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News in brief: Edinburgh supports tree charter; Britain powered without coal for record time

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 4 June, 2019

Edinburgh supports tree charter

Councillors in Edinburgh have added their signatures to a nationwide Charter for Trees, Woods and People.

The City of Edinburgh Council is the first local authority from Scotland to sign the charter.

Launched in 2017 on the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest, the Tree Charter sets out 10 principles for a society in which trees and society can stand stronger together. The project is being led by the Woodland Trust.

Elected members from all parties signed the charter.


Britain powered without coal for record time

National Grid has revealed that Great Britain generated electricity for two weeks in May without using coal.

On Friday 31 May, National Grid said Great Britain’s electrical system passed the fortnight mark for no coal generation that afternoon. The coal generation came off the system at 3.12pm on 17 May and wasn’t used for that fortnight.

The previous record was set at the beginning of May, totalling 193 hours. The new record is 336 hours.


Architects appointed for Birmingham International Station work

The Urban Growth Company (UGC) has appointed architects WilkinsonEyre and engineering firm WSP to lead the transformation of Birmingham International Station.

Plans aims to transform it into a multi-modal transport exchange linked to the new HS2 Interchange Station in Solihull.

Jones Lang LaSalle and DWF have been appointed to provide commercial property and legal advice respectively. Faithful+Gould will provide project management, quantity surveying and principal designer services for the early stages of the project.

The appointment of the professional services team comes after the UGC secured £9.27 million from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) last year, to progress the design process.

The UGC was set up by Solihull Council to maximise the economic potential of the site known as The Hub, which is near the NEC and Birmingham Airport.


Nottingham builds homes for its waiting list

Nottingham City Homes (NCH) and contractor Woodhead Group will build 20 homes on the site of the former Clifton Miners Welfare on Ainsworth Drive in The Meadows area of the city.

The two-bed houses, which are being built on behalf of Nottingham City Council, were granted planning approval last year and are expected to be completed by next spring.

After planning permission was approved last year, these new homes are the latest for the Meadows area, which forms part of the city’s Building a Better Nottingham programme and follows the completion of 55 homes in June 2018.

The homes are also NCH's second social housing Ultra Site scheme, named by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), which is a national scheme aimed at improving the image of construction.

An Ultra Site status is given to a site that “is expected to go above and beyond the basic expectations of a normal construction site”, said NCH. The project team is expected to do even more to engage and work with the local community, offering employment, training and work experience opportunities to local people, as well as providing exceptional facilities and support to the workforce on site.


Harlesden backs neighbourhood plan

The Harlesden Neighbourhood Plan has been backed by 89.61 per cent of voters in the London Borough of Brent.

The plan set out what the communities want to see in the community for the next 15 years, and contains planning policies and community aspirations to achieve it.

It includes proposals to develop Harlesden and preserve its heritage, while at the same time aiming to address rising living costs and access to employment.

The plan was supported by 1,139 voters who came out to vote in a local referendum on 30 May and was rejected by only 132 voters.


Logistics site up for sale in East Mids

A 37-acre prime development site within the ‘Golden Triangle’ at Milton Ham, Northampton, has been put up for sale by Travis Perkins Properties.

The site has planning permission for three logistics and distribution units, amounting to 324,889 square feet.

The consent is for a standalone unit of 219,689 square feet with 206 car spaces and 25 dock-level doors. Units two and three are semi-detached units, capable of being let as a single unit, and are 52,600 and 105,200 square feet respectively. They have space for 59 and 55 car spaces.

Knight Frank and Chadwick McRae are joint advisers.


Frome application submitted to council

Acorn Property Group Bristol region has submitted an outline planning application to Mendip District Council to redevelop a 10-acre brownfield site in Frome town centre.

After receiving feedback from the public, Acorn worked with architects at Nash Partnership to draw up the masterplan for the regeneration of the derelict site.

The proposals for the redundant site, owned by Mendip District Council, include 300 new homes, 45,000 square feet of commercial space, a new riverside parkland area, a footbridge, a landscaped public realm and car parking.

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