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News in Brief: Government gives £360m trains go-ahead; Havering Council agrees Romford regeneration plan

Words: Laura Edgar
Paddington rail station

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 4 August, 2015

Government gives £360m trains green light

The government has given the go-ahead for a new £360 million ‘state-of-the-art’ train fleet to run between London Paddington and Cornwall. The deal, the government said, allows First Great Western to buy 29 long-distance trains to serve the South-West from 2018. The trains will have up to 24 per cent more seats than those used today. Hitachi will manufacture the fleet, which has been privately funded.

Kennedy announces £181,000 road improvement scheme in Belfast

Regional development minister Danny Kennedy has announced the start of a £181,000 resurfacing scheme on Glenmachan Street in Belfast. Kennedy said: “The scheme, which is being undertaken to improve the footway and carriageway surfaces on Glenmachan Street, is due to commence on 8 August 2015.”

Havering Council agrees Romford regeneration plan

Havering Council has agreed a plan for the future of Romford town centre, ahead of the opening of the new Crossrail line in 2018. Tibbalds, BBO Regeneration and CampbellReith have developed the proposal. According to Tibbalds, the framework is a “strategic vision and practical delivery plan that sets out a course for town centre improvements over the next 20 years”. It should maximise the opportunities brought forward by Crossrail.

Over 300 homes granted permission in Test Valley

Commercial Estates Group has been granted planning permission for 320 homes in Rownhams, Test Valley, following a public inquiry. A planning application for the development was initially submitted in the spring of 2014. Test Valley Borough Council refused the development. A recent public inquiry saw the development get the green light. Nexus Planning helped Commercial Estates Group to secure planning permission.

Plans under way for 170 homes for rent in Manchester

One Manchester* has proposed its first new building scheme – 170 homes for the rental market in Hulme, one of Manchester nearest residential suburbs. If the plans are approved the project, says One Manchester, will deliver a mixture of two-bed apartments and three-bed townhouses built across two sites. One Manchester says that all the revenue generated from the development will be reinvested back into the community. Before submission to the Manchester City Council, the plans are on display for local residents to view at a public exhibition.

* One Manchester is a community development and place-making organisation

Salterns Marina to get £100m facelift

Salterns Marina, Poole, is set for a facelift worth £100 million that will include a hotel, apartments and rooftop restaurant. Richard Carr, a property specialist, is acting on behalf of Salterns Marina Ltd. The new hotel will replace the one currently on site, while the Berthing and Marina facilities, says Carr, will be “reconfigured to give Poole a world-class marina”.