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News in brief: Highlands affordable housing fund; 170 homes approved in East London

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 27 June, 2017

Highlands affordable housing fund

Scottish housing minister Kevin Stewart has announced a £10 million fund to build affordable homes across the Highlands.

The Highland Infrastructure Fund is a partnership between the Scottish Government and the Highland Council. It aims to support and accelerate the delivery of affordable housing across the region.

It forms part of the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal, which also includes plans to improve transport networks and digital connectivity.

The government will provide £9 million to the pot, while the council will contribute £1 million.

Using the fund, the council should be able to provide support in the form of either an infrastructure grant or loan to facilitate housing sites to moved forward to construction.


170 homes approved in East London

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has approved a neighbourhood renewable scheme comprising 170 homes.

The site, known as Beacontree Heath, is in Dagenham, near the grade II listed Art Deco Dagenham Civic Centre.

The approval, which is subject to section 106 agreements being finalised, also includes a replacement bus terminus and retail space for a local pharmacy.

With support from the Greater London Authority (GLA) for the project, developer Countryside submitted a plan that will comprise 124 privately owned homes (82 apartments and 42 houses) and 46 shared-ownership apartments.


Lancashire residents oppose Tory fracking plan

Two out of three Lancashire residents oppose the Conservative manifesto proposal to allow non-fracking drilling without planning permission, suggests a YouGov survey.

Friends of the Earth commissioned the survey of Lancashire residents.

The Conservative manifesto featured proposals to allow fracking companies with exploration licences to carry out drilling for shale gas under permitted development, meaning planning permission would not be required.

Sixty-six per cent of respondents are opposed to this proposal, with 46 per cent strongly opposed, according to the survey.

Friends of the Earth has called on the government to drop controversial deregulatory fracking and non-fracking drilling proposals, implement an immediate ban on all fracking and invest in renewable energy.


Cornish jail regeneration plans green-lit

Cornwall Council has approved plans that aim to transform the Civil and Naval wings of the grade II listed Bodmin Jail into 63-bedroom hotel with a car park.

The project involves alteration, extension, repair and restoration of the building. The planning and listed building consent submission was led by Montagu Evans, on behalf of developer Mallino Development Ltd.

The remains of the jail’s former hospital wing will be demolished and replaced with a new building containing a ‘Dark Walk’ visitor attraction, which will expand an existing visitor attraction and explain the history of the jail, Bodmin and Cornwall. A second new car park will be provided on land near the jail, to be used by visitors of the ‘Dark Walk’ attraction.


Application submitted for Bristol’s MacArthur’s yard

The Guinness Partnership has submitted an application to the city council to redevelop MacArthur’s Yard on Bristol harbourside.

Plans for the site, which has been vacant for over 20 years, include the development of 147 homes, mixed commercial workspace and a café.

The Guinness Partnership provides homes for affordable rent and sale across England.

Built environment consultancy Nash Partnership provided the planning, urban design and architectural work.

Extensive discussions with key stakeholders and the local community have helped to shape and evolve detailed planning and design work to ensure that the tone of the development complements and enhances the local environment, Nash Partnership said in a statement.

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