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27/10/2015

News in brief: Housing schemes approved in Workington and Hampshire

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 27 October, 2015

290 homes approved in Workington

Outline planning permission has be granted by Allerdale Borough Council for 290 homes in Workington. The 10.94-hectare plot will be developed by Allerdale Investment Partnership (AIP) and will include affordable homes for first-time buyers, key workers and the elderly. AIP will make a financial contribution towards the delivery of additional primary and secondary places and minor highways improvement works. AIP is a joint venture between the borough council and Lucent Strategic Land Fund. The outline scheme, with all matters except access to be determined via reserved matters, was designed by Turley’s urban design team. The planning consultancy also coordinated the public engagement for the application. Nick Thompson, planning manager for the Lucent Group, said: “This is the Allerdale Investment Partnership’s first permission for residential development and it demonstrates our continued commitment to work with Allerdale Borough Council to bring forward the development of surplus land in the council's ownership." Greg Dickson, associate director at Turley, added: “This site is identified for residential development in the council's local plan, is sustainably located and well positioned to help meet Workington's housing requirement. The development will deliver a number of benefits, including high quality design, job creation and a significant investment in local infrastructure.”

Permission granted for three housing schemes

Planning permission has been granted for 32 homes in Broughton, Hampshire, 81 homes in Waltham Chase, Hampshire and 30 homes in Ombersley, Worcestershire. Planning permission was secured by WYG’s Southampton planning team. A local plan policy for Broughton required that the application be community-led, with the parish council working with local land owners and the community to find a suitable site. The chosen development will be built by Linden Homes. The Waltham Chase development was the result of discussion between WYG, the parish council and Winchester City Council over five years. In Ombersley, WYG worked for The Ombersley Conservation Trust, a charity whose purpose is to conserve Ombersley village. The sale of the site with planning permission will provide funds for the trust to continue its works.

Plans revealed for new residential development in Manchester

Plans to create new park-side residential developments in Manchester were revealed at MIPIM UK, a property trade show. The four residential developments are located in the NOMA neighbourhood, a mixed-use development scheme that has been identified by Manchester Place as one of the major residential growth areas for the city. The four plots, which fringe Angel Meadows Park, total 2.37 acres and an indicative plan shows the potential for 500 homes. Deborah McLaughlin, chief executive at Manchester Place, said: “Angel Meadow offers an exceptional opportunity to deliver a range of high quality homes in a key city centre location, five minutes walk from Victoria Station. The city continues to grow with the population expected to reach 600,000 and we must push the pace of residential development to keep pace with this economic and jobs growth.”

• Manchester Place is a partnership between local and national government formed to identify priority areas for housing and it works with landowners, developers and investors to take schemes forward.

Green energy park planned for former nuclear plant site

Plans have been unveiled to build an experimental green energy park at a former Scottish nuclear plant in Dumfries and Galloway. Scotia Global Energy said the hybrid power station intended to radically reduce carbon dioxide emissions and could create more than 500 jobs. It would be built on a 90-hectare site near Annan. The company has put forward its plans for the facility to the Scottish Government and Dumfries and Galloway Council. The development would also include a 10,000 square foot administration building, public exhibition space, office space, laboratory space for energy research and a zone for community energy projects.

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