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News in brief: New bus station to be built in Lincoln; A third of the public supports fracking

Words: Laura Edgar
Lincoln bus station

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 16 August, 2016

New bus station to be built in Lincoln

The government has announced funding for a new bus station and a 1,000-space car park in Lincoln.

The £29 million scheme is expected to deliver an economic boost worth £9 million a year and to create 200 jobs, according to the government.

As part of the development, the car park will feature 32 electric vehicle charging points.

The Department for Transport is providing £11 million towards the project, with the City Lincoln Council providing £16 million and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership contributing £2 million.

The investment is being made after the transport secretary approved plans for an eastern bypass in Lincolnshire earlier this year. It will link the A158 Wragby Road with the A15 Sleaford Road.


Third of public support fracking

Only 33 per cent of people polled would support fracking in their area, even if households were paid up to £10,000.

Forty-three per cent “strongly” or “tend to” oppose fracking, while 25 per cent remain unsure.

Liz Hutchins, senior political strategist at Friends of the Earth, said: “The government are desperate to show support for shale gas exploration, and recent headlines that offered cash payments were meant to bolster, not diminish, support.

“But when you look at the details of the scheme, any cash for households would only be after shale exploration, and would be derived from taxation on profits. It all seems a pretty unlikely and distant proposition.

“What we do know is that the more people learn about fracking and what it could mean for their health and environment, the more opposed they could be. And it’s clear from this survey that they haven't been fooled by the government's latest bribe.”


Oxford Science Park submits application for offices

The Oxford Science Park has laid out new office designs and submitted a full planning application to speculative build 61,500 square feet of offices. Plans suggest the offices could accommodate 500 employees.

The scheme aims to respond to the lack of quality office and laboratory space in Oxford. Plot 12 will be a four-storey building to be rated at least BREEAM Very Good. There will 80 cycle parking spaces, changing facilities and car parking for 203 cars.

In January 2016, it was announced that Magdalen College had taken 100 per cent ownership and has development plans for an additional 300,000 square feet of office space and laboratory space to be built in the next five to seven years. Plot 12 is a 1.2-hectare site that is located in the middle of the park’s masterplan.


National LLW repository approved

Cumbria County Council has granted planning permission for 45 hectares of extended low level radioactive waste (LLW) disposal capacity and site restoration at the National Low Level Waste Repository in West Cumbria.

Turley provided strategic planning advice to LLW Repository Ltd and managed the preparation and submission of the application.

Currently, said Turley, there is no available disposal capacity anywhere in the UK for this waste.

The development will secure capacity for about 30 years and enables the phased closure of the site in accordance with a safety case approved by environmental regulators.

It involves the phased formation of two new engineered vaults and the extension of an existing vault, which LLW will be placed for disposal.

Permission has also been given for the disposal of waste currently within existing vaults for storage.


Listed building consent granted for Manchester’s Oddfellows Hall

Penoyre & Prasad have been granted listed building consent for the extension and refurbishment of the grade II listed Oddfellows Hall in Manchester.

Oddfellows Hall forms part of the new £350 million Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) at the University of Manchester.

The refurbishment and extension aims to provide a range of conference facilities, a restaurant and teaching space and additional space for the ICAM & Dalton research groups.

The new three-storey extension makes use of an empty site next to the existing listed building.

The development is part of the university’s masterplan to create a world-leading campus that brings together a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific community and consolidate the university’s student campus around Oxford Road.

It is due to be completed in 2020.


Student accommodation application submitted in Cardiff

Architect practice Corstorphine + Wright has submitted designs for the latest building in a Cardiff’s growth area, on behalf of Fusion Students, a provider of student accommodation.

Cardiff City Council’s planning committee will now consider the proposals, which include a 25-storey, 674-bed student accommodation development.

The plans are for a vacant site adjacent to Herbert Street and the Dock Feeder canal, the city’s Capital Quarter.

An application for 180 residential units had already been permitted for this site, but when Fusion Students bought the site in May 2016, it was decided student accommodation was a better fit for the site’s location.

The development will include laundry facilities, study room, a student gym, a cinema and offices for support staff. The plans also include the potential for a restaurant or café to be used by both locals and students.

Image credit | Jo Turner