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News in brief: Phase 2 of Newport Station Quarter development approved; Callout to developers for South-East residential project issued

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 12 July, 2016

Phase 2 of Newport Station Quarter development approved

Newport City Council has granted planning consent to Scarborough Group International’s £30 million phase two development of the Station Quarter in the city.

Phase two will include a 45,000 square feet Grade A office building across five levels named Interface. It will also feature a leisure and ground floor-retail area facing a new public plaza.

Located opposite Newport Train Station, the scheme will be accessible to pedestrians, vehicles and public transport.

The lead architect is Holder Mathias.

Kate Howe, associate director of real estate developer Scarborough Group, said: “We are working with the local and national government to attract major occupiers to the site and to show our support for the long-term vision of Newport. By providing both local and national companies with Grade A office space, we will continue to attract investment to one of the UK’s most vibrant and progressive cities.”

Scarborough Group completed the first phase of the development, Admiral House, in May 2014.


Callout to developers for South-East residential project issued

An Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) notice has been served for a new UK property development and investment opportunity in Manydown.

Joint landowners Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council have served the notice. It invited interested developers and investors to come forward to complete a prequalification questionnaire as potential partners for the project.

Manydown covers an area of approximately 843 hectares of greenfield land. The project could see the delivery of 8,000 homes over two local plan periods.

The OJEU primarily focuses on the first phase of the project, which includes the delivery of about 3,200 homes. It has been structured to enable the successful bidder to potentially continue its relationship with the councils to deliver the remaining phases.

The OJEU notice follows a prior information notice, issued in May.

More information on the project can be found here.


£5m plans for City Pool and Turkish Baths submitted to council

A planning application has been submitted to Newcastle City Council for the transformation of Newcastle City Pool and Turkish Baths.

The £5 million redevelopment of the site, proposed by Fusion Lifestyle, aims to bring the City Pool and Turkish Baths back into use as a modern facility while retaining the distinctive neo-Georgian features of the 1920s building.

The plans include the restoration of the pool and Turkish baths, which will incorporate a spa. There will also be a range of health and well-being facilities including fitness facilities, exercise studios and treatment rooms. Plans for a café will see the front of the building open out onto Northumberland Road.

A six-week public consultation was held before the submission of the planning application.

Fusion Lifestyle is a registered charity that aims to make sport and leisure facilities affordable and accessible to all.


Milton Keynes business park gets green light

Milton Keynes Council has given the green light to expand Woodlands Business Park.

Owner Barwood Capital, a UK real estate investment and development business, acquired the site in an off-market purchase for its 2015 property fund in 2015.

The outline plans are for the development of up to 150,000 square feet of new Grade A office space arranged across four buildings, alongside detailed consent for the construction of new roadways, footpaths, parking areas and structural landscaping to serve the existing and new office buildings.

Andrew Barlow, director, Barwood Capital, said: “The council’s decision means that we will have flexibility for a range of office floor plate sizes to meet national occupier requirements up to 150,000 square feet and address Milton Keynes’s lack of new Grade A office supply.”


Neighbourhood plans pass 200 mark

Neighbourhood plans have passed the 200 mark following support for local plans in three referendums in Herefordshire.

According to the government, this is on top of more than 1,900 communities across England, covering nearly 10 million people, who have started to get their own plans in the place.

Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis said: “By giving communities new powers we have removed the outdated system, which often saw local areas pitted against developers. And it is clear that more and more people are getting involved with determining how the future of their area will evolve for future generations.”


Plans submitted for maritime centre in Porthcawl

Plans for a new £7 million development on Porthcawl’s harbour side have been submitted to Bridgend County Borough Council.

Porthcawl Harbourside Community Interest Company submitted the application through its agent, John Matthews Planning & Development Consultancy.

Plans for Porthcawl Maritime Centre include internal and external sea and water sports facilities, a Waver Rider surf machine and training pool, and new headquarters for the National Governing Body of Surfing in Wales.

Additionally, a Coast Life Centre, providing education and research space, would be developed in partnership with Swansea University. The scheme also includes a gallery, amphitheatre and outdoor performance space, conference facilities, business pods and accommodation.

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