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News in Brief: Labour pledges stamp duty help, developer appointed for Dover port plans

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 28 April, 2015

Labour pledges stamp duty and rent cap help

Labour leader Ed Miliband has declared that first-time buyers would be exempt from stamp duty in England and Wales, and that a Labour administration would cap private rents if the party found itself in government after the general election. John Longworth, director general at the British Chamber of Commerce, said Labour’s proposals “simply don’t make sense. These policies will undermine house building in the private rental market, while stoking demand in the sales market without doing anything to improve supply”.

Developer appointed for Dover port plans

Bride Hall has been appointed as the developer to work on plans aimed at turning Dover port into a “thriving” tourist destination. Plans could include shops, hotels and bars. Dover Western Docks Revival projects will safeguard the future of the port while a new division, Dover Waterfront Limited, will focus on the waterfront regeneration.

Houses to be built on site of Scottish power station

Clyde Gateway has sold the 22-acre Dalmarnock Power Station site to Link Group for £5.7 million. The site has stood derelict for nearly 40 homes, but Link Group has secured funding for the acquisition of the site from Glasgow City Council. Link Group plans to build 550 homes on the site, which will be of a variety of tenures, including social rented and family homes for sale. Lord Smith of Kelvin, chair of Clyde Gateway, said: “This deal epitomises what Clyde Gateway is all about. We have stepped in to deal with market failure and, having initially purchased the site and followed it up with a spend of £3 million on decontamination and infrastructure improvements beneath the surface, we have now found a very able and willing development partner who will deliver the types and quality of housing that the community here requires.”

Lancashire wind farm expansion

A planning application for 16 wind turbines for the expansion of Scout Moor Wind Farm has been submitted to Lancashire County Council. The application was submitted by planning consultancy Turley on behalf of Scout Moor Wind Farm Expansion Limited. Together with the existing wind turbines, the wind farm will generate enough electricity to meet the needs of 20,000 homes each year. The application also includes proposals for the restoration of 900 hectares of badly degraded peat moorland.