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News in brief: Khan announces national park city week; Carillion contracts reappointed

Words: Laura Edgar
Potters Fields Park

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 27 February, 2018

Khan announces national park city week

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced the inaugural London National Park City Week, as he looks to make the capital the world’s first National Park City.

The week aims to celebrate the capital’s natural environment and encourage Londoners to make it greener.

Running from 21 to 29 July 2018, National Park City Week will kick off the school summer holidays with a range of activities across the city, including guided walks, talks, food-growing, community clean-ups and improving spaces for wildlife.

Khan has invited community groups, boroughs and other local networks to organise their own events, and for the public to get involved by revitalising a green space or exploring some of the capital’s natural areas.

Working with the National Park City Foundation and other partners, he aims to declare the capital a National Park City in 2019.


Carillion contracts reappointed

Amey Rail has secured a ‘significant’ number of Carillion’s Network Rail contracts, after the firm went into liquidation in January.

The transfer of contracts is for projects in the East Midlands, London and north-west England.

Network Rail said it is likely that around 700 Carillion jobs will be “safeguarded’.

Matthew Steele, commercial director at Network Rail, said: “This is a positive step for the industry, ensuring the delivery of a number of major rail projects across the country whilst safeguarding an expected 700 jobs and the wider supply chain. We look forward to working with Amey to enable a smooth transition and ensure the ongoing safe working on our sites.”

“We do recognise that this has been a very unsettling period for the employees of Carillion and would like to thank them for the continued commitment to the delivery of these projects. We remain focused on the transfer of remaining projects and employees to new arrangements over the coming weeks and months.”

Remaining contracts continue to be delivered under an arrangement with PwC to enable an orderly transition, said Network Rail.


Lichfield parish council submits neighbourhood plan

Armitage with Handsacre Parish Council has submitted a neighbourhood plan to Lichfield District Council, outlining how Armitage with Handsacre could be shaped in the future.

This is the ninth community within Lichfield District to submit a neighbourhood plan and it will, if approved, provide a framework for development that will form part of the development plan for Lichfield District.

The council is now holding a six-week consultation so that local people, organisations and agencies can consider the Armitage with Handsacre Neighbourhood Plan and give their views.

Views will then be collated and passed on to an independent examiner.

The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 6 April 2018. It can be found on the Lichfield District Council website.


Barton Willmore to manage Stornoway projects

Stornoway Port Authority has appointed planning consultancy Barton Willmore to support the development of two new harbour facilities aiming to bring economic benefits to the Isle of Lewis.

The Edinburgh office will work with Stornoway Port Authority on plans to regenerate the harbour area as part of a 20-year masterplan.

The plans include the creation of a deep-water port that aims to capitalise on the growth of the cruise sector by allowing visits from larger ships, as well as improved facilities for the energy sector.

A new marina would be developed within the town at Newton to meet the growing demand for yacht berths.  

Barton Willmore will be responsible for a variety of applications, including ones for a Harbour Revision Order, Marine Licences and securing the necessary planning consents. The firm will oversee engagement with local residents and businesses.

Work will be undertaken in collaboration with environmental consultancy EnviroCentre, which will be responsible for preparing the associated Environmental Impact Assessments.


Midlands consultancy wins Telford construction contract

Commercial planning, development and environment consultancy apT has been appointed as the approved building inspector for a construction contract in Telford.

The development is a six-deck multistorey car park that is being built on land adjacent to Telford Ice Rink.

The 300-space car park forms part of a wider development that includes a hotel and restaurant, being undertaken by Southwater Event Group, which runs the Telford International Centre.

As the approved inspector for the £4 million build, apT will ensure that it meets all the relevant building regulations from general construction compliance to fire safety and disabled access ramps before it can be signed off for completion, which is expected in early summer.

The development was designed by architects Corstorphine + Wright and the contractor is Bourne Construction, a specialist in car park design-and-build.


Galliford Try Partnerships starts work on £14m Princess Road apartments

Galliford Try Partnerships and One Manchester Housing Group have this week started work on a new £14.2 million apartment scheme on Princess Road, Manchester.

The development – the Clockworks – will see 105, two-bedroom apartments built across six storeys, as well as a landscaped roof terrace for residents.

Regeneration specialist Galliford Try Partnerships will be the developer and contractor for the project, which has been designed by Northern Quarter-based architects IDP.

The apartments are being developed for One Manchester and will be available as rent-to-buy apartments that residents will be able to rent for up to five years initially at a discounted rent, giving them a chance to save for a deposit.

The land is owned by Manchester City Council and Kirkland Developments.

Rented family home scheme launched

Residential landlord Grainger plc has launched the first wave of family homes designed exclusively for rent at its Berewood development in Waterlooville, Hampshire.

The development comprises 29 two, three and four-bedroom houses, with rents starting at £1,025 a month for a two-bed home. The houses at Berewood follow the release of 24 rental apartments last autumn, with more due for completion this spring.

Today nearly one in three renters are families. Many new ‘build-to-rent’ schemes are targeted specifically at young professionals, despite the growing demand for renting among young families. Berewood is one of the country’s first family-focused rental schemes.

The development is Portsmouth’s first build-to-rent scheme, with Grainger offering up to five-year tenancies. It also includes a fully operational primary school.