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News in brief: Ministers welcome moves to safeguard historic Dublin’s Easter Rising area; PINS updates Covid-19 guidance

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 11 May, 2021

Ministers welcome moves to safeguard historic Dublin’s Easter Rising area

Irish ministers have welcomed the findings and recommendations of a government-appointed group on the future of Dublin’s historic Moore Street area, which played a key role in the 1916 Easter Rising but has been under threat from redevelopment proposals.

Numbers 14-17 Moore Street were declared a national monument in 2007 to guarantee their retention after plans emerged to demolish the terrace. Number 16 was the last headquarters of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic.

The final report of the Moore Street Advisory Group, just published, has called for the speedy restoration and development of a visitor centre at the National Monument buildings at 14-17 Moore Street and compensation payments for the 17 remaining Moore Street market traders.

Hammerson, the UK property group that owns most of the buildings on Moore Street, is due to submit a planning application soon for a mixed-use retail, office, and residential scheme.

Read the full story on The Planner.


PINS updates guidance

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has updated its Cover-19 guidance as England prepares for step three of the route out of lockdown roadmap.

Currently the guidance remains unchanged.

As part of step 3, some restrictions will be eased for both social contact, businesses and events. PINS said this might allow it to commence some accompanied site visits but not immediately after 17 May.

“We will ensure that any changes will be communicated to affected customers, and we will update our guidance accordingly on this page when things change,” PINS stated.

If step 4 goes ahead as planned from 21 June, PINS explained that owing to the planning involved in its work, it expects that most cases will be heard through virtual events for the remainder of the year, with some blended or in-person events being arranged.

More information can be found on the UK Government website.


166 homes approved near Gloucester

Tewkesbury Borough Council has granted planning permission for 166 homes off Whittle Square, Brockworth, on the edge of Gloucester.

The scheme, to be built on a vacant site once home to the Brockworth Aerodrome and Gloucestershire Aircraft Company, will see around £2 million invested in the local area, as well as the creation of green open spaces and community facilities.

It will be delivered by Bluebell Homes, part of the Edenstone Group.

Planning permission comes 30 years after outline permission to redevelop the site was first granted to another developer.

The first properties to be delivered will be affordable housing, which will be available from Gloucester City Homes. Bluebell Homes plans to release private sale homes in the autumn.

The 3.44-hectare site forms part of an allocation in the Tewkesbury Borough Local Plan to 2011.


Couple move into Europe’s first 3D-printed house

A Dutch couple has moved into Europe’s first 3D-printed house in Eindhoven, which is first of five within ‘Project Milestone’.

The house complies with the Netherlands' building requirements. It is a detached single-storey home with 94 square metres net floor area, a living room and two bedrooms in the Eindhoven neighbourhood of Bosrijk.

Shaped like a boulder, the home demonstrates the freedom of form that is offered by 3D concrete printing. It has extra thick insulation and a connection to the heat grid so it has an energy performance coefficient of 0.25.

Project Milestone is a joint construction and innovation project by Eindhoven University of Technology, Van Wijnen, Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix, Vesteda, the Municipality of Eindhoven and Witteveen+Bos.


350 Stafford homes approved

Housebuilder Vistry Group has received planning permission from Stafford Borough Council for a £78 million development of 350 homes in Beaconside, Stafford.

The 95-acre site was acquired in partnership with Barratt Homes on a 50:50 basis.

Vistry’s share will include 350 homes, comprising one-bed flats and bungalows, two-bed bungalows and houses, and three, four and five-bed homes. Of these, 30 per cent of the homes built will be affordable housing and the remainder for private sale.

The scheme will see the housebuilders provide upgraded highways infrastructure to support the delivery of a local centre and care home, while 1.05 hectares of serviced land will be made available for a primary school and allotments.

The builders will make a combined £10 million contribution to the community, which will go towards local primary and secondary schools, a Special Area of Conservation, and sports and leisure facilities.


Partnership to deliver custom-build project

Custom Build Homes (CBH) has joined forces with land promoter and development company Landström Group Ltd to deliver a custom-build project near Hailsham, East Sussex.

Landström's PropTech solution for identifying suitable land for development is bringing forward land appropriate for custom housebuilding.

The custom-build community has outline planning permission for five large detached homes. New homeowners will work with CBH to design and create their homes to meet their lifestyle needs now and in the future.

CBH said it is currently preparing a design code as part of its work to secure reserved matters approval from Maidstone Borough Council. It will set the parameters for individual house design, size, and specification.


Lichfield launches pedestrian study

Lichfield District Council is carrying out a two-week pedestrianisation feasibility study from today (11 May) as part of its work to deliver the Lichfield City Centre Masterplan.

Small cameras are located on Tamworth Street, Conduit Street, Market Street, Breadmarket Street and Bore Street to study pedestrian, cycle and vehicle movements and identify peak times of use.

Liz Little, cabinet member with responsibility for economic development, said: “We believe that city centre pedestrianisation can deliver many benefits, not least of which are decreased traffic and reduced air pollution, which create a safer and more attractive environment for city centre users. There is also evidence that pedestrianisation and other public realm improvements can increase footfall in city centres, have a positive impact on retail activity, and raise property values.

“This study is just the start of work we are planning around the feasibility of increased pedestrianisation in Lichfield city centre. Based on the findings from this initial study, our intention is to come back later in the year with a range of ideas to discuss with residents, businesses and other city centre users.”

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