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News in brief: Leeds councillors consider flood prevention plans; Fareham consults on affordable housing

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 25 June, 2019

Leeds councillors consider flood prevention plans

Leeds City Council’s executive board will be asked to consider and approve the Otley Flood Alleviation Scheme to be formally submitted to the Environment Agency for its consideration.

A planning application for the scheme will also be considered before it is put forward.

The scheme proposes an investment of up to £3.3 million in a range of measures to protect Otley from the risk of flooding from the River Wharfe. The river reached its highest flow level on record in the Christmas floods of 2015, and 74 properties in the town were flooded.

The preferred scheme has been put forward following research and survey work by the council, the Environment Agency and engineering consultant WSP, along with consultation with local residents, businesses, landowners and stakeholders.

The plan would see a flood embankment created to the west of Billams Hill, running from Otley Bridge to property gardens at Newall Mount. This would be supported by the management of vegetation on the islands downstream of Otley Weir.

The scheme will be considered by the executive tomorrow (26 June).


Fareham consults on affordable housing

Fareham Borough Council has launched a consultation to gather views on the provision of affordable housing in the borough.

The council's affordable housing strategy sets out how affordable housing will be delivered over the next five years, including a vision for council house delivery.

There are about 4,200 affordable homes in the borough, but the council estimates that another 3,500 will be required by 2036 to address current and future need.

The consultation on Fareham’s draft affordable housing strategy can be found on the council website.


Connaught Barracks development approved

Dover District Council has approved the details of the planning permission for the first phase of the redevelopment of the Connaught Barracks site, which is owned by Homes England.

Ramac Holdings, a Kent-based developer, has received approval to build 64 new two, three and four-bedroom homes on land previously occupied by the officers’ mess.

The site sits adjacent to Fort Burgoyne, which The Land Trust is currently restoring with a view to opening it permanently to the public.

Work on phase one is expected to start this summer.

The district council is currently considering a planning application for 300 new homes on the rest of the Connaught Barracks site (planning reference number: 19/00447).


Dacorum to protect employment space

Dacorum Borough Council has decided to introduce an article 4 direction to protect a number of its employment spaces.

This follows recent relaxation of planning rules that mean the change of use from office, light industrial or warehouse use to houses or flats can be made without planning permission.

The council said permitted development schemes already completed or approved since 2014 under these new rules are likely to result in the loss up to 3,000 office jobs in Dacorum. Most of these job losses are occurring in the main employment areas, including Maylands Business Park and Hemel Hempstead town centre.

The article 4 direction will cover: Maylands Business Park; Doolittle Meadows, Hemel Hempstead; Whiteleaf Road, Hemel Hempstead; Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead; Bourne End Mills, Bourne End; Northbridge Road and River Park, Berkhamsted and Icknield Way, Tring.

The direction will come into force on 7 January 2020.


Jessup Brothers to deliver 300 Telford homes

Homes England and Bourneville Village Trust have appointed developer Jessup Brothers to deliver the final phase of 300 homes and a new park at Lightmoor Village, Telford, Shropshire.

The 300 homes will comprise private rental properties and affordable homes.

So far, 638 homes have been developed at Lightmoor, and another 99 homes are currently in development.

Lightmoor is one of Telford’s most significant housing developments of the past decade, with 638 homes developed so far and 99 more homes currently in development. The village has its own primary school and village centre, which includes GP facilities, an extra care housing scheme, nursery, shop, café, and areas of open space and parks.


Partnership announced to deliver housing in Kidbrooke

L&Q and Berkeley have partnered to deliver affordable homes at Kidbrooke Village.

The deal sees L&Q boost its affordable housing pipeline and continue to deliver high-quality homes at pace by acquiring 642 properties from Berkeley at its south-east London site.

The homes will be a combination of shared ownership and London affordable rentals, helping to bring much-needed new homes to the capital.  

Kidbrooke Village is a £1 billion regeneration project that aims to transform the area into a new neighbourhood in South London. The finished scheme will consist of around 5,000 homes of mixed tenure and type alongside shops, community and leisure facilities.

In November 2018, the two housebuilders announced the beginning of their partnership with joint plans for the New Riverside Development in Reading.


Brighouse business park application submitted

A planning application has been submitted for a business park in Clifton, near Brighouse.

Creation of a business park on the site at Clifton is a long-standing ambition of the council. The submission of the planning application is the next step in transforming the site to create significant new business and employment opportunities in Calderdale.

The planning application was submitted following public consultation, which took place during February.

The planning application can be found on the council website by searching 19/00612/LAA.

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