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News in brief: Hotel approved in Finsbury Park; Affordable housing green-lit in Watford

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Hotel approved in Finsbury Park

Islington Council has approved a new hotel that will be manufactured offsite.

It will be located at 240 Seven Sisters Road, which is near the Emirates Stadium.

Designed by tp bennett, the hotel will be constructed in a factory in Bedford. Work will begin on site to create foundations and a concrete core.

Developer Tide Construction said the hotel would be highly energy efficient owing to the design of its modular technology, as well as tp bennett’s use of building information management software during the design process.

Plans include the creation of new public realm and a ground-floor restaurant; the rooms will comprise a mix of two to four beds.


Freehold site in East Yorkshire brought to market

Property consultancy Carter Jonas has brought a site with planning permission to market in Flamborough, East Yorkshire, on behalf of the private landowner.

The 5.34-acre site has permission for 55 dwellings, and is located on the north western outskirts of the coastal village. It is 15 miles south of Scarborough.  

The site is offered as a whole and offers should be made in writing to Carter Jonas’s Leeds office by Thursday 15 November 2018.


Affordable housing green-lit in Watford

Watford Borough Council has granted planning permission for 79 affordable homes on Sydney Road, West Watford.

Brought forward by Sydney Road Developments, the scheme involves the redevelopment of brownfield land. It comprises 21 social homes, 90 per cent of which will be three and four-bedroom homes; 39 shared ownership homes; and 19 homes for affordable rent.

Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said the scheme aims to help Watford meet its aspiration of increasing the supply of social housing.

“We are committed to delivering social housing to give local people permanent homes that they can afford. At a time when very little social housing is being built elsewhere, we are pleased that this partnership puts us in a position to provide homes for local families.”


South Worcestershire seeks views on plan

A public consultation has been launched on the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP).

Malvern Hill District, Worcester City and Wychavon District councils are jointly producing the plan. They want the public’s views on how to best accommodate housing and employment growth in the area to 2041.

This will include more homes to meet demand, and 169 hectares of employment land to support companies to grow and create new jobs.

The current SWDP was approved by the three councils in 2016 and set out proposals to deliver 28,400 new homes and 300 hectares of employment land by 2030. The government requires plans to be reviewed every five years.

The government’s new standard methodology, introduced in the revised National Planning Policy Framework, means that the councils must deliver an additional 14,000 homes by 2041.

Full details of the plan can be found here.


Peabody acquires TCHG

Town and Country Housing Group (TCHG) has announced plans to merge with Peabody.

The organisations will be working on consents and consultations over the coming months, and plan to make a final decision next year.

Under the proposals, TCHG would become a distinct subsidiary of Peabody, enabling the organisations to build 800 ‘quality’ homes across the South East every year.

This is 500 more homes than TCHG would be able to deliver on its own and would take Peabody's new homes target to 3,300 a year from 2021.

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