Log in | Register

News in Brief: Pickles refuses 100-home appeal, Battersea scheme approved

Words: Laura Edgar

News in Brief: Tuesday 23 December, 2014

Pickles refuses 100 home appeal

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has refused an appeal for 100 homes proposed for a site that has not been allocated in an emerging neighbourhood plan in Staffordshire. The application by Burton and South Derbyshire College was to build 100 homes on open land on the outskirts of Rolleston on Dove. East Staffordshire Borough Council refused permission and although, on appeal, the planning inspector recommended approval, Pickles placed “very substantial negative weight” on the potential prejudicial effect that granting permissions might have on Rolleston on Dove’s neighbourhood plan.

Housing estate will affect tourism – locals

Tourism in Morecambe Bay will be affected by a housing estate that has just been granted planning permission by South Lakeland District Council, according to residents. The council approved the 64-home development on land just off Thornfield Road despite Grange-over-Sands residents arguing that it will affect the town’s economy. The development will incorporate 35 per cent affordable housing, something councillors said the town was in need of. The development will, say residents, diminish views of Morecambe Bay.

Battersea Park East scheme granted permission

Wandsworth Council has granted Taylor Wimpey planning permission to build a 290-home mixed-use development in south London’s Nine Elms district. The plans include the demolition of several low-rise buildings and the building of a new primary school. The homes will range from studio apartments to family homes with an affordable housing provision of 60 homes.

Tottenham regeneration scheme agreed

The masterplan for the regeneration of the High Road West area of Tottenham has been agreed by Haringey Council. It proposes that five distinct areas are created across an 11-hectare site, as well as a provision of 1,200 homes, including new homes for all of the residents living in the existing 297-home Love Lane estate. One area, White Hart Lane, will be of retail and mixed-use, incorporating existing heritage buildings and new community buildings. The council will now work to secure a development partner for the masterplan, which is subject to planning permission.

1,400 wind turbine projects submitted in Scotland

As new figures show nearly 1,400 applications have been submitted to install wind turbines in 18 months, the Scottish government has been accused of making wind energy too great a priority. Under a freedom of information request, Scottish Conservatives reveal 185 applications have been made to councils for developments with a minimum of three turbines. Rural councils have received the majority, while neither Edinburgh City Council nor Glasgow City Council received one. Murdo Fraser, energy spokesperson for the Scottish Conservatives explained submissions to rural councils showed little sign of easing and that the SNP has "ludicrous" targets for wind energy, putting strain on council planning departments. Energy minister Fergus Ewing said the claims were “sheer hypocrisy” and that the Scottish government remains committed to releasing Scotland’s onshore wind energy potential.