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News in Brief: Hereford business district, Grade II listed sculpture

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 17 February, 2015

Business district scheme backed

Traders have backed a levy scheme aimed at generating £1.5 million improvements in Hereford. Some 172 out 224 firms voted in favour, and the Hereford Business Improvement District plan begins in April. Companies will pay a 1.2 per cent levy on the rateable value of each premises annually. The money raised will fund improvement projects for city signage and parking access.

Playground sculpture is Grade II listed

A fish-shaped, 1960s playground sculpture in Curtis Gardens, Birmingham, has been Grade II listed by the government. It is thought to be the last surviving work of John Bridgeman in situ. The sculpture was one of several commissioned for post-war public housing estates in the city.

Wigan housing plans

Persimmon Homes has submitted an outline proposal to Wigan Council for a development on 7.3 hectares of land on Pocket Nook Lane, Lowton. The application follows the approval of the core strategy, which decreed that up to 1,000 homes must be built in the area. Planning applications have also been submitted by Seddon Homes for Sandy Land and for 450 homes at Rothwell’s Farm.

1,000-home urban extension

Welbeck Strategic Development (WDS) has submitted an outline planning application for a 1,000 home urban extension on the outskirts of Uckfield, East Sussex. Land surrounding Ridgewood Farm was identified in Wealden District Council’s adopted core strategy as capable of accommodating up to 1,000 homes as well as 12,650 square metres of employment space. In February 2014, WDS consulted on its initial proposals and the latest submissions show an updated masterplan. The proposals also include converting an existing farmhouse and brick buildings into a local convenience shop, health facilities and a meeting space for the community.

St Quentin Gate closed overnight

Telford’s St Quentin Gate will be closed overnight between 7pm and 6am for three weeks as the final part of an £11.8 million regeneration scheme. Work includes road resurfacing. The Box Road Regeneration Project aims to improve access to the shopping centre and improve cyclist and pedestrian safety, says the council.

Image courtesy of R Wendland