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News in brief: Dissington Garden Village approved; Government urged to deliver on Crossrail 2


A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 21 March, 2017

Dissington Garden Village approved

Northumberland County Council had approved a new garden village on green belt land.

The development, six miles from Newcastle, will provide 2,000 new homes and associated local services, facilities and infrastructure provision. It will deliver substantial housing over and above the objectively assessed housing need, and contribute towards “an important government objective”, according to the council committee’s report.

The use of green belt land is justified because of “very special circumstances”, says the report. The single ownership of the land and relative absence of development constraints will also “facilitate accelerated delivery” of the scheme.

Heritage and planning services for the scheme were provided by WYG, on behalf of the developer, Lugano Dissington Estate Ltd.


Government urged to deliver on Crossrail 2

More than 70 business leaders have signed a letter urging the government to make delivering Crossrail 2 a priority.

Representatives from EY, Deloitte, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports and others hailed the “national importance” of the infrastructure project.

Crossrail 2 would improve journey times, relieve congestion and support some 200,000 new homes, as well as the same number of jobs. It would also support UK industry, benefiting regional economies by up to £1 billion each, say its advocates.

London, which will benefit from relieved pressure on the Underground, is already committed to meeting half the cost.


Innovative housing approved in Hertfordshire.

An innovative application by a major local employer to build on green belt land has been approved in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

VolkerWessels UK, a construction and civil engineering group that has contributed around £15 million to the local economy, will build 21 homes, along with a three-floor extension to its head office.

The development was deemed by the council to have minimal impact on green belt openness and wildlife, and big benefits to the local economy and community. These benefits provide the “very special circumstances” required to justify building on green belt land.

The development will incorporate ‘cutting-edge’ design, including affordable and prefabricated houses, according to the plans.


£75m road improvement scheme will unlock thousands of homes 

Highways England will unlock the development of more than 4,000 homes and 10,000 jobs by investing £75 million in road improvements across the country, says the agency.

Over £12 million will come from its growth and housing fund, with the rest coming from private sector developers and other public funding.

The improvements will create opportunities around Derby, Durham, Oldham and Taunton.

The works have been announced as part of Highways England’s economic growth plan ‘The Road to Growth’, which seeks to show how it will use government funding to improve the country's economic well-being.


Housing scheme will bring 60 homes to rural Warwickshire

Following the sale of an 11-acre site by Richborough Estates, planning permission has been granted for the delivery of 60 new homes, 35 per cent of which will be designated affordable.

The homes have been designed to be in keeping with the “historic and picturesque’ nearby village of Newbold-on-Stour, explained Richborough Estates. They will have large gardens, open spaces and a low-density arrangement.

Families moving into the area will help to support existing facilities such as the local primary school, post office and pub, according to Richborough Estates’ managing director Paul Campbell.

The site is seven miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon, and four miles north of popular market town Shipston-on-Stour.


Plans submitted for new £26m leisure centre

A planning application for a new £26 million leisure centre in Dover has been submitted, to replace the existing 40-year-old leisure centre. 

Facilities at the centre would include a competition standard, eight-lane swimming pool, a sports hall, squash courts, a fitness gym and a café.

The plans meet Sport England guidelines and the centre is being designed to a 'very good' BREEAM rating. 

The application is expected to be considered by the local council’s planning committee in June.


Oxford regeneration scheme begins with student housing

A new £32.5 million student housing scheme will mark the beginning of redevelopment to ‘Oxpens’, a key Oxford city centre site.

Student accommodation provider Student Castle has secured planning permission for a 514-bed development that will also include 83 square metres of commercial, leisure and community space, and 290 cycle parking spaces.

Oxford City Council has earmarked development of the area as having the potential to create 750 jobs, of which this scheme will contribute 160 jobs over two years.

The council’s planning committee approved the plans on Tuesday 14 March.