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News in brief: Nottingham’s air quality plan approved; 80,000 trees to be planted in London

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 27 November, 2018

Nottingham’s air quality plan approved

The government has approved Nottingham City Council’s new plan to tackle air pollution in the city centre.

For three years, the council has worked with officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Transport (DfT) to identify measures that would reduce levels of pollution in the shortest possible time.

Nottingham’s plan includes:

  • Retrofitting 171 buses with technology to reduce emissions, funded through the government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund;
  • Changing the age and emissions policy for hackney carriages and supporting an increase in low emission taxis. £1 million from government will be used to provide a licensing discount for drivers, a taxi rank with charging points, fund home chargers and expand the council’s ‘try before you buy’ scheme, which started this week
  • Government funding will help the city council replace its own fleet, including replacing heavy, high polluting vehicles such as bin lorries with electric vehicles.

A ministerial direction has been issued for the plan to be implemented, which is part of the government’s wider £3.5 billion plan to tackle harmful emissions from road transport across the country.


80,000 trees to be planted in London

A record 80,000 trees will be planted across London to mark National Tree Week.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has worked with partners to fund 75,000 trees for Londoners, schools, and community groups to plant this weekend - 1 and 2 December - everywhere from private gardens, to community spaces, parks and underused green spaces.

He is also offering 5,000 extra trees to Londoners who want to plant them in their garden – they will be available to pick up at ten locations this week (on a first-come first-served basis) including Morden Hall Park and Osterley Park. The trees to collect include popular garden species such as field maple, bird cherry, and rowan that attract wildlife and are easy to plant.

Khan said: said: “My Greener City Fund is investing £12m in trees and green spaces to help London reach the goal of being confirmed as the world’s first National Park City next summer and expanding the capital’s impressive ‘urban forest’ of eight million trees.”

Information about getting involved can be found on the Greater London Authority website.


Neighbourhood plan consultation in Fareham borough

A consultation has begun on the Titchfield Neighbourhood Plan, the first one in Fareham.

Villagers formed the Titchfield Neighbourhood Forum to guide the development and use of land in the area.

Executive member for planning and development at Fareham Borough Council, Keith Evans, said: “We want the people of Titchfield to let us know what they think of the plan by taking part in the consultation so please do go online or to one of the venues and let us know your views.”

The draft plan and consultation details can be found on the council website. Responses will be accepted until 11 January, 2019.


Bulwell and Basford homes approved

Nottingham City Council’s planning committee has approved 30 new council houses for Bulwell and Basford.

Nottingham City Homes will deliver 13 council houses on a former care home site in Bulwell. Two, three and four-bedroom homes will be built. Construction in Bulwell is being carried out by local firm, Robert Woodhead Group and work should begin in December 2018.

A further 17 homes will be built on Tunstall Drive, Basford. Work on these new homes is due to start in spring next year. Nottingham City Homes is yet to appoint a developer to the project, but will be going out to tender in the coming months.


Exhibition for Barnstaple regeneration

A public exhibition will be held for plans for the regeneration of the Oliver Buildings in Barnstaple.

The plans, by Acorn Property Group and Wessex Investors, are for a site on the south bank of the River Taw that has been derelict for nearly 10 years. The Grade II-listed former Shapland and Petter furniture factory will converted into home and commercial space.

The two firms have worked with North Devon District Council, Historic England, a design review panel and local stakeholders to draw up suitable proposals.

The plans will on display at the Guildhall in Barnstaple, between 10.30am and 2pm on 1 December.


Islington seeks views on local plan

Islington Council is consulting on a new local plan that aims to promote the social objective of making Islington a fairer place.

Covering the period 2020 to 2035, it also aims to ensure that the borough grows in an inclusive and sustainable way.

The council’s main priorities include:

  • Delivering more high-quality and genuinely affordable homes: at least 50 per cent of new homes must be genuinely affordable and meet minimum space and accessibility standards.
  • Creating a thriving, inclusive local economy: all new office developments will need to provide at least 10 per cent of floorspace as affordable workspace, which is let to local businesses at low rents. The plan also protects town centres.
  • Protect Islington’s environment and character: The plan restricts the location and height of tall buildings.

Consultation on the local plan will run until 14 January 2019 and can be found on the council website.

Brownfield site brought to market in Notts

A brownfield site in Nottingham with planning permission for up to 20 properties in Attenborough, Nottingham, has been brought to market.

The 2.37-acre site is close to a nature reserve.

Development agency Fisher German is acting on behalf of the landowner to sell the site, which is currently home to a former concrete plant, workshop and offices.

Bids are invited from housebuilders. Further information about the site is available by contacting [email protected]

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