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News in brief: Office building approved in Cambridge; Fife sites to support Heathrow expansion

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 13 March, 2018

Office building approved in Cambridge

Cambridge City Council has approved Brookgate’s plans for new office space at 10/20 Station Road.

The proposal, which merges two existing consented buildings, will provide 14,274 square metres of space in the Central Business District at CB1 Cambridge.

Designed by architects at Perkins + Will, the new building will comprise six storeys of class B1 office space and ancillary accommodation totalling 7,421 square metres.

A basement of 3,322 square metres will feature shower and changing facilities, as well as storage areas, 98 car parking spaces for commercial tenants, and space for 482 bicycles at ground level.


Fife sites to support Heathrow expansion

Four sites in Fife have been shortlisted as major logistics hubs to support the expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport.

As part of a deal between the airport and the Scottish Government, Scotland is guaranteed a logistics hub. In total, 10 sites are on the shortlist.

Heathrow’s expansion is the first major infrastructure project in the UK to use large-scale logistics hubs and aims to create a legacy of construction excellence in the UK for future generations. The hubs will work by pre-assembling components off-site before transporting them in consolidated loads to Heathrow when needed.

Heathrow’s team has visited the former Longannet power station, owned by Scottish Power, Port of Rosyth and Port Babcock at Rosyth, owned by Forth Ports and Babcock respectively, and Westfield, which is a former opencast coal mine owned by Hargreaves.

Once Heathrow has visited the 65 sites across the UK, each landowner will be invited to make a detailed submission to Heathrow, which will be assessed on suitability, efficiency and accessibility credentials.


Tibbalds CampbellReith appointed for regeneration planning

Gloucester City Homes has appointed Tibbalds CampbellReith to develop masterplans for the regeneration of two estates in Gloucester – Matson and Podsmead.

The masterplans aim to set out a “clear vision and strategy” for future detailed design through a supplementary planning document (SPD), which Gloucester City Council would adopt.

The two estates comprise over a third of Gloucester City Homes's stock, with 1,070 homes at Matson and 450 at Podsmead. The estates have a high level of poor-quality, non-traditional stock, and suffer from significant deprivation.  

Despite the efforts of Gloucester City Homes, the city council and local residents' groups over a number of years, the area’s economic and physical situation has not improved.

It is hoped that the masterplans will transform the estates into create strong, sustainable communities where people can thrive through large-scale regeneration and investment.


£5.5m funding for development on Glaswegian site

LendInvest, the leading specialist property finance lender, has provided a £5.5 million loan to Ross Harper to fund the development of 24 new homes in Glasgow.

The development finance loan will fund the conversion of a Grade II listed former Belmont Church two miles outside the city centre, with good transport links into the city. The developer acquired the site in 2017 with planning permission already in place for the proposed works.

Once completed, the site will comprise 21 one, two and three-bedroom flats, and three two-bed mews houses with small, private gardens.

The homes are to be marketed to young professionals seeking quick access to the city.

Construction is expected to be completed by late October 2018.


Barristers announced as Northern Powerhouse Partner

King Chambers has been announced as the first chambers to become a Northern Powerhouse Partner.

This will see King Chambers work with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to promote the north of England.

Partners are expected to support development in four key areas: connectivity and transport; skills, science and innovation; quality of life and culture; and devolution.

Nigel Poole QC, head of Kings Chambers, said: “Kings Chambers is committed to building the Northern Powerhouse by working with partners to develop the legal services across the North. A key focus for us will be to provide opportunities for students through our annual work experience programme and to work to attract talented graduates from right across the country.

Kings Chambers said it would be announcing a number of Northern Powerhouse Partner initiatives over the coming months.


Rooftop bar in London’s West End approved

Westminster Council has granted approval for a rooftop bar on the Edwardian grade II-listed Trocadero in the capital’s West End.

Designed by architects Darling Associates for Criterion Capital, the project incorporates approximately 17,500 square feet, and will comprise a covered bar and restaurant. Plans also include a 4,500 square foot outdoor terrace and swimming pool, which forms part of a planned 740-room hotel, also being developed by Criterion Capital.

Darling Associates is also responsible for designing the street level entrance on Shaftesbury Avenue, and vertical circulation in the building.


Over-55s development approved in Cornwall

Acorn Property Group and Somerston Healthcare Properties Ltd have been granted approval for 38 new homes on a former holiday park site in Duporth, Cornwall.

The development features the conversion and refurbishment of existing stone buildings and carefully designed new-build properties which will provide two and three-bedroom houses and apartments. The centrepiece of the development will be a grade II listed clock tower that will undergo major refurbishment works.

The Courtyard at Duporth development also includes communal landscaped open space and has access to private woodland and a private beach.

Work is expected to start this spring, with the first homes ready for occupation in 2019.