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News in brief: Housing application submitted for site in Durham; Airfield to be redeveloped with 154 homes

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 15 December, 2020

Housing application submitted for site in Durham

An outline planning application for up to 440 homes has been submitted to Durham County Council.

Banks Property's application is for 17.25 hectares of land to the south of the A181 Sherburn Road, between Gilesgate and the A1, which has been allocated for residential development in the County Durham Plan.

The development would see improvements made to the local road network and provision of 3.5 hectares of public open space.

Plans also include a network of footpaths and cycleways that will link to nearby facilities.


Airfield to be redeveloped with 154 homes

Stratford-on-Avon District Council has granted planning permission for 154 new homes at Long Marston Airfield.

Pegasus Group achieved the reserved matters approval on behalf of Bovis Homes – part of Vistry Group –  for the residential development at Lower Quinton, Stratford, which was made under delegated powers.

The development at Lower Quinton is part of the wider Long Marston Garden Village, which is set to deliver 3,500 new homes, three new schools, a local centre, employment land and 70 hectares of public open space.

The 154 homes will be in a range of styles and sizes, and 30 have been designated as affordable.

Pegasus Group’s Cirencester urban design and landscaping teams assisted CALA Homes in securing approval for the original 400-unit phase one scheme in March 2019, before Vistry Group’s acquisition of the site.


Homes approved for Tulse Hill

The London Borough of Lambeth Council has granted planning permission for 45 affordable homes in Tulse Hill.

Henley Construct, a division of Henley Homes Group, will deliver the apartments for housing association Optivo.

The 0.36-acre site lies on the corner of Norwood Road and Thurlow Park Road. Two houses and a commercial unit for a car wash business will be demolished.

The four, five, six and seven-storey development will comprise one, two and three-bedroom homes. Landscaping, amenity areas, disabled parking, cycle parking and refuse and recycling stores will be provided. The development will consist of 45 affordable homes provided within two adjoining blocks.

The scheme was designed by Tigg Coll Architects, and Henley Construct will deliver it using modern methods of construction.


400 canal-side homes to be delivered in London

A scheme consisting of 400 homes at Clayton Road, close to Hayes town centre, has been approved by the London Borough of Hillingdon Council.

The plans, by A2Dominion and Assael Architecture, respond to the council‘s aspirations to open the Grand Union Canal up to the public.

A brownfield site next to the canal will be redeveloped as part of a wider masterplan that includes the neighbouring Crown Trading Estate site.

The development includes a variety of new homes with a range of tenures, including affordable family homes comprising four-bedroom townhouses, and three-bedroom duplexes and apartments.

The scheme also includes a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments for sale, electric car parking spaces, biodiverse green roofs, photovoltaic panels and 1,300 square metres of commercial space.

The site is close to the new Crossrail train station.


100 homes green-lit in Alperton

Residential and commercial property developer Woolbro Group has been granted planning permission for 100 homes – 50 per cent of which will be affordable – in Alperton.

Granted by the London Borough of Brent, the development also features 12,000 square feet of commercial space.

The scheme is located alongside the Grand Union Canal on Beresford Avenue and consists of two stepped buildings. It will feature a mix of one, two and three-bed apartments.

Located in the Alperton Growth Area, the scheme is part of meeting the borough’s ambitious housing targets by 2026.

It was designed by HWO Architects, in partnership with Evolution Estate Developments.

Work is due to start on site in summer 2021.


Council submits application for first solar farm

City of Wolverhampton Council has submitted a planning application for its first solar farm, which would power New Cross Hospital.

The city council has partnered with The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust to deliver the solar farm at the former Bowman’s Harbour site, an unused landfill site adjacent to an industrial estate on Planetary Road.

By supplying 6.9 megawatt peak, the solar farm would help the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust to meet its target to reduce its carbon output.


Khan announces partner to deliver more than 900 homes

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has selected Catalyst Housing Limited as his development partner for the redevelopment of the St Ann’s Hospital site in Tottenham.

Catalyst plans to build 934 homes, with 50 of these affordable homes set aside for community-led housing. A search for the community organisation to take on these homes will be launched early in the new year.

The remaining affordable homes will be 60 per cent London Affordable Rent, 20 per cent London Shared Ownership and 20 per cent London Living Rent.

Haringey Council will be given the opportunity to purchase half of the homes at London Affordable Rent.

The mayor said there would be key worker housing for NHS staff, and the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust would be able to make use of 22 London Living Rent homes for 10 years to ensure that staff can be housed locally.

The homes will range from family town houses to apartment blocks and will be designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects and 6a architects.

The scheme includes 10,000 square metres of new and existing tree cover and the existing Peace Garden is being tripled in size, while St Ann’s Victorian water tower will be preserved.


Dover to consult on local plan

Dover District Council has announced that it will consult with residents, community groups, local businesses and key stakeholders early in the new year on the first draft of its new local plan.  

The eight-week public consultation will start on 20 January 2021.

As Covid-19 restrictions are likely to be in place, local residents can have their say via a dedicated local plan website and virtual exhibition.

Responses to the consultation will be published and considered by councillors before a further period of consultation on the revised version of the local plan in the autumn.

The council expects the final version of the plan to be submitted for independent review by the Planning Inspectorate in 2022.

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