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News in brief: Homes England buys first phase of community development; Fylde development rescued

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 27 April, 2021

Homes England buys first phase of community development

Ptarmigan Land has announced that Homes England has purchased the first phase of a new residential development in Attleborough, Norfolk.

To be located between London Road and Buckenham Road, the “landscape-led community” is set to feature 4,000 homes, including hundreds of affordable homes for local people.

Overall, the development will comprise three new neighbourhoods, with parks, wetland and woodland habitats, natural play areas, allotments, and sports pitches.

There are also plans to establish new bus, pedestrian, and cycling routes into the town centre.

Breckland Council’s local plan identifies Attleborough as being a suitable location for substantial housing and employment growth. Ptarmigan Land’s plans were approved after a programme of consultation.


Fylde development rescued

Elan Homes has acquired a stalled housing development in the Fylde coast village of Wrea Green. The part-built site lies to the west of Bryning Lane.

Work on the scheme ceased when the previous developers, Hollinwood Homes, went into administration in October 2019.

Elan expects to restart construction imminently, and the homes are due to be released for sale in the summer.


Council homes approved

Dacorum Borough Council has received full planning approval to build new homes in Paradise Fields, Hemel Hempstead.

Mountbatten View will include 58 new apartments (25 one-bedroom and 33 two-bedroom apartments) across three buildings overlooking Paradise Fields, just off St Albans Road near the town centre.

All apartments will have private balconies, underfloor heating, “high levels” of thermal insulation and heating is provided by way of communal air source heat pumps. Wheelchair-accessible homes will be provided.

The development includes a formal central garden, play area for families, secure cycle stores and parking courtyards planted with trees. There will also be electric vehicle-charging capacity.

All the homes will be available for social rent to those on the council’s housing register.

The council is seeking tenders from contractors and plans to be starting work on site in early 2022. More information can be found on the council website. 


Plans on show for Nottingham city centre site

Images of a development near to the former Broadmarsh shopping centre in Nottingham have gone on show.

Called New Albion Place, the development comprises 37,167m square metres of grade A office space. It is a joint venture between Peveril Securities and Sladen Estates – the team that delivered the new HMRC headquarters in Nottingham.

This new scheme would be built by Derbyshire-based Bowmer + Kirkland and delivered on two acres of land flanked by Canal Street, Collin Street and Greyfriar Gate. It is anticipated that the office space will create up to 5,000 new jobs.

The developers are aiming to submit a detailed planning application in the autumn.


Norwich site with planning permission sold

Cambridge-based property group Endurance Estates has sold the remaining phase of 75 acres of land at Birch Gate, South Wymondham, to Taylor Wimpey and Vistry.

The site has planning permission for 505 new homes and other amenities.

Endurance Estates Endurance Estates acted as promoter on behalf of a consortium of landowners.

For this last phase of the urban extension to Wymondham, Taylor Wimpey will deliver 253 homes and Vistry 252. Of the homes, 15 per cent have been designated as affordable. A primary school features in the plans, as does a woodland area.

The developers’ reserved matters application has been submitted to South Norfolk District Council.


Applications open for Public Practice autumn cohort

Recruitment for Public Practice’s autumn 2021 cohort has begun.

For the first time, local authorities within London and subregional partnerships will be able to secure match funding through Public Practice for placements that help deliver the London Recovery Board’s economic recovery missions.

These are high streets for all, a green new deal, digital access for all, and good work for Londoners.

More information can be found on the Public Practice website.


Land sold to Lidl

A 2.11-acre site in South Bedfordshire has been sold to Lidl for the development of a 24,500-square-foot store.

The Houghton Regis Management Company, the consortium bringing forward the 650-acre Linmere urban extension, completed the sale of the site for £3.345 million.

The Lidl store will be built over the next six months within the second phase of the Linmere development. It will be located close to ‘The Farmstead’, a visitor centre and café scheduled to be opened at the end of 2021 that will serve as a community hub.


Network Rail seeks private investment for telecoms infrastructure

Network Rail has announced that it is seeking private sector investment in its trackside fibre optic cable network to enable performance, safety and connectivity benefits for passengers.

It is thought that the deal would save the taxpayer up to £1 billion in costs. The deal also aims to support the government’s objectives to improve connectivity across Britain, including in rural areas.

Over 16,000km of data cables next to the railway – which would carry information essential to running the railway such as signalling for trains, trackside sensors, CCTV, and internet for trains, railway depots and offices – are due to be upgraded.

Network Rail will not require the full capacity of new cutting-edge fibre optics, therefore there will be "sufficient capacity" for a third party to run its own telecoms services.

Interested parties are asked to contact Lazard – Network Rail’s adviser on the deal – at [email protected]


116 residential homes at Rivington Chase

Bolton Council has granted planning permission for an affordable housing development at Rivington Chase.

The development of 116 affordable homes will be built on a 187-acre brownfield site on the former Horwich Loco Works and will consist of a combination of family houses and apartments. It will also feature open space and two pocket parks.

The site will be developed by Lane End Group for two social housing providers.  

It forms a part of the £262 million Rivington Chase regeneration scheme, which was granted outline permission in 2015 for 1,700 homes and associated retail and leisure space on the former industrial site.

The wider Loco Works development is being developed by Bluemantle alongside Bolton Council, Homes England, HKR, and Network Rail.


'Smart homes' approved in Sunderland

Sunderland City Council has granted planning permission for a development comprising "sustainable smart homes".

The homes will be built at the Vaux site, which is part of the Riverside Sunderland masterplan. Overall, four neighbourhoods will be delivered.

The Vaux neighbourhood comprises The Beam, City Hall, an eye hospital and housing phases one and two, which includes site for Sunderland’s Future Living Expo – an event that will showcase this new carbon neutral neighbourhood in 2023. An office space being developed by Landid and Legal & General, is also part of the development.

igloo Regeneration is managing the development of behalf of the city council.


Research shows planning appeal dismissals at five-year high

Almost 72 per cent of appeals determined during 2020 were dismissed, compared with just over 66 per cent in 2015, according to research by planning analytics platform Appeal Insight.

It finds that in the past five years the overall dismissal rate has risen by 1.7 per cent on average each year.

Appeals involving minor dwellings saw the highest dismissal rate in 2020, with 80.5 per cent dismissed. The biggest change in dismissal rate since 2015 was for large dwellings, increasing from 53.7 per cent to 64.4 per cent.

Appeals involving large retail and services and general industry, storage and warehousing were the only development types to see a reduction in dismissal rates over the five-year period, down from 68.3 per cent to 57.1 per cent and down from 73.7 per cent to 51.0 per cent respectively.

According to the research, of those local planning authorities with 50 or more appeals determined in 2020, the London Borough of Newham saw the highest dismissal rate – at 87.4 per cent.

The research was conducted using Appeal Insight’s Know Your Inspector platform.

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