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News in Brief: Government reponse to court and tribunal fees consultation; Edinburgh Marina development gets permission

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 5 January, 2016

Government reponse to court and tribunal fees consultation

The government has published its response to the consultation on proposals to increase court and tribunal fees. This lays out what it now intends to do, including:

  • Implement 10 per cent fee increases across the range of civil proceedings, including enforcement proceedings;

  • Introduce fees for the first time in the General Regulatory Chamber and the Tax Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal and in the Upper Tribunal Tax and Chancery Chamber; and

  • Introduce fees of £100 to issue proceedings in the Property Chamber and £200 for a hearing. There will be an exception for proceedings relating to rent levels and pitch fee applications, where a lower fee of £20 will apply.

Full details of the government response can be found here (pdf).

Folkestone development granted permission

Shepway District Council has granted Taylor Wimpey planning permission to redevelop the 77-acre Shorncliffe Garrison site near Folkestone, Kent. The approved plan includes up to 1,200 homes, 18 per cent of which will be affordable; a new two-form school and nursery; a community hub that could include a doctor’s surgery; a facility for army cadets and the potential reuse of listed buildings. Tibbaulds Planning and Urban Design, working as part of the wider consultant team, created the masterplan for the site. Hilary Satchwell, director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, said: “Although this masterplan is primarily a response to the site’s character and the need to bring forward a new community in a sustainable way, it is also about creating a flexible structure that allows Taylor Wimpey to react to evolving market conditions while still giving the local community certainty about the scale and quality of development that will be brought forward here.”

Edinburgh Marina development granted permission

The City of Edinburgh Council planning committee has granted planning consent for the revised masterplan for Edinburgh Marina. The 300-berth marina, residential, retails and spa hotel development will be the focal point of Granton Harbour’s regeneration. The development is expected to deliver homes for more than 4,000 residents as well as local employment opportunities for up to 800 people. In addition, the revised scheme also makes provision for the proposed new transport facilities in the area, including the extension of the tram service.

Busy year ahead for wind industry, says RenewableUK

RenewableUK is predicting a busy year of construction activity in onshore and offshore wind in 2016. However, the renewable energy trade association has said that beyond this year, onshore construction work faces a severe threat of curtailment as the government has withdrawn financial support for future projects. Onshore wind developers are set to install at least 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity in 2016, with more than 50 projects going full operational – enough to power more than 660,000 homes. Construction activity is currently under way on six offshore wind projects that have a combined capacity of more than 2.6 GW. Work will start on a further five offshore wind projects this year. RenewableUK says the onshore wind projects going live in 2016 will generate more than £913 million of investment in the UK economy in the development and construction phases.

Tech hub green-lit in East London

Plans to convert an East London flour mill not used since the 1980s into a new centre for business and enterprise has been given the go-ahead by the Mayor of London’s office. The development, to be built on a 62-acre site at Siltertown Quays in the Royal Docks, is expected to deliver 20,000 new jobs in East London, and will include 3,000 new homes. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “By breathing new life into this wonderful old flour mill we can rejuvenate this area of East London and contribute some serious dough to the capital’s economy. Silvertown Quays will provide thousands of new jobs and thousands of much-needed new homes and facilities for local people as we return the area to its former glory.”

WWII shelter to be brought back to life in London

Transport for London has secured planning permission and listed building consent from Lambeth Council to turn a Grade II Second World War shelter into a restaurant or café with exhibition space. The park-side rotunda is near Clapham South Tube Station. Indigo Planning advised on the application.

Permission secured for Wellington urban extension

Outline planning permission has been secured for 650 new homes on the edge of Wellington, Somerset. The site, which includes a 25 per cent provision of affordable housing, is part of a mixed-use urban extension. Planning consultancy WYG secured the permission on behalf of developer C G Fry and Son Limited. The development will also include a new primary school, a central square with community and shopping uses, and a large community woodland and allotments.