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12/09/2017

News in brief: Khan refuses New Scotland Yard development; Exeter Gateway phase 2 approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 12 September, 2017

Khan refuses New Scotland Yard development

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has rejected plans to redevelop the former New Scotland Yard site as the scheme didn’t include enough affordable housing.

The site at 8-10 Broadway, Westminster, was sold by previous mayor Boris Johnson, who approved a development that included a £10 million payment and 10 affordable houses.

Developer BL Developments then sought to increase the total number of homes by 27, from 268 to 295, with no increase in the number of affordable units or payment in lieu.

Khan said: “A shortage of affordable homes is at the heart of the housing crisis in our city. The scheme put forward for this site is simply unacceptable: it fails to provide the maximum amount of affordable housing that could be delivered on this landmark site, and follows a previous application in which the affordable housing provision agreed by the previous mayor was already appallingly low.

“This is a site which has only recently been transferred from public ownership and sits within one of the most expensive areas of the country. Having carefully considered the evidence available to me, I have decided to refuse permission for this amended application.”

 

Exeter Gateway phase 2 approved

East Devon District Council has granted outline planning permission for a development that will create 110,000 square metres of logistics and distribution floor space.

The development is the second phase of the Exeter Gateway distribution facility.

Tim Western, lead director at property developer JLL, said: “A project of Exeter Gateway’s calibre is something we have been waiting for in Exeter for some time; a piece of the jigsaw that has been missing. This project represents a huge vote of confidence in our region, will create hundreds of jobs and will put the city and surrounding area on the map as the South-West's leading distribution hub south of Bristol. We expect to see plenty of interest in this site, which will undoubtedly attract investment into the area, complementing the activity at Skypark and Exeter Science Park."

The site is next to where Lidl UK's regional distribution hub is being constructed, which forms phase one of Exeter Gateway. JLL advised Lidl UK on the purchase.

 

Sheffield to make student accommodation flexible for conversion

Sheffield City Council has announced that it will make sure all new purpose-built student accommodation developments will have the capacity to be converted into residential accommodation at a later date.

The council already has a Student Accommodation Strategy to ensure that the right numbers of student homes are being built, and are a mix of tenures and sizes to create mixed communities.

The council, which is under Labour control, want to ensure that Sheffield’s housing market is adaptive enough to meet the city’s needs for future generations.

Ben Curran, cabinet member for planning and development, said: “We know that there needs to be flexibility in the housing market. For instance, if student numbers go down it is essential that properties aren’t left empty but can be used as residential homes.

“This is why Labour will be looking to change planning requirements so that all new purpose-built student accommodation be capable of conversation to residential accommodation, should a need for this arise”.

 

HCA appoints planners for Northstowe

The Homes and Communities Agency has appointed Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design and Proctor & Matthews Architects to provide long-term planning support and architectural services for phase 2 of Northstowe.

Northstowe is a Cambridgeshire town that is part of the NHS’s and the government’s Healthy New Towns initiative.

The work follows from Tibbalds’ original role in preparing the Design Code for phase 2, and will centre on what is considered to be the very heart of Northstowe town.

Proctor & Matthews Architects, supported by the Tibbalds CampbellReith JV, will produce the detailed design for the initial parcel of 380 homes, the first homes to be delivered by the HCA. Homes will range from starter and young family homes to urban, family housing and homes for the elderly and those who require extra care.

The HCA said it expects to deliver the first of the scheme’s 3,500 homes in 2019 and start on the town centre and future phases shortly after.

 

66 homes approved in Burscough

West Lancashire Borough Council has approved 66 homes in Burscough for former industrial land.

Nexus Planning secured the consent on behalf of Taylor Wimpey.

The scheme comprises a combination of two, three and four-bedroom homes and apartments. The development will be located on Briar Lane, adjacent to the recently completed Taylor Wimpey North West development at Delph Green.

The development is due to start this autumn.

 

Racetrack approved for Coalisland

Mid Ulster District Council has granted planning permission to proposals to create an international motorsport racetrack in Coalisland.

The 57-acre site, Lake Torrent, formerly known as the ‘clay pits’, is to become a venue for regional, national and international competitions, aiming ultimately to host events like the World Super Bike Championships and British Touring Car Championship, attracting up to 30,000 spectators.

The track is expected to be a 3.59km circuit, offering 12 turns and a mix of technical and high-speed sequences. The development will also comprise associated pit garages, a spectator gallery, hospitality facilities and new access and public link roads.

 

Taylor Wimpey acquires Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant site

Dentons has advised Taylor Wimpey on its £193.5 million acquisition of Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant site in central London.

Planning was secured in March 2015. Plans feature 681 residential units, of which 163 have been designated as affordable. They also comprise 23,000 square feet of retail and leisure space as well as community facilities and public areas.

Richard Budge, partner in Dentons' London Real Estate team, led on the deal. He said: “The redevelopment of the Mount Pleasant site will enable the provision of more public facilities and retail/leisure amenities along with the delivery of a landmark residential development."

Royal Mail has retained its operational facilities at Mount Pleasant.

 

Regeneration development in Bristol green-lit

Bristol City Council has granted outline planning permission for the regeneration of the former Brooks Laundry, in St Werburghs, Bristol.

Acorn Property Group has been appointed to deliver the site of behalf of joint venture partners Galliard Homes and Follan Ltd, with support from DJ Foley Property Consultants.

The four-acre site been derelict since operations ceased in 2007.

Plans will see the site deliver open market and affordable homes, allocated parking, new public realm and improvements to the surrounding road network.

Acorn will now focus on securing detailed planning permission, with a reserved matters planning application due for submission in the autumn.

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