Angel Gardens

Words: Laura Edgar
Boxpark Croydon

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 24 March 2015

Boxpark Croydon scheme launched

Constructed from shipping containers, the 80-unit Boxpark Croydon (pictured) will also have a covered courtyard for year-round events. The scheme, which follows Roger Wade’s Boxpark development in Shoreditch, was launched at Mipim 2015. Stiles Harold Williams is the agent and will manage the planning application on behalf of Boxpark Croydon. The scheme will, Stiles Harold Williams explained,  provide more than 200 local jobs, and focus on “providing a vibrant environment for new and established independent retailers, offering flexible lease terms and affordable rents.” Roger Wade, CEO/founder of Boxpark said: “Croydon is one of the last London boroughs to be developed. Stratford, White City and Nine Elms have all seen recent new developments. I want everyone to rethink their view of Croydon. It’s the home of Kate Moss, Tracey Emin, and now Boxpark!”

Permission secured for LSE campus development

On behalf of the London School of Economics, Turley has secured a planning permission for the redevelopment of its campus from Westminster City Council. The ‘Centre Building Redevelopment project’ aims to create a state of the art, flexible and sustainable academic and teaching building, Turley explained. The new buildings will comprise a two-storey basement; part two-storey, part six-storey, part 13-storey building and a seven-storey core extension to the existing St Clements building. It is estimated that the value of the project is £120 million. Architect Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners has been selected as the designer.

Leatherhead masterplan to be created

Mole Valley District Council has commissioned Nexus Planning to create a masterplan and delivery strategy for Leatherhead town centre. Alongside Broadway Malyan (architecture and design firm) and property agency Colliers International, Nexus Planning will work on “revitalising the town centre”. Leatherhead has been awarded government funding through the Coast to Coast Capital Local Enterprise Partnership to regenerate the town centre, Nexus Planning explained. Councillor Chris Townsend, leader of Mole Valley District Council, said: “Considerable emphasis is being placed on consultation and engagement with residents and stakeholders and I look forward to hearing from our residents, businesses and communities as the project progresses." The council hopes to approve a draft masterplan in early 2016.

Manchester’s Angel Gardens green-lit

Moda Living’s (a partnership between Caddick Developments and Generate Land) Angel Gardens is, Moda Living explained, a new style private rented sector development in Manchester. The scheme is the residential component of the Co-operative Group and Hermes Investment Management’s joint venture NOMA masterplan in Manchester city centre. Tony Brooks, director of Moda Living, said: “The NOMA scheme is offering an unbeatable area of redevelopment and investment in Manchester city centre. It has provided Moda with the perfect opportunity to introduce our brand and concept, and we have customer experience at the heart of our strategy.”

Rail deal for passengers in west of England and Wales

More seats, more services and two new fleets of modern trains for rail passengers in the west of England, Thames Valley and South Wales have been announced by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin. An agreement has been reached between the government and First Group plc for First Great Western to continue to operate trains between London Paddington, the Cotswolds, South Wales and the South West until April 2019. The deal includes: 3,000,000 additional seats per year by 2018, 4,000 more morning peak seats into London by December 2018, more trains in Devon and Cornwall and a £30 million investment to improve stations and car parks.