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News in brief: Homebuilders join forces on Bridport renewal; Derelict site to be renovated with factory homes

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Wednesday 7 April, 2021

Housebuilders join forces on Bridport development

Regeneration specialist Vistry Partnerships, part of the Vistry Group, and housebuilder Barratt Developments Plc have teamed up to deliver 760 much-needed homes in Bridport, Dorset.

The development, at Vearse Farm, is expected to deliver more than 120 affordable homes, public open space and wildlife and ecological enhancements. Homes will have two, three, four or five bedrooms.

New homes will unlock the delivery of a new primary school, local retail centre, employment land and a care home. The development will also have allotments, cycle routes and footpaths.

Vistry Partnerships and Barratt Developments will be responsible for the delivery of the homes, 245 and 515 homes respectively, plus associated infrastructure.

The partnership has exchanged contracts to acquire and develop the site, and will provide and bring all section 106 obligations as part of the outline planning consent for the land at Vearse Farm.


Derelict site to be transformed with factory homes

Herefordshire County Council has granted planning permission for 120 factory-built affordable homes on College Road. The brownfield site on the Holmer Trading Estate in Hereford has been derelict for six years.

Supported by Homes England, the scheme is being delivered through a £23 million partnership between modular housing company ilke Homes and housing provider Stonewater.

The site was secured by ilke Homes from the land owners and subsequently bought by Stonewater last year.

The development is set to deliver 74 affordable rent and 46 shared ownership homes, comprising one, two, three and four bedrooms. All the homes will be manufactured at ilke Homes’ factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.


Unilever’s HQ approved

Kingston Council has approved plans for Unilever’s global headquarters in the town centre.

Submitted by developer Cube Real Estate, the development will comprise two interlinked office buildings and residential dwellings. Car parking designed for electric vehicles and 450 cycle parking spaces will also feature.

Unilever intends to consolidate its workforce from five existing sites in London and Surrey in the new Kingston upon Thames site by winter 2023/24 – bringing 2,000 jobs to the town.

Phase one of the development will see the demolition of Surrey House, Bo Concept retail store and the Hippodrome, to be replaced by the two interlinked office buildings, one of nine storeys and one 12 storeys high.

Phase two can only begin once the first phase of development is substantially complete. Lever House will be demolished and replaced by 115 one, two and three-bedroom homes, 35 per cent of which will be affordable, in a building of no more than 16 storeys. The site will also include a ground floor café and retail pod.


Application for Ely submitted

Property developer Godwin Developments has submitted proposals for 116 build-to-rent homes and flexible commercial space in Ely, Cambridgeshire. Named Cathedral Green, the scheme will be located on Angel Drove.

Plans include 57 two and three-bedroom houses with private gardens, and 59 one and two-bedroom low-rise apartments including balconies. There will also be 122 resident and guest parking spaces, and landscaped open spaces.

The scheme incorporates a 1,457-square-metre, three-storey commercial building providing flexible working space in the area.


Affordable housing approved in Plaistow

Newham Council has approved seven affordable homes in Plaistow, which will be available through Notting Hill Genesis' shared ownership program. The homes were designed by Jan Kattein Architects.

The scheme will complete the plot around an existing residential building by redeveloping a garage site and improving the street frontage around the buildings.

It features improvements for existing residents, including new refuse storage, cycle parking, landscaping improvements, new seating and incidental play.

The project has advanced to detailed design with tender programmed for later this year.


Apartments approved for Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton City Council has granted planning permission for 100 new apartments to be built in the city. The application was submitted by urban planning consultant Hybrid Planning & Development.

The homes will be built on a brownfield site on the corner of Dudley Road and Bell Place.

The scheme, to be developed by M&E Group, comprises 100 one and two-bedroom apartments, 230 square metres of office space, basement car parking for every apartment, cycle parking, communal rooftop gardens and associated landscaping.


London skyscraper on sale for £1.8bn

A London skyscraper has been listed for sale at £1.8 billion, which would make it the UK’s most expensive office block. The price tag is more than the £1.3 billion paid for the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building in 2017.

The 37-storey 100 Bishopsgate building, which is in the heart of the financial district, was completed in 2019 and is home to the law firm Freshfields, the Royal Bank of Canada and the investment bank Jefferies.
The Canadian asset management firm Brookfield is planning to sell the entire building, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

Putting the building up for sale comes despite a shift towards working from home during the pandemic.


Contractor appointed for Paisley Museum

Councillors at Renfrewshire Council have approved the appointment of the contractor to deliver the £23 million main works programme for Paisley Museum.

Kier Construction Ltd will be the main works contractor for the work on the A-listed building. Final negotiations will now take place with a view to formally appointing Kier next month.

Once complete, work will begin on site in early summer with construction likely to be completed by late 2022. It is hoped that the museum can reopen to the public in 2023. This is a significant milestone in the £42 million redevelopment of the museum.


Councils join forces on regeneration corridor in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council and Sandwell Council will work together to develop a long-term strategy to shape the regeneration of the Smethwick-to-Birmingham corridor.

The regeneration area covers the edge of Birmingham’s city centre at Icknield Port Loop to the Galton Bridge in Smethwick.  

The project will be led by the two councils, which will work with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Homes England, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and the Canal and River Trust.

The councils have appointed Tibbalds Campbell Reith JV to assist on the project. Tibbalds will provide support on the development of the masterplan for the corridor’s Grove Lane area in Sandwell, which could include more than 800 new homes and a new primary school on land near the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital.

The masterplan will adopt Black Country Garden City principles and aim to address the guidance and principles set out within Sandwell Council’s Residential Design Guidance SPD and the West Midlands Design Charter.

Tibbalds was appointed under the Homes England Multidisciplinary Framework.

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