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News in brief: Energy record set in Britain; RTPI member appointed as a deputy judge

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of news: Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Energy record set in Britain

Wind generated 16.162 gigawatts (GW) of electricity in Britain for the first time on Sunday (8 December), which provided more than 40 per cent of its power.

This is according to National Grid.

Its data shows that wind provided 43.7 per cent of British electricity, more than double the amount that nuclear produced at 20.5 per cent.

Energy was also provided by:

  • Gas - 12.8 per cent
  • Biomass - 7.9 per cent
  • Imports - 7.4 per cent
  • Coal - 3.1 per cent
  • Hydro 1.7 - per cent
  • Solar - 1.3 per cent
  • Storage 1.1 per cent
  • Other sources - 0.5 per cent.

The previous wind energy record of 15.32GW was set on 8 February this year.


RTPI member appointed as a deputy judge

Tim Smith has been appointed a deputy High Court judge for England and Wales.

He is a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) LLP and a member of the RTPI’s Conduct and Discipline Panel.

The announcement was made following an open competition run by the Judicial Appointments Commission, open to practitioners with or without previous judicial experience, which has resulted in 24 new deputy High Court judges.

Smith studied law at the University of Nottingham and qualified as a solicitor in 1994. He joined what is now BCLP, specialising in planning and environmental law in 1996.

He was appointed as a fee-paid judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber) in 2013. As well as his voluntary work for the RTPI, Smith is the current chair of the Law Society’s Planning & Environmental Law Committee, and a Council member of JUSTICE.


Lincolnshire garden village achieves BREEAM certificate

Newton on Trent Garden Village in Lincolnshire has achieved its first BREEAM Communities certificate and is on its way to achieving an ‘Excellent’ mark, the Rural Land Group has announced.

This, it said, is a first in the UK for rural development.

The £74.9 million scheme will provide up to 325 new sustainable homes that are built to high sustainability standards. Affordable, custom and self-build homes are available.

All homes will be built to lifetime standards so that older people can stay in the village, said the Rural Land Group.

Other facilities include open and public spaces, a village green, new footpath and cycle path networks, sustainable transport options, a new village hub, café, bar and business barn.

The applicants are locally based farmer-landowners whose family have lived in the village for three generations.


Build to Rent scheme approved in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council has approved a ‘luxury’ residential-led scheme, which will be built in the centre of the city.

The scheme – One Eastside – will deliver: 667 one and two-bedroom apartments; on-site recreation – sport and leisure facilities including a gym, cinema, yoga and games room; a rooftop sky lounge and roof terrace; and residential gardens.

Planning consultancy Turley acted on behalf of Court Collaboration to secure the permission.


Second phase of Somerset development to go-ahead

North Somerset Council has granted planning permission for the second phase of a development in Locking, Somerset.

The phase includes 27 homes comprising one and two-bedroom apartments, and three and four-bedroom homes. Nine of the properties will be affordable.

The homes will be delivered by St Modwen Homes at its Locking Parklands development, which is being delivered on the former RAF site.


Development at science park approved

Perkins and Will have been given permission for the designs of two new buildings on plot 16 at The Oxford Science Park, a UK science and technology park.

The new buildings will contribute 168,000 square feet of flexible office and laboratory space to the 500,000 square feet expansion planned for The Oxford Science Park by 2025.

Plot 16 is a linear site at the north-east corner of the park between railway tracks and Littlemore Brook, and Network Rail plans a rail station to go next to the site.

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