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News in brief: LSBU launches chartered planner apprenticeship with RTPI; Permission given for 185 Dover homes on brownfield sites

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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 2 July, 2019

LSBU launches chartered planner apprenticeship

London South Bank University (LSBU) has launched a full chartered town planner apprenticeship (Level 7) in partnership with the RTPI.

LSBU is the first UK university to have launched the apprenticeship scheme.

On completion of their courses, successful apprentices will gain an RTPI fully accredited qualification and become chartered members of the institute (MRTPI).

Speaking at the launch, Professor Craig Barker, Dean of LSBU’s School of Law and Social Sciences, said: “There are five providers listed with the RTPI at the moment, but LSBU is the only one to offer the full five-year route, taking on people with A-levels or experience but no formal qualifications all the way from level 4 to level 7.”

Andrew Close, head of careers, education and professional development at the RTPI, said: “We’re delighted to be working with LSBU, which is one of up to eight RTPI-accredited planning schools developing degree apprenticeships for approval this year. The RTPI has championed diversity and new routes into the profession with ‘grow your own’ opportunities for employers across the country and it is excellent to see this is bearing fruit as part of the pipeline of future planners.”


Limpsfield Neighbourhood Plan gets the go-ahead

Tandridge District Council’s planning policy committee has approved the Limpsfield Neighbourhood Plan. The plan forms part of the council’s wider development plan.

Local residents and Limpsfield Parish Council drew up the neighbourhood plan. It sets out ways to protect local green spaces and the green belt, improve broadband speed and access, protect the heritage and character of the parish, and improve the options for walking, cycling and bus travel.


Professionals appointed to oversee design in London borough

Be First has appointed a team of ‘critical friends’ to act as design champions for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The team comprises 25 architects, environmental experts and town planners.

Their appointment to the Barking and Dagenham Quality Review Panel will see the team act independently, as the panel seeks to ensure the highest possible standards of design are observed across developments and masterplans in the borough.

They are also responsible for ensuring that new developments reflect and build upon existing physical, social and cultural assets – especially the borough’s rich and diverse architectural heritage.


Permission given for 185 new homes on Dover brownfield sites

Plans to build 185 new homes on two brownfield sites were approved at Dover District Council’s (DDC) Planning Committee meeting on 20 June.

Members resolved to give planning permission for 150 new homes at the former Buckland Hospital Site, and a further 35 new homes at the former Stalco Engineering Works in Great Mongeham.

Both are brownfield sites allocated for housing development in Dover District Council’s Land Allocations Local Plan.

Nick Kenton, DDC’s portfolio holder for planning, said: “I welcome the committee’s decision to approve these sites for housing development, which will go some considerable way towards meeting the target set by the government to build 629 new homes in the district every year. The development of brownfield sites is challenging but one that we need to embrace if we are to reduce the pressure to build on greenfield sites.”


TfL appoints WSP to Ultra Low Emission Zone extension

Engineering and professional services consultancy WSP has been appointed by Transport for London (TfL) to assess the traffic impact of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) extension, proposed for October 2021.

The London ULEZ will expand up to the North/South Circular roads. WSP will carry out a traffic modelling-based assessment to identify the junctions and corridors most affected by the proposed ULEZ boundary as well as to determine the scale of impacts on junctions.

If areas of concern on the road network are highlighted by the study, WSP says it will develop micro-simulation modelling that will perform highly detailed analysis of highway traffic activity to assist TfL when it comes to the design of mitigation proposals.

Christine Palmer, project manager at WSP, said: “Our analysis will focus on about 120 junctions between the North and South Circular roads that with our detailed modelling techniques will lead to the success of the extension scheme and improve the air quality in central London.”


New neighbourhood plan proposed for Acomb and Westfield

City of York Council has published two applications and a proposed boundary for Acomb and Westfield Neighbourhood Area. In addition, an Acomb and Westfield Neighbourhood Forum has been proposed to the city council.

Copies of the applications are available for inspection at the council’s West Offices reception, York Explore Library and Acomb Explore Library. Notices have been placed in prominent public areas in Acomb and Westfield wards.

The council is asking for views and representations on the proposals until 22 August, through information available online on the council’s website or by email: [email protected]

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