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News in brief: Middlewich retirement homes approved; 300 bids for Future High Streets Fund

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 16 April, 2019

Middlewich retirement homes approved

Cheshire East Council has granted planning permission for the regeneration of a 2.5-hectare derelict site in Middlewich town centre.

Fifty retirement apartments, 35 family homes and three retail units will be delivered on the site, which is just off Wheelock Street.

Avision Young secured the permission, while developer Henderson Homes will work alongside McCarthy and Stone to build the properties.


300 bids for Future High Streets Fund

Local authorities across England have submitted more than 300 bids to receive a share of the £676 million Future High Streets Fund.

High streets minister Jake Berry welcomed the “positive response” to the Future High Streets Fund.

Launched in December 2018 as part of the government’s plan for the high street, the £675 million Future High Streets Fund aims to help local leaders implement “bold new visions” to transform town centres and make them fit for the future.

Up to £55 million of the fund has been allocated to support the regeneration of heritage high streets. The government said details would be announced in “due course”.


Partnership to transform Black Country site

Two firms are teaming up to regenerate an eight-acre brownfield site into a canal-side housing development in West Bromwich.

JAHAMA, a real estate firm within the GFG Alliance, and Persimmon Homes have been working to secure planning consent for the 128-home development. The site, next to Balls Hill Branch Canal, became available after changes were made to the GFG’s manufacturing business.

Persimmon developed a blueprint with JAHAMA, and planning permission was granted by Sandwell Metropolitan Council. The developer has now completed the purchase of the site and begun groundworks in preparation for the construction of two, three and four-bedroom homes.

The scheme is due to start on site at the beginning of May.


Slough offices to be redeveloped

Slough Borough Council’s planning committee has given the go-ahead to the redevelopment of a site into 60 homes.

Offices and a garage currently occupy the site, which are due to become vacant once the tenants relocate later this year.

Designed by Pro Vision for Feltham Properties Ltd, plans set out a five-storey building at the junction of Station Road and Bath Road. The approval includes the demolition of the existing buildings, new access, amenity space, landscaping and boundary treatments. It is subject to a section 106 agreement.


Private rent partnership extended in South East

Crest Nicholson and M&G Real Estate have partnered for the fifth time to fund the construction of the second phase of private rented sector properties in Berkshire.

This phase aims to deliver 104 private rental homes in Arborfield Green – a new garden village of 2,000 dwellings within a short commute of Wokingham and Reading.

The partnership will provide a total of 218 private rental homes with communal facilities. The second phase is expected to be ready for occupation in 2020.

The M&G UK Residential Property Fund will finance the one and two-bedroom apartments.


Phase 1 of Manchester Airport redevelopment complete

Manchester Airport has announced the completion of the first major phase in its £1 billion transformation.

Passengers are able to use the new pier that connects to Terminal 2.

Construction of the 216-metres long structure began in July 2017 and the build was completed in late January 2019. The facility was trialled before transitioning into operation on 1 April.

The pier provides 11 jetty-served ‘contact’ stands and has more than 1,400 seats in a fully glazed upper departures level offering panoramic views of the airfield. A separate, segregated arrivals level provides passengers with a travellator-assisted walking route to the main terminal arrivals facilities.

It will be used by all airlines currently operating out of T2.


South Downs approves new home

The South Down National Park Authority (SDNPA) has approved plans for the second and third phases of the redevelopment of a brownfield site in Lewes.

North Street Quarter was given planning permission in May 2016 to develop 416 homes, 40 per cent of which have been designated as affordable, commercial space, a health hub and a public car park.

This included outline permission for the whole scheme and full planning permission for the first phase of the development.

Phases 2 and 3 comprise 178 homes in the western part of the scheme. The planning application for the appearance and landscape of this area deals with the architectural style and proposed materials of the buildings, as well as landscaping elements such as the new riverside walk, the courtyards and planting schemes.

North Street Quarter Ltd, which jointly owns the scheme with Lewes District Council, will now appoint a developer to deliver the plans.   

Property advisers Vail Williams adivsed North Street Quarter on the application.

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