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News in brief: Edinburgh Marina homes approved; Economic development APPG launches

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Edinburgh Marina homes approved

The City of Edinburgh Council has approved the second phase of the development at Edinburgh Marina.

Developer Edinburgh Marina Holdings will build 24 three and four-bedroom houses, and 144 one, two and three-bedroom apartments across several plots.

Matthew Garstang, Edinburgh Marina Holdings, said: “This is an important stepping stone in the creation of this world-class development comprising the landmark Edinburgh Marina, over 800 new homes including Royal Wharf the Living for Retirement block and the new Hyatt Regency Spa & Conference Hotel and local amenities.”


Economic development APPG launches

An All-Party Parliamentary Group for Economic Development has launched to represent industry professionals in the public, private and third sector.

The non-partisan APPG for Economic Development brings together senior parliamentarians, policymakers and economic development practitioners. It will consider issues ranging from town centre regeneration and rural economic development to job creation, productivity and digital adoption.

The Institute of Economic Development (IED), which led the APPG formation, will act as the group’s secretariat.

Andrea Jenkyns MP, chair of the APPG, explained: “We will begin our work by looking at what needs to be done to revitalise high streets and coastal towns. By taking an in-depth look at their unique selling points we will work to safeguard them for the future. We will also look at how to increase productivity across the whole country. How will the technological revolution affect local economies? We will also look at how communities are funded at a local level right across the country. What does further devolution look like? These are just some of the questions that we hope to tackle over the coming year.”


Cardiff listed building to be restored

Cardiff Council has approved WYG’s plans to restore and redevelop Suffolk House, a listed building in Canton, Cardiff.

Developer Quin & Co Limited and local architect firm Connections Design will work on the project, which includes restoration of the original villa building and development of seven three-bed family townhouses and 10 one and two-bedroom apartments.

Located in the Conway Road Conservation Area, Suffolk House has been vacant for many years and fallen into disrepair. WYG said negotiations with Cardiff Council helped shape the design, including collaboration with the council’s planning, arboriculture, and heritage teams to safeguard important site features.

Proposed improvements include demolition of unsympathetic later extensions to the original villa, remedial works to the original site boundary wall, on-site amenity space, and a compensatory tree planting and landscaping scheme.


Council backs MK plan

Milton Keynes Council has approved Plan:MK. The local plan sets out how the town will grow until 2031.

It details the requirements for new development, including that development should be based on the founding principles of Milton Keynes.

Green space must be protected; development should make the most of the East-West Growth Corridor and national infrastructure projects, and 31 per cent of new housing must be affordable.

By 2031, the population of Milton Keynes is expected to rise to more than 310,000, with a minimum of 26,500 new homes delivered by Plan:MK to meet this demand. Of these, almost 20,000 are already in the planning pipeline.


Housing and sports facility coming to Wimborne Minster

East Dorset District Council has granted outline planning permission for 174 homes and a £5 million sports village at Wimborne Minster.

Design by planning and architecture consultancy Pro Vision on behalf of Gleeson Strategic Land, the scheme represents the second phase of the development on the south side of Leigh Road.

The 174 homes, 49 of which are affordable, will link up with 305 homes in
the first phase previously approved and currently under construction by housebuilder Barratt David Wilson. The new homes include a mix of houses, flats and bungalows.

A two-storey pavilion with first-floor viewing terrace will provide a new home for Wimborne Rugby Football Club and be shared with other local sports clubs. It will have modern changing and support rooms, clubroom, bar and catering facilities. The recreational ground includes sports pitches (natural and artificial turf), floodlights and a 250-space car park.

As part of the scheme, the developer will pay for the £5 million community sports facility and contribute £1 million towards local education, health services, highways improvement and creation of a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG).

It was the last application to be considered by the planning committee before the Dorset councils merge.


Housing alliance launched in Scottish capital

Eight housing associations and cooperatives in Edinburgh have established an alliance to share skills, experience and resources to allow them to deliver an enhanced service to their customers and the wider community.

As a voluntary partnership of equals, the members of the alliance deliver services to more than 20,000 people throughout Edinburgh and collectively employ 440 permanent staff, who are overseen by more than 100 voluntary board/committee members.

Over the coming year the alliance will focus on sharing procurement support, project management training for staff responsible for the development of new housing (delivered by Housemark) and, potentially, team up for board/committee member learning and development opportunities.

The members of Alliance of Registered Co-operatives and Housing Associations, Independent in Edinburgh (ARCHIE) are: Hunters Hall Housing Co-op; Lister Housing Co-op; Manor Estates Housing Association; Muirhouse Housing Association; Port of Leith Housing Association; Prospect Housing Association; Viewpoint Housing Association; and West Granton Housing Co-operative.

ARCHIE was launched at an event hosted by councillor Kate Campbell, housing and economy convener, at Edinburgh City Chambers on 22 March.


Oxford bids for cash to improve A40

Oxfordshire County Council has submitted a bid to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) for £102 million.

The bid was put together in partnership with West Oxfordshire District Council.

If successful, the money would help to deliver:

  • An extension of the A40 dual carriageway from Witney to the proposed Eynsham park-and-ride. Cycling facilities would be improved along the route.
  • An extension of the A40 westbound bus lane from west of Duke’s Cut canal and railway bridges to the proposed Eynsham park-and-ride.
  • A40 capacity and connectivity improvements at Duke’s Cut canal and railway bridges. This includes provision of eastbound bus route over the A40 Duke’s Cut canal and railway bridges on the approach to Wolvercote, as well improved cycle facilities.


Student development green-lit in Egham

Runnymede Borough Council has granted planning approval for a student residential development on Egham high street in Surrey.

The scheme, which was designed by tp bennett, will provide 107 studio rooms across two buildings. It also includes amenity space on the ground floor, as well as a gym, cinema and social space. Two retail units will “breathe new life” into that end of the high street.

A heritage study was carried out to fully understand the local surroundings and how this architecture would be reflected in the design of the new building.

As the scheme is in the conservation area, a heritage study was carried out to understand the local surroundings and how the architecture would be reflected in the design of the new building.

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