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News in brief: Leisure development plans submitted at West Kinfauns; Birmingham council approves Balsall Heath plans

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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 26 October, 2021

Leisure development plans submitted at West Kinfauns

Morris Leslie Group has submitted a planning application to Perth and Kinross Council for a £33.8 million leisure-led development at West Kinfauns, Perthshire.

The development will be capable of supporting leisure and tourism functions. Plans include a four-star hotel, lodge-style cabins and a museum. It will also offer a "good connection" with the city centre, including active travel routes through the proposed development.  

Employment opportunities are expected to increase once the development is complete, with an estimate of 130 direct on-site jobs including in the hospitality, retail and leisure roles. It is expected to boost the local visitor economy with up to 80,000 visitors in Perth and Kinross annually.   

One part of the site that has received planning consent has been identified as a location for the proposed park and ride, with the intention to incorporate this facility into the development, if progressed by the council.

Birmingham council approves Balsall Heath plans

Birmingham City Council has approved plans submitted by partners Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital for a residential development of 438 homes in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.

The 4.72-hectare (12 acres) site has been vacant for more than 20 years and was previously occupied by Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College and Birmingham Sports Centre.

It fronts the A4540 Belgrave Middleway and the A435 Haden Way, and is bounded by Sherbourne Road and Balsall Heath Road.

The plans by Galliard Apsley Partnership are to regenerate the site to create a neighbourhood, called Belgrave Village, comprising a mix of two, three and four-bedroom town houses and one and two-bedroom apartments, private and shared courtyard gardens, landscaped public realm and a linear park. There will be parking for 263 cars and 670 cycle spaces.

Belgrave Village will be divided into three neighbourhood areas. The Sherborne and Haden areas will provide a mix of terraced housing, while the Belgrave area comprises two apartment blocks with a landscaped internal courtyard.

Additionally, two vehicle access roads will be created on Sherbourne Road and Haden Way.


ilke Homes to deliver housing in Hastings

Modular homes developer ilke Homes has secured a 12.4-acre site in Hastings, East Sussex for the development of up to 140 factory-built homes.

The site will be located on Harrow Lane. If approved by Hastings Borough Council, the development will deliver a mix of apartments and houses ranging in sizes from one to four bedrooms, which will be made available for either affordable rent or shared ownership.

'Precision-engineering' techniques will, says ilke Homes, enable the firm to deliver the 140 affordable homes in half the time of traditional methods, due to most of the construction stage taking place offsite.

A reserved matters application will be submitted to the local council in November, with ilke Homes aiming to begin on site by autumn 2022. it is intended for the practical completion of the first homes to be complete from spring 2023 onwards.

Andy Batsford, lead councillor for housing at Hastings Borough Council, said:  “We are really excited to see a new provider in town delivering 70 affordable rented homes which will be allocated to our local people and families on the housing list who will be able to move into energy efficient, modern, well designed secure homes.”


Blackwall reach development approved

The third phase of the £500 million regeneration project at Blackwall Reach has been granted detailed planning permission.

It comprises 315 homes and public realm improvements.

Swan Housing Association, in partnership with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Greater London Authority (GLA), is replacing 252 existing residential homes, car parks and warehouses at the Blackwall Reach with 1,575 new homes, 50 per cent of which have been designated as affordable.

Phase 1a and 1b delivered 340 homes, while 268 homes are currently under construction as part of phase 2.

Civic centre in North East sold for development

Vistry Partnerships North East has exchanged contracts with Sunderland City Council on its purchase of the Sunderland Civic Centre and plans to develop a residential community on the site.

Located on Burdon Road, the house builder plans to deliver 280 homes, which will be a mixture of open market and affordable.

Vistry Partnerships said the proposed architecture and streetscape is "sensitive to the parkside location and the Ashbrooke Conservation Area".

Subject to planning permission being granted, the demolition of the old civic centre should get underway in early 2022.

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