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News in brief: Fund launched to restore coastal landmarks; Plans for Woking development revealed

Words: Laura Edgar
Swanage Pier / iStock-157064985

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 22 May, 2018

Fund launched to restore coastal landmarks

Coastal communities minister Jake Berry has announced a £1 million Coastal Revival Fund, which aims to support the restoration of some of the UK’s most iconic and best-loved coastal architecture.

This includes places like the Pavilion Theatre within the grade II* Winter Gardens building of Blackpool and Swanage’s historic Victorian pier in Dorset, which received money in a previous round.

The fund, now in its third year, will provide grants to at-risk coastal heritage sites to fund repairs and restoration, or support large scale projects to see them through to completion.

The government is inviting bids from local communities, charities and councils to receive up to £50,000 for each project.

Details of how to apply can be found on the UK Government website.


Plans for Woking development revealed

Proposals to regenerate Sheerwater, Woking, have been put forward by Thameswey Developments Ltd on behalf of Woking Borough Council.

The masterplan for the largely deprived area sees the existing number of homes on the 30 hectare site double from 570 to around 1,200. Half of the homes are expected to be affordable, while community facilities, public parkland and gardens feature in the proposals. The homes will be built over five neighbourhoods.

To maximise public space, car movement will be restricted to the perimeter of the site. Instead of multi-car forecourts to the homes, ground-level car parks will be located central to the development, with housing and ‘podium gardens' set above. Schools, shops, a GP surgery, a community centre and a nursery will be within walking distance of the homes.


TfL makes urbanism panel appointment

Walking and cycling charity Sustrans has been appointed to Transport for London’s (TfL) second Architecture Design Urbanism Panel (ADUP).

The Architecture and Urbanism Panel is the Mayor of London and TfL’s re-approved panel of built environment consultants. The panel aims to make it “quicker and easier for organisations like councils and housing associations to commission high quality consultants for certain types of project”.

The appointment follows a detailed and rigorous vetting process.


Partnership announced for Reading rental development

Lochailort, M&G Real Estate and Watkin Jones Plc have signed a development partnership for 315 apartments at Thames Quarter, Reading.

The 1.23 acre site is located near the north side of the railway station and the town centre, with views across Kings Meadow Park and the River Thames.

Planning permission for the development was approved in November last year. It includes a 22-storey landmark tower, which will be Reading’s tallest residential building.

The Build to Rent development also comprises a 24-hour concierge, private dining rooms, lounges, tech-hub, private cinema, and a several rooftop terraces.

CBRE UK Development business advised Lochailort throughout the process.


Wolverhampton offices approved

Plans for a modern office development in the centre of the City of Wolverhampton Interchange have been given the green light.

The development, to be built by property developer Ion, will be located on Railway Drive.

The i9 building is set to provide 50,000 square feet of grade A office space.

The City of Wolverhampton Council and Ion selected Glenn Howells Architects’ design for i9 as the winner from a field of 10 UK architects and urban design practices.


Call for sites in Worcestershire

Councils are asking for information on land that might be suitable for future housing and employment developments in south Worcestershire.

The call forms part of the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP), which is being undertaken by Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council.

The review will take into account the government’s new guidance for setting housing requirements, as well as changes in the population, demands for housing and employment, among other factors, so that the SWDP period can be extended until 2041.

It will build on the current SWDP, which includes policies to enable the development of nearly 300 hectares of employment land and the building of 28,400 new homes between 2006 and 2030.

The call for sites is open until 5pm on 2 July 2018. Full details can be found here

Network Rail chief announced

Network Rail has announced that Andrew Haines OBE has been appointed as its new chief executive after Mark Carne announced that he would retire.

Haines has had a wide-ranging career in the rail industry and transport sector, and joins from the Civil Aviation Authority, where he was chief executive.

Announcing the appointment, Network Rail chair Sir Peter Hendy CBE said: “Andrew will drive delivery of the railway improvements set out in the strategic business plan for 2019/2024, ensuring Network Rail’s continuing focus on safety, performance and cost effectiveness, and thus delivering a better experience for the millions of passengers who travel every day on our railways.”

Haines will join Network Rail later this year.