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News in brief: MHCLG confirms ministerial responsibilities; Neighbourhood plan submitted in Lichfield

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 16 January, 2018

MHCLG confirms ministerial responsibilities

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has confirmed that Dominic Raab, MP for Esher and Walton, will have responsibility for both housing and planning.

All other ministers have been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State, alongside additional ministerial duties.

Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire, has been named as the minister for housing and homelessness.

Jake Berry is the minister for the Northern Powerhouse and local growth; Rishi Sunak is the minister for local government; and Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth has been named as the minister for faith.


Neighbourhood plan submitted in Lichfield

Alrewas Parish Council has submitted a neighbourhood plan to Lichfield District Council, which is the seventh community within the district to reach this stage of the process.

The council is now holding a six-week consultation for local people, organisations and agencies to give their views.

The comments will be collated by the council and passed on to an independent examiner that will look at the comments and the neighbourhood plan to assess whether it meets national requirements.

If the inspector deems that it does, it can proceed to a referendum within the neighbourhood area.

The consultation closes on Wednesday 27 February.

The plan can be found on Lichfield District Council’s website.


Wolverhampton regeneration plans announced

The City of Wolverhampton Council’s planning committee will be asked to approve the establishment of an East Park Gateway Regeneration Programme today (16 January).

The council is aiming to deliver better employment and residential opportunities in the area by investing in new industrial development and housing, as well as by making road and environmental improvements.

The programme covers the area north and south of the Willenhall Road/Horseley Fields, from the Wyrley and Essington Canal to Monmore Green.

It also links to other regeneration areas, including the Canalside Quarter and Heath Town.

External funding for the scheme will be sought from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership.


279 homes approved in Tottenham Hale

Haringey Council has approved plans for a 32-storey tower comprising 279 homes to be built as part of the Hale Village regeneration project.

London residential developer Anthology’s plans, designed by Hawkins Brown Architects, are subject to referral to the Mayor of London.

Anthology used funding from the mayor’s Housing Zone Programme to acquire the land from Lee Valley Estates in 2016, which is the final component of the 11-phase mixed-use redevelopment of the area. It includes 50 per cent affordable housing.

The housing will be a mix of private and affordable, with the ground floor of the tower offering 12,500 square feet of mixed commercial and employment space, as well as improved access to Tottenham Hale station.


Offices approved in Bristol

Bristol City Council has approved 4 Glass Wharf, a 210,000 net square feet grade A office development in Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

The project has been designed by architecture studio Darling Associates for developer Salmon Harvester Properties Ltd.

The eight-storey building will be built on a brownfield site next to 3 Glass Wharf, currently under construction by Salmon Harvester.

Chris Darling, managing director at Darling Associates, said: “The architecture of 4 Glass Wharf will directly respond to the design of its neighbour, ensuring a strong architectural integrity and coherence on this important development site. The design will celebrate Bristol’s industrial heritage, and especially glass production, with the concept for 4 Glass Wharf carefully developed in close consultation with Bristol City Council.”

4 Glass Wharf will also include basement car parking and cycle storage, landscaping and associated public realm improvements.


BAME networking group launched

A Built Environment Communications Group (becg) employee has launched BAME in Property, a networking group for black, Asian and minority ethnicities, as well as non-BAME professionals in the property and planning sector.

Account manager Priya Shah initiated the group, which aims to increase ethnic diversity in the built environment sectors and promote inclusivity through discussions, round tables and networking events.

Speaking on the launch of BAME in Property, Shah said: “I decided to set up BAME in Property after reading that only 1.2 percent of the built environment sector was from a BAME background, and seeing that a networking group of its sort did not already exist.”


Acorn to develop Falmouth coastal scheme

Acorn Property Group has exchanged contracts to purchase the former Falmouth Beach Hotel site.

The scheme - The Liner - has been granted full planning permission for 53 apartments, a restaurant bar and village shop by Falmouth Town Council’s planning committee. Acorn had made minor amendments to the planning application.

The site was previously owned by the adjacent St Michael’s Hotel and Spa, who chose Acorn as the developer.


Melton Mowbray village site sold

Strategic land company Richborough Estates has, in conjunction with Wells McFarlane, completed the sale of a 2.7 hectare site in the village of Frisby on the Wreake, near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire to housebuilder, Bellway Homes.

Richborough Estates acquired the plot, which sits on the eastern edge of the village, from a private landowner via Trevor Wells of Wells McFarlane in Lutterworth.

Richborough Estates secured outline planning permission for residential development on the site.

Bellway Homes will now deliver the scheme, which has been masterplanned for a combination of two, three, four and five bedroom family homes and 40 per cent affordable housing.

The plans also include areas of landscaping and open green space.

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