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News in brief: Firm to conduct feasibility study for Peterborough masterplan; Winery building approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 20 October, 2020

Firm to conduct feasibility study for Peterborough masterplan

Consultancy firm WSP has been appointed to lead the feasibility study for the masterplan of Peterborough's Embankment.

Plans for the 90-acre area include a new university campus, a proposed new stadium for Peterborough United Football Club, retention of assets such as the lido, Key Theatre and open green spaces for leisure and recreational use.  

The development seeks to open up the city’s river frontage to make it a destination in its own right. A pedestrian bridge would be installed to Fletton Quays, subject to funding.

Peter Hiller, cabinet member for strategic planning, commercial strategy and investment at Peterborough City Council, said: “While our Embankment is a wonderful place in our city centre, so much of it is currently underutilised, particularly in the dark autumn and winter months, when the grass is wet and muddy and few people venture far as it’s poorly lit.  

“Likewise, while many other cities showcase their river frontage, ours has always been a bit hidden and tucked away. What we want to do is retain the huge expanse of green space around the river and encourage more people to visit and make use of it, not just in the summer months, but all year round.”  

WSP said the masterplan would demonstrate how the university campus for up to 12,500 students by 2030, a potential new multipurpose stadium with a capacity of 19,500 supporters and plans to host up to 200 events a year, could function.  

Funding for the feasibility study has come from Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Peterborough United Property. It is hoped it will help to secure investment from the government’s Towns Fund.  


Winery building approved

Hampshire County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority have granted planning approval for a 2,000-square metre winery building at Grange Estate Wines near Winchester.

The permission was secured with the help of Pro Vision.

Located on the edge of the South Downs National Park, the building will have dedicated areas for winemaking, ageing, labelling and packaging, as well as an office, tasting room and space for marketing/corporate events. Solar panels will also be installed.


Doncaster rental homes to go ahead

Doncaster Council has granted planning permission for a build-to-rent scheme comprising 60 houses in the city.

The plans, submitted by Godwin Developments, working with Teakwood Partners Ltd, are set to transform a 3.5-acre site on Watch House Lane in Bentley. The brownfield site has been vacant for around 10 years.

The homes will be a mix of two and three-bedroom family homes. Plans include open play space and a range of local amenities, such as an infant and junior school, and supermarket as well as food and beverage offerings.


ilke Homes to regenerate Nottingham site

Nottinghamshire County Council has chosen ilke Homes to develop up to 140 homes on a site in Arnold, subject to a grant of planning permission.

The deal was struck following a competitive tender process. It involves the redevelopment of a nine-acre site in Rolleston Drive. The former depot was derelict for six years before being destroyed by fire in 2017.

The homes will be manufactured at ilke Homes’ factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, before being delivered to Rolleston Drive.

Innes England advised Nottinghamshire County Council acting as its agent.


London housing association to review safety of development

Notting Hill Genesis has announced a “comprehensive safety review” across a six-block residential development in London after receiving advice that the construction of the buildings may be putting residents at risk.   

All residents living in Paragon – around 1,000 people – will be asked to leave immediately to protect their health and safety while more investigative work is undertaken.  

Paragon, a development of six blocks comprising 1,059 homes, is in Brentford, Hounslow. It was developed by Berkeley First, part of The Berkeley Group plc. The estate was owned initially by the former Presentation Housing Association, which became part of Notting Hill Housing – now Notting Hill Genesis – in 2009.

Notting Hill Genesis said that it would ensure that all residents living in the Paragon Estate were able to access safe alternative accommodation this week. It will also work with residents to find a longer-term solution to their housing needs where necessary.

It is expected that the investigations will establish the full extent of the structural and fire safety issues that have been uncovered at the development and identify next steps.


Application submitted for Ellesmere development

Shropshire Council’s housing firm Cornovii Developments Limited has submitted planning permission for a new development in Ellesmere.

The proposed development – Ellesmere Wharf – comprises 23 two, three and four-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes, as well as one and two-bedroom bungalows.

Eight homes on the development will be affordable housing for purchase or rent for first-time buyers.

Subject to planning approval, site construction is expected to start in summer 2021.


National Lottery funding to support revamp of town hall

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has approved an £8.3 million grant to redevelop grade-I listed Rochdale Town Hall.

The restoration of the town hall is part of the continuing £400 million regeneration of Rochdale town centre.

The funding will support ambitious plans, led by the council and Rochdale Development Agency (RDA), to restore the building’s historic features.

Parts of the 149-year-old structure set to be restored include the Magna Carta mural and ornate ceiling panels in the Great Hall, as well as the building’s historic rooms.

The project will bring neglected parts of the building into public use for the first time in many years, including with a ‘Bright Hall’ being created in the old library. Access will be improved, including installation of new lifts and terracing to make it easier for people to get in and around the building.

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