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News in brief: Leigh homes approved; Planning application submitted for Walsall scheme

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 2 February, 2021

Leigh homes approved

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council has granted planning approval for 507 homes, a new link road and a local centre near Leigh, Greater Manchester.

The plans are part of Countryside Properties’ North Leigh Park development, a 1,800 home mixed-use development across 78 hectares.

The reserved matters application comprises 50 two-bedroom, 195 three-bedroom and 12 four-bedroom family homes. Of these, 161 have been designated as affordable.

A second ‘hybrid’ application for full planning permission for 250 dwellings and a new link road, from Leigh Road to Atherleigh Way, was also granted planning permission.

Read the story in full on The Planner website.


Planning application submitted for Walsall scheme

A planning application has been submitted for the £100 million Phoenix 10 development in Walsall.

Once home to the James Bridge Copper Works, the 44-acre derelict site has lain vacant for two decades but is earmarked for a regeneration scheme by property developer HBD.

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has already agreed a multimillion-pound deal to remediate the land ready for construction.

HBD has partnered with Walsall Council and Homes England to deliver the project, with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership providing funding for the remediation of the site, which is expected to begin this year. Construction is likely to start in 2023 with completion in 2027.

The project comprises up to 620,000 square feet of employment space, attracting new jobs and investment and supporting the creation of a strong regional economy. The site could be home to 1,100 new jobs.


Application for affordable homes in Dover lodged

Dover District Council has submitted plans for 24 new homes at Poulton Close in Dover.

The plans are part of the council’s ambition to build 500 new affordable homes in the district and reduce the reliance on B&B accommodation.

The homes would be delivered across two three-storey blocks on a 0.35-hectare site to the west of the St Radigunds Community Centre. The homes will be let to local people on the council‘s housing list before they are rehoused in permanent accommodation.

The mix of one, two and three-bedroom properties will be suitable for wheelchair users, as well as for couples and families with children.


Neighbourhood plan submitted in Stockport

High Lane Village Neighbourhood Forum has submitted a proposed Neighbourhood Plan to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.

High Lane Village Neighbourhood Forum is the second body within the borough to submit a proposed plan. The proposed neighbourhood plan and supporting documents are available on the council’s website.


Funding announced for Stafford river scheme

Highways England has donated £150,000 towards a £2.5 million scheme to increase wildlife numbers, provide better access for families and alleviate flooding around rivers in a Staffordshire town.

The project will be delivered by a partnership between Highways England, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Stafford Borough Council and the Environment Agency.

Work will include making major improvements to habitats close to the Rivers Sow and Penk, and restoring and creating new habitats on a range of sites across the area – including Doxey Marshes, Kingsmead Marsh and Radford Meadows.

The study will identify around 25 sites that can be improved for biodiversity, flood mitigation and water quality.


Planning committee to decide on 5G mast

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority will decide an application for a phone mast in Coverdale.

A number of applications have been submitted as part of a government-funded trial to support the development of future rural connectivity in areas that have no mobile coverage.

The applications are being dealt with on a case-by-case basis. One for the installation of a 17-metre wooden utility pole with mobile communications antenna and equipment cabinet in West Scrafton will be considered by the authority’s planning committee on 9 February.


Education campus in Ebbsfleet approved

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has granted planning permission for an education campus that will cater for children aged from three to 18, and includes Ebbsfleet Garden City’s first new secondary school.

The campus will also include a primary school with a nursery and a sports centre with an all-weather 4G pitch, cricket pitch, running track, four football pitches and three tennis courts.

It is anticipated that 100 per cent of primary schoolchildren will be within a five-minute walk of the campus, and a 92 per cent catchment of secondary school pupils will be within a 15-minute walk.

Only nursery schoolchildren will be allowed onto the campus to be dropped off by car as part of the Ebbsfleet Garden City healthy design guidance. The car park will be protected by a barrier.


‘Year-on-year decline’ in construction recovery threatens recovery

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has expressed concern that the year-on-year decline in construction apprenticeships threatens the UK’s ability to ‘build back better’ from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The warning came in response to the Department for Education’s apprenticeship and traineeship data released last week.

Brian Berry, chief executive at the FMB, said: “Decisive and timely action must be taken by the government to reverse the sharp fall in construction apprentices. 3,500 fewer apprenticeships started is not a record to be celebrated as we approach National Apprenticeship Week (8-14 February), and as construction seeks to do its bit to build back better. The government must act urgently on the reforms set out in the Skills for Jobs white paper, and give employers a greater voice in determining local skills needs, while strengthening links between employers and colleges.

“As we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic and implement the UK’s new points-based immigration system, skills and training in key sectors, such as construction, should be at the forefront of policymakers’ minds. As local builders train 71 per cent of apprentices in the industry, they must be at the heart of plans to bring in the next generation of tradespeople, in a sector already facing a well-documented skills shortage.”


151 riverside homes in Glasgow approved

Planning approval has been granted by Glasgow City Council for 151 homes in Glasgow’s East End.

Affordable housing developer Swan Group has recently concluded a contract with PfP Capital to deliver all of the homes. The development will be close to the city centre and is part of the Clyde Gateway regeneration project.

A mix of one and two bed flats will be delivered across five blocks on Newhall Street.

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