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News in brief: East London ice rink gets the go-ahead; National park approves hotel scheme

Words: Laura Edgar
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A roud-up of planning news: Tuesday 13 October, 2020

East London ice rink gets the go-ahead

Waltham Forest Council has granted planning permission for an ice venue in East London.

The Lee Valley Ice Centre would be built on the site of the current single pad venue in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton. It would comprise two Olympic-sized rinks side by side, a café, gym, exercise studios and community spaces that would be open to everyone.

The strategic planning application has been referred to the Mayor of London for consideration.

Designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, the scheme is aimed to make a number of environmental improvements to the area with “significant” native planting and landscape enhancements that should result in a biodiversity net gain of over 35 per cent.

The venue owner, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, is set to fund a 10-year £250,000 community programme to open up access to the venue for groups and schools across Waltham Forest and Hackney, should the mayor approve the application.


National park approves hotel scheme

The planning committee for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has granted permission for a “green scheme” to be built on the site of a derelict Second World War camp for evacuees in Linton in Wharfedale.

It comprises a hotel with spa, gym, bar, restaurant and underground car park.

Committee members heard that Natural Land’s plan would secure a “significant level” of employment and visitor spend in the local economy.

At the meeting on 6 October, the committee also approved an agricultural diversification scheme at Gam Farm in Grassington for an open farm visitor attraction, an agricultural museum and a whisky distillery and ancillary tea room.


High-rise development approved in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council has granted permission for a high-rise “luxury” residential development in the city’s Southside.  

Essex St (Properties) Ltd will build a 28-storey tower on land at 31-33 Essex Street, on the corner of Bristol Street.  

The development comprises a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, a sky garden, rooftop cinema, a concierge service and a private gym. Commercial space will be available on the ground floor.  

The homes are to be made available for private sale, with a number made available at a discounted rate for local key workers.

Negotiations are currently under way to appoint a contractor, and work is expected to start on site in January.  


Body launched to shape care reform

ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators), has launched an advisory council to help to shape the policy, investment and operational landscape for housing-with-care.

The ARCO Advisory Council will meet regularly to make recommendations to the ARCO Board – its first meeting was held on Monday 5 October.

ARCO said it has created the council because “there has never been a more important time for drawing on wide-ranging expertise in the housing-with-care sector”.

Michael Voges, executive director at ARCO, said: “By pooling knowledge and insights on law, the customer experience, design, technology, healthcare and much more, ARCO will be in a much stronger position to help the housing-with-care sector to flourish.

“Our country is at an absolutely critical moment in deciding how we best care for and support older people. More of the same is not going to suffice, and we urgently need to expand models of housing and care that keep older people safe and secure, while boosting independence, health and wellbeing.”


Electric vehicle charge points coming to Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets Council has been successful in its bids for funding for electric charge points.

A total of 182 points will be available for use next year.

The first 82 new on-street charge points will be installed in early 2021, funded by a London Councils grant. The remaining 100 will be installed in government-funded locations later in the year.

The network of electric points can be seen in full here.


Project to increase investment in nature launches

A project that is aimed at increasing business investment in Scotland’s natural capital as part of a green recovery from Covid-19 has been launched in the Scottish Borders.

This pilot will kick off with work with environmental charity Tweed Forum on practical ways that business and other organisations can invest in nature and help to tackle climate change.

A key focus for the charity will be flood management and understanding the kind of investment that could benefit the community. The natural capital project is intended to show how investing in nature can bring returns for business as well as for nature and communities.

Luke Comins, director of Tweed Forum, said: “As public funding for protecting and enhancing our natural assets gets tighter, we have increasingly been seeking to blend public with private finance to carry out our work in the Tweed catchment. Whilst we have some success with carbon and biodiversity offsets, we are keen to explore new relationships and business cases. We very much hope the lessons learnt here can be transferred to other areas and scaled up.”


Scheme approved for London’s Old Kent Road

Southwark Council’s planning committee has granted planning permission for Sylvan Grove, a mixed-use development located within the Old Kent Road Area Action Plan.

Designed by HTA Design for developer Joseph Homes, the scheme includes 219 homes, 35 per cent of which have been designated as affordable. It also features 33,000 square feet of light industrial and flexible SME workspaces.

The apartments will be built in a 32-storey tower, while the commercial space will be housed in a five-storey building. A public square and children's play area will also be delivered, and new trees planted.

The Old Kent Road Area Action Plan will see the area undergo extensive regeneration.


Homes approved in Stirlingshire

Stirling Council’s planning committee has approved CALA Homes's (West) plans for a residential-led development on the grounds of the former Killearn Hospital.

The approval is subject to a section 75 agreement.

The application comprises 89 new homes of varying types to meet local demand, including bungalows for those who want to downsize but remain in the area.

The proposals also include green space, such as a village green and a children’s play area. A new foot and cycle path will be delivered, which will connect the site to the village, and a bus stop earmarked for the front of the development would transport children to Balfron High School.


Holiday park to go ahead in East Yorkshire

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council has granted planning permission for a holiday park comprising up to 420 static caravans in Skipsea.

The development, to be built on Hornsea Road, is expected to create more than 70 full-time jobs.

Outline planning permission has also been granted for a clubhouse and reception building.

The scheme will see up to 23,000 new trees planted and a lake established.

Pegasus Group provided applicant MB Goodwin (Skipsea) Ltd with planning, heritage, landscape design and urban design services.

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