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News in brief: Housebuilder secures land for 1,250 homes; Judicial review to take place this week on carbon emissions

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 13 April, 2021

Housebuilder secures land for 1,250 homes

A housebuilder has secured land for around 1,250 new homes across two different locations in Cheshire.  

Redrow’s North West division acquisitions are a 63.5-acre site in Congleton for homes, a primary school and local shops and a series of land deals that secure 120 acres for around 800 new homes at Daresbury Garden Village, near Warrington.

The Congleton site has outline planning consent from Cheshire East Council for up to 500 new homes, including 79 affordable homes. Redrow said it is preparing a reserved matters application for 452 homes, including one and two-bedroom apartments and two, three, four and five-bedroom houses.

The housebuilder’s acquisition of former farmland off Delph Lane, Daresbury, alongside the Bridgewater Canal, comes after a year of work, it explained. The site first gained outline consent for up to 850 new homes from Halton Borough Council in 2018.

Under the detailed consents Daresbury Garden Village will be developed in three parcels:

  • North – 330 two, three and four-bedroom homes.
  • Central – 200 three and four-bedroom family homes.
  • South – 260 larger three and four-bedroom detached homes.

Work is due to begin on the south parcel this month, while work on the north area will follow around six months later. The whole development is expected to take approximately 11 years to complete. A total of £8.5 million of community payments will be paid by Redrow to Halton Council.


Judicial review to take place this week on carbon emissions

The High Court will preside over a judicial review on the volume of carbon emissions permitted and the exclusion of waste incinerators from the UK’s new emissions trading scheme.

It will take place on Wednesday 14 April and Thursday 15 April 2021 remotely.

Georgia Elliott-Smith, a waste industry expert and environmental consultant, is challenging the UK, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments over their joint decision to omit municipal waste incinerators from the scheme that has replaced the EU emissions trading scheme since January 2021.

A press release from her solicitors, Leigh Day, says the emissions from incinerators are equivalent to approximately 5.4 per cent of the entire volume of greenhouse gas emissions covered by the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS).

Elliott-Smith argues that the cap on the volume of emissions permitted under the emissions trading scheme is too high and was chosen for the improper purpose of ensuring that the UK’s exit from the EU would be smoother. She maintains that the government did not consider the short and medium-term aspects of the Paris agreement.

The Paris agreement requires substantial immediate emission reductions, not just net-zero by 2050.

Leigh Day solicitor Rowan Smith commented: “Our client’s legal case is extremely timely, given all eyes are on the UK government to set an ambitious example at the COP26 climate change conference scheduled for the end of this year. Her arguments are clear: a scheme set up without proper consideration of either the need to apply downward pressure on emissions, or the nearer-term aspirations of the Paris agreement, is unlawful and should be redesigned.”

As well as Leigh Day, Elliott-Smith is represented by David Wolfe QC at Matrix chambers and Ben Mitchell at 11KBW chambers.


Developer selected for extra care site in Wigan

Vistry Partnerships has been selected by Wigan Council to oversee the construction of its Wharfdale Extra Care facility in Leigh.

The £7.5 million contract will see Vistry Partnership work with Wigan Council to build 56 extra care apartments. Each of the specialist properties will be affordable and available for rent through the council.

The one and two-bedroom apartments will be delivered across a three-storey L-shaped complex. The development will also include a communal lounge, assisted bathroom, quiet room and landscaped garden areas accessible to residents.

Wigan Council is funding the scheme with support from Homes England and the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).


Deal secures affordable housing in Greater Manchester

Trafford Housing Trust has purchased 74 affordable homes at Heath Farm Lane LLP's flagship regeneration project in Partington.

The joint venture seeks to help local people get on the property ladder. The homes will be available for shared ownership and rent-to-buy through Trafford Housing Trust and its Laurus Homes brand.

The development at a former National Grid facility off Heath Farm Lane, Partington was approved by Trafford Council in 2019. After this, Heath Farm Lane LLP was established by Vistry Partnerships and Trafford Housing Trust to oversee the construction of 148 two, three and four-bedroom homes.

Outline consent has also been granted for another 452 homes and apartments at the site.

Work is already under way on the site, with the first homes expected to be completed this summer.


North West London scheme approved

The London Borough of Brent Council has granted planning permission for all four phases of developer Countryside’s plans for Peel in Kilburn. A detailed planning application was submitted by CGL Architects.

Countryside will lease the second and third phase to housing association Home Group at the end of this month.

The development will deliver 308 new homes to the London Borough of Brent, increasing the affordable housing offering on site to 40 per cent, up from 18 per cent.  

Plans also include a health centre, gym, a new public plaza and retail and commercial spaces. The site will connect to the council’s proposed district energy network, providing heating and hot water for all residents.


Avison Young to market Lincolnshire development site

Avison Young has been appointed to market a 550-acre development site near Scunthorpe town centre.

The site forms part of the wider Lincolnshire Lakes project, which comprises up to 6,000 new homes,a commercial park and associated uses.

Avison Young is marketing the opportunity to housing providers that can deliver “quality new homes at scale and at pace”.

The site is one of the largest UK residential development opportunities on the market. It has the potential to contribute to reshaping Scunthorpe and the surrounding area.

Previous plans for the site include delivering sustainable village communities along the western edge of Scunthorpe and the nearby River Trent, which could be replicated by the site’s purchaser.

Avison Young has been appointed as sole agent on behalf of LPA Receivers A D Foster & N Pask. Offers are invited for the freehold of the whole site. Smaller lot offers will be considered.

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