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News in brief: Development plans approved and submitted; Consultancy appointed to regenerate Walsall

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 23 October, 2018

Student accommodation application submitted in Leicester

A full planning application has been submitted to Leicester City Council for the second phase of a student accommodation development next to the railway station.

Multidisciplinary design practice rg+p submitted the scheme on behalf of developer Student Urban Living (Leicester) Ltd.

Proposals comprise 99 student bedrooms, arranged in two, three and four-bed cluster flats as well as studio apartments. A landscaped amenity space, covered cycle and refuse storage is also provided.

rg+p secured planning permission for phase one of the scheme, including 159 bedrooms, in September 2017. Student Urban Living exchanged contracts for the purchase of the land for phase two from Leicester City Council earlier in October 2018. The intention is to develop both phases simultaneously, subject to approval.


Mixed-use site in Cornwall green-lit

Cornwall Council has approved mixed uses for Kernick Industrial Estate in Penryn.

Known as Studytel Penryn, the site will be redeveloped to provide student accommodation, employment space and a café. The student accommodation will include a mix of self-contained studios and cluster apartments, with a shared kitchen and communal space for more than 500 students.

Gary Wilkinson from Studytel, the company behind the scheme, said: “We have spent 18 months working with the authority, Falmouth University, the
University of Exeter and the local community to deliver a scheme that will provide many benefits to the local and wider economy.”

It has the potential to help to deliver over £835 million of economic benefit for Cornwall, he added.


Micro homes approved in Worcester

Worcester City Council has granted approval for the ‘UK’s first’ iKozie micro-home community.

The 16 single-person iKozie homes will be built on a former brownfield site on Cecil Road in the city centre.  

Of those homes, five will be affordable homes to be allocated to individuals on the city council’s housing list. The remainder will be for private rent. Two will be designed for disabled people.

iKozie director Kieran O'Donnell believes that the home could be a template for similar housing solutions across the country.

Designed by O'Donnell and Andrew Eastabrook, Eastabrook Architects, the homes are 17.25 square metres in size. The iKozie features a bedroom, shower room, living area and full kitchen including all appliances. The home was inspired by yacht interiors and first-class airline suites.

Worcestershire-based Planning Prospects Ltd helped to secure planning permission.

Construction will begin early in 2019.


Rental homes get the go-ahead in Sheffield

More than 300 build-to-rent homes have been approved for a site in Sheffield city centre.

The site, which is near The Moor shopping centre will comprise 335 homes specifically for rent as well as 2,500 square feet of amenity space, two residents’ lounges, a gym, and bike storage.

The homes will comprise studio, one, two and three-bed apartments and will be built across five to 14-storey buildings.

The development forms part of the wider £480 million regeneration of the Retail Quarter, which is expected to be completed in 2019.


Consultancy appointed to regenerate Walsall

Walsall Council has appointed design consultancy Arcadis to develop a masterplan for the town centre.

The masterplan will include proposals to make the town more sustainable and resilient over the next 15 to 20 years. It will build on the evidence base that supports the soon-to-be adopted Walsall Town Centre Area Action Plan.

Simon Marks, Arcadis city executive for the West Midlands region, said: “In developing the regeneration masterplan, we’ll be focusing on improvements to the shopping area, leisure, culture, public realm, transport links and housing, whilst still ensuring we protect and enhance the historic character of the town and its green space. The new masterplan will help to rejuvenate not only the town centre, but also deliver ongoing investment into the region.”


Site bought for mixed-use development near Clapham

Developer Regal London and joint venture partner and investment firm KKR have acquired a site on Clapham Road for a mixed-use development.

Situated between Stockwell and Clapham North, the development will be residential-led, delivering 62 one, two and three-bedroom apartments across nine floors. Of those homes, 12 will be available for shared ownership.

The ground and lower-ground floors will comprise approximately 18,250 square feet of flexible B1/A1 commercial space.

Planning permission was granted in June 2017 following a collaborative working relationship with the London Borough of Lambeth.

Work on the site will begin in 2019.


Housing association to deliver 57 homes

Future Housing Group will deliver 57 new homes in Derby, following a Section 106 acquisition.

The homes form part of a Miller Homes development on Hackwood Park, Mickleover.

The East Midlands housing association will build 31 homes for affordable rent homes, 14 for social rent, and 12 for shared ownership.

Marcus Keys, group director of business growth and transformation at Futures, said: “This is our largest Section 106 acquisition ever and helps us provide some much-needed new homes in the Derby area.

“Alongside our affordable and social rent units, which is at the heart of what Futures does, we also have the 12 shared ownership properties, which is a fantastic way for people to get on the property ladder.”

The first new homes will be available in early 2019 with the scheme expected to be completed in 2025.


Kirklees industrial development approved

GVA has secured full planning permission from Kirklees Council for a new 19,202 square metre industrial development on land adjacent to Bradley Business Park, near Huddersfield.

The permission was secured on behalf of Aflex Hose, a hose manufacturer. The firm operates from four sites in Calderdale and this development permits the consolidation of its operations into one site.

It will house its existing 280 employees and allow the business to continue to grow and meet its ambition to employ 500 people over the next decade.

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