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News in brief: Extra care homes approved in Greater Manchester; Edinburgh seeks development partner for regeneration scheme

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Extra care homes approved in Greater Manchester

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council has granted planning permission for a £20.5 million development of 95 specialist retirement apartments in Standish, Greater Manchester.

The permission is subject to the completion of a legal agreement.

Of the homes, 64 apartments will be built to McCarthy & Stone’s Retirement Living PLUS specification – a form of extra care housing that offers a range of facilities to residents, including a wellness suite and a guest suite. These will be made up of a mix of self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments, alongside the option of flexible domestic and personalised care and support packages from McCarthy & Stone’s on-site team.

Another 31 apartments will be built to McCarthy & Stone’s Retirement Living specification, which is aimed at the more active older homeowner, but still provides on-site support and maintenance for peace of mind, as well as a shared homeowners’ lounge.


Edinburgh seeks development partner for regeneration scheme

The City of Edinburgh Council has launched the bidding process to appoint a development partner to regenerate the former Fountain Brewery site at Fountainbridge.

A contract notice published by the council calls for expressions of interest from potential developers. The responses will be used to draw up a shortlist, and the council hopes to have a development partner in place by the summer.

The redevelopment will transform three hectares of canal-side brownfield land into a ‘vibrant’ new place to live and work. Plans include more than 400 new homes, 177 of them affordable, and a 10,000 square-metre office building aimed at growing technology companies, along with over 4,500 square metres of floor space for shops, eateries and space for social enterprises. High-quality public realm and green space also form part of the plans.

The contract notice can be viewed here.


Wolverhampton approves housing strategy

The City of Wolverhampton Council’s cabinet has approved a new five-year housing strategy for the city.

Better Homes for All sets out the council’s ambitions from 2019 to 2024.

It outlines the three key priorities as more and better homes, safer and healthier homes, and access to a secure home.

Since the last housing strategy was put in place, the council has built the first new council homes in over 30 years in the city; established its own housing company, WV Living; and started to deliver the Heath Town regeneration programme.

The council said the revision of the housing strategy would ensure that there continues to be a supply of housing and housing services to meet the needs and aspirations of the city’s current and future residents.

Better Homes for All can be found on the council website.


Neighbourhood plan adopted in Stockport

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has adopted the Woodford Neighbourhood Plan as part of the council’s development plan.

A referendum was held on 12 September 2019, and 95.8 per cent of those who voted did so in favour of the plan.

The plan and associated documents are available to view on the council’s website.


Regeneration plans submitted in Bristol

Plans have been submitted to Bristol City Council for the first phase of a masterplan that sets out the transformation of Southmead, a community-led regeneration project.

Nash Partnership has put forward the plans on behalf of the Southmead Regeneration Team to redevelop Glencoyne Square as part of the wider Southmead Regeneration Project.

The team is made up of Southmead residents and the community’s charity, Southmead Development Trust.

If approved, the first phase of mixed-use development would comprise 120 one and two-bedroom homes – 106 apartments and 14 duplexes – of which 85 per cent would be for affordable rent, shared ownership and market sale or rent.

It would also include up to 1,650 square metres of space for a purpose-built relocated health centre, a new library and space for other uses such as office, laundrette or activity space and two live/work units.

The proposed development is the first built phase of a wider, groundbreaking masterplan prepared by Southmead Regeneration Team and Nash Partnership in consultation with the wider local community.


Go ahead for Loughborough Junction development

Lambeth Council has granted planning permission for the redevelopment of the Hero of Switzerland House at Loughborough Junction, near Brixton in London.

Gensler’s plans will see the redevelopment of the public house, alongside staff accommodation and 35 apartments in a 13-storey building – seven of which will be affordable units. The redeveloped pub will keep a number of original features including its original sign and mural.

The building has been designed to be sustainable and will feature photovoltaic panels and a dual heat pump system.

Acting on behalf of UDN Redevelopments Ltd and working alongside Town Quay Developments, Gensler, Portland and ROK undertook “extensive” pre-application engagement with the council, the Greater London Authority, the Campaign for Real Ale, and other key local stakeholders.  

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