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News in brief: Hampshire hotel approved; Iconic York factory to be converted into homes

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 12 December, 2017

Hampshire hotel approved

East Hampshire District Council has approved a new 73-bed hotel and resort, as well as 14 lakeside lodges and a family holiday cottage, in Bordon.

The permission will see the former 24-bed Headley Park Hotel site, closed since 2015, redeveloped.

The site is in a secluded woodland setting near Picketts Hill, just beyond the boundary of the South Downs National Park.

The surrounding woodland is designated as a Site of Importance to Nature Conservation (SINC) and adjoins a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Area (SPA).

Grace Mollar, senior planner at consultancy Planning Potential, which secured the permission on behalf of developers Landcorp London Ltd, said: “Through our planning application, we worked hard to secure an uplift of more than 8,000 square metres of usable floor space, which clearly makes the new development much more attractive and viable.”


Development site sold in South Derbyshire

Development agency Fisher German has sold development land in Melbourne, South Derbyshire, which has planning permission for 34 dwellings, to housebuilder Miller Homes.

The company acted on behalf of the landowners to tender for a strategic land promoter before selecting Investin plc, before gaining planning permission for the site.

Planning permission was initially refused by South Derbyshire District Council, but Fisher German appealed the decision, which was approved.

The development will feature three to five-bedroom family homes, with Miller Homes expected to start work on site in January.


Iconic York factory to be converted into homes

Latimer, part of Clarion Housing Group, has purchased the Cocoa Works building in York, and plans to transform the derelict site into 258 apartments.

Located on Haxby Road, the Cocoa Works building has been empty for about a decade after Nestlé relocated to alternative premises.

The scheme is expected to comprise one, two and three-bedroom homes, a concierge, and a variety of community facilities.

The site comes with planning permission.


Yorkshire battery storage approved

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning committee has approved the construction of a 49.5 megawatt battery storage facility.

Harmony Energy Storage Ltd is the developer, while Cater Jonas’ infrastructure and energy team advised on the application.

The new facility, which will comprise 17 battery units, will be built on a two-acre site on land adjacent to Creyke Beck substation, Cottingham, near Hull.


Search on for design ideas for Old Street

Islington Council has launched an open call for design ideas to create an “iconic gateway” for Old Street, as Transport for London (TfL) announced work will start to transform the area late next year.

The 1960s roundabout is set to undergo major work as part of plans by the Mayor of London and TfL, in partnership with Islington and Hackney Councils.

It will see the roundabout removed and replaced with a safer layout, while segregated cycle lanes and traffic signals, and the reintroduction of two-way traffic in line with the Mayor's Healthy Streets Approach, will be built. A public consultation supported initial plans.

Islington Council is looking for innovative design ideas for the public space that encompass public art and embrace the spirit of ‘Tech City’ – the technological, economic and cultural powerhouse around Old Street. Design ideas are being sought from different disciplines including architecture, urban planning, transport, art, smart cities and technology.

More information about the open call can be found on Islington Council’s website. 


Cash boost for Welborne Garden Village

Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has announced that Welborne Garden Village will received £275,000 from the government.

Fareham Borough Council said it would use the money to bring forward the new 6,000 homes community planned for north of the M27 at Fareham.

It will go towards funding staff and studies that are “vital” to the delivery of the garden village.

Welborne is one of 14 garden villages announced by the government in January 2017.


Wolverhampton Interchange gets £50m

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has signed off £50 million of support for the Wolverhampton Interchange project.

Led by a consortium of partners including the City of Wolverhampton Council, the interchange will create a new railway station connected to an extended tram network, via a stop outside this new station.

It is expected to enable the delivery of 30,000 square metres of office, retail and leisure space, as well as £80 million of private sector funding and the creation of 1,300 jobs.

City of Wolverhampton Council leader Roger Lawrence said: “This key funding contribution means everything is now in place for the Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership to push ahead with the development of the city’s new railway station.

"It has major significance by better connecting Wolverhampton to the UK's high-speed rail (HS2) network, in turn helping create jobs, opportunities and growth in the city.”

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