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News in brief: Enforcement action against Lask Edge turbine to be taken; Government confirms £80m for national colleges

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 10 May, 2016

Enforcement action against Lask Edge turbine to be taken

Enforcement action is set to be taken against a wind turbine in Staffordshire Moorlands.

The five-kilowatt, 15-metre micro turbine at Lask Edge Farm, near Leek, could be removed.

Planning permission for the turbine was applied for in 2013. Officers at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council recommended it for refusal, the committee refused it and the turbine was passed on appeal by the Planning inspectorate.

A member of the public lodged a Judicial Review with the High Court and it was successful – the Planning Inspectorate accepted that it had made a mistake in its determination of the appeal.

The application was then sent back to the inspectorate, but it was dismissed on 27 January.

The appellant did not mount a Judicial Review within the six-week period and so the council is pursuing this in accordance with the due legal process.

Vista acquires Manchester site

Law firm Winckworth Sherwood has advised Vista on the forward purchase of the first phase of Manchester Waters from Rowlinson Constructions for £23 million.

Vista is a UK residential fund established through a joint venture between Countrywide plc and Hermes Investment Management.

Manchester Waters is a 164-unit build-to-rent scheme totalling 96,547 square feet located on the south-west fringe of central Manchester.

The site was acquired on a long leasehold from Peel Land & Property. It has good transport connections to Salford Quays and the city centre, including the Metro.

Rowlinson Constructions will develop the scheme.

Government confirms £80m for National Colleges

The government has announced £80 million in funding to support the creation of five new national colleges, including one for major infrastructure projects.

It said the centres of high-tech training would ensure that the UK has skilled people in industries “crucial” to economic growth – high-speed rail, nuclear, onshore oil and gas, digital skills and creative industries.

The 5 national colleges are:

  • National College for High Speed Rail (hubs located in Birmingham and Doncaster)

  • National College for Nuclear (hubs located Somerset and Cumbria)

  • National College for Onshore Oil and Gas (hub located in Blackpool)

  • National College for Digital Skills (hub located in London; Tottenham Hale and Whitechapel)

  • National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries (hub located in Purfleet, Essex)

More information can be found here.

£4m Flint council homes plan approved

Councillors in Flint have approved a scheme to build 30 new council homes in the town.

The homes will replace a previous housing estate called The Walks, which was demolished last year.

Officers recommended the plan for approval.

House builder commits to being carbon positive

A house builder has announced its plans to become the “first major house builder” in Britain to be carbon positive.

Rob Perrins, managing director of Berkeley Group, said: “We are committing to becoming the UK's first carbon positive listed house builder. The climate change negotiations in Paris made it very clear that business has to lead on this issue. There is a strong commercial case for making a business more lean, green and accountable. And in my opinion it's simply the right thing to do.

“From this point, Berkeley will reduce its carbon emissions intensity by 10 per cent, encourage the use of green energy tariffs, and invest in projects that reduce or eliminate emissions elsewhere, for example, by investing in renewable energy or the retrofit of existing homes, to go beyond offsetting our remaining emissions."

Read more here.