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14/06/2016

News in brief: Orkney tidal energy project receives £3.1m grant; Enfield saves £1m by house buying

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 14 June, 2016

Orkney tidal energy project receives £3.1m grant

A wave and tidal energy technology tester has been awarded a £3.1 million grant from the European Commission.

The funding has been awarded the Fast Track to Innovation scheme.

The money will be split between two projects at the European Marine Energy Centre in Stromness.

Tocardo, a Dutch renewable energy generator, will test one of its systems in real sea conditions at the centre, while Magallanes, a Spanish turbine company, will test its tidal energy platform.

More information can be found here (pdf). 

 

Skills partnership meets for first time

The Board of the Home Building Skills Partnership has met for the first time to work on plans to attract and train tens of thousands new workers.

The Home Builders Federation and the Construction Industry Training Board launched the partnership in March this year. 

Redrow Homes CEO John Tutte leads the partnership, which aims to develop, grow and sustain a programme to provide the workforce the industry needs to deliver the further increases in housing supply required.

Over its first four years it is hoped that the programmes will engage with more than 3,500 companies, at least 40,000 workers and some 180 colleges and training providers.

 

London landlords want the disreputable ones named

Plans by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to name those landlords who are bringing the private rented sector into disrepute are supported by most of the capital’s landlords.

This is based on a survey conducted by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) after Khan was elected as London’s mayor.

It suggests that 75 per cent of landlords support publicly naming bad landlords. It also suggests 37 per cent of respondents would consider investing in new properties to rent if the London borough identified small plots of unused public sector land for the development of such housing.

RLA policy director David Smith said: “Landlords are ready and willing to work with the new mayor to develop workable solutions to ensure the safe, legal and secure homes to rent we all want to see.

“The majority of landlords who provide decent housing and a good service to their tenants are fed up with the minority who provide sub-standard accommodation.”

 

Permission granted for new Anna Freud Centre Campus

The London Borough of Islington’s planning committee has granted planning permission for a new build and refurbishment project for the Anna Freud Centre, a children’s mental health charity.

The scheme aims to be a knowledge hub and community, developing new treatments, interventions and approaches informed by “the most recent scientific discoveries to deliver better mental health services on a local, national and international level”.

Located near King’s Cross, the new building will extend the existing chocolate factory, with a building rising up three storeys at the back and to five storeys at the front.

The building will feature internal courtyards, classrooms, a café, a library and a conference centre.

The architect who designed the plans was Penoyre Prasad, and Turley acted as the planning consultant.

 

Enfield saves £1m by house buying

Enfield Council has saved nearly £1 million in two years through a house-buying scheme.

The councils purchased family homes to cut the cost of nightly accommodation.

It set up an independent company called Housing Gateway to buy homes in the borough and surrounding area. Families are placed in these homes on a shorthold tenancy, with support to find alternative accommodation.

Since the scheme began, the Housing Gateway has bought 180 properties and saved the council £968,585 in nightly accommodation costs.

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