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News in brief: Horwich link road green-lit; Monmouthshire County Hall to be redeveloped

Words: Laura Edgar
Horwich Loco Works site / press release

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 3 September, 2019

Horwich link road green-lit

Bolton Council’s planning committee has approved a £12 million link road in Horwich.

The link is part of the £262 million Rivington Chase Regeneration site, which is set to deliver 1,700 homes and was granted planning approval in 2015.

The route will connect Horwich Town centre and Chorley New Road to Middlebrook retail park, Horwich railway station, and the M61 via the new Rivington Chase development.

The road is seen as a critical part of the former Horwich Loco Works regeneration scheme. It will unlock the site, enable better access, and relieve pressure on other roads. The £12 million grant was secured earlier this year from Homes England.

Alongside the link road there will be extensive open spaces for residents of Rivington Space and Horwich, including cycle paths, footpaths and green spaces.


Monmouthshire County Hall to be redeveloped

Torfaen County Borough Council has granted approval for the redevelopment of the former Monmouthshire County Hall site in Cwmbran.

The plans comprise 143 homes, 42 of which have been designated as affordable; associated open space; landscaping; access; and infrastructure works.

The homes will have two, three or four bedrooms.

The site is vacant, and was the subject of two applications rejected since former county hall buildings were demolished in 2013.

Planning consultancy WYG secured the permission on behalf of Kier Living.


Listed Birmingham building to be converted

A listed building in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is going to be redeveloped into apartments.

The Reliance Works, at 41-42 Caroline Street, will be converted into nine apartments and a small commercial unit. Planners at Harris Lamb secured the permission and listed building consent for the site on behalf of developer The Urban Project.

The Urban Project is the new residential arm of CityBlock, a student accommodation provider. This will be The Urban Project’s first venture in Birmingham.

Sam Silcocks at Harris Lamb’s planning team, said: “This is a well-known building and an excellent example of the early historic evolution of buildings within the Jewellery Quarter, which are now considered to be of international significance.

“Planning policy would normally resist a residential scheme in this location. However, through detailed negotiations with [Birmingham City Council], it was agreed that a residential conversion would be appropriate to make the conversion viable and to secure the future of this important site.”


Application submitted for Birmingham surf facility

Plans for a £25 million surf centre have been lodged with North Warwickshire Borough Council.

Submitted by Emerge Surf, the scheme is for a 15-acre site approximately seven miles to the east of Birmingham’s city centre at Coleshill.

Plans include a 5.4-acre surf lagoon, powered by Wavegarden’s Cove technology, an outdoor heated swimming pool, a perimeter track for Onewheel self-balancing electric skateboards and a 1,600 square metre hub building.

The park would be named Emerge Surf Birmingham and will also be home to a surf school, surf shop, café and restaurant.


Swansea seeks views on regeneration scheme

Swansea Council has asked residents for their views on a concept plan for the £30 million development now being planned for the former Oceana nightclub at 71-72 The Kingsway.

The development will cater for new and existing digital businesses, bringing them together in an ‘ultra-modern flexible” workspace environment.

The scheme – originally known as the Digital Village – will stand six storeys, with a further two floors below ground level.

Led by Swansea Council, the project is part of the wider regeneration of The Kingsway. It also forms part of the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District, for which the Swansea Bay City Deal will contribute £13.7 million.


Villiers appoints NPA and AONB boards

Environment secretary Theresa Villiers has made appointments to the National Park Authorities (NPA) and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) conservation boards.

Appointments and reappointments have been made to a number of the national parks, including the Lake District and Exmoor.

Several appointments have been made to the Chilterns AONB conservation board too.

More information about who has been appointment can be found on the UK Government website.