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News in brief: Plans to extend Cheshire town submitted; ‘Paragraph 79’ home approved

Words: Laura Edgar
Congleton illustrative masterplan / Richborough Estates

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Plans to extend Cheshire town submitted

Plans for a 53-acre site north of Congleton, Cheshire East, have been lodged with the council.

The outline plan is for 185 homes, 28 acres of commercial employment land and 1.7 acres of retail provision.

Land promoter Richborough Estates submitted the plans. It said the development would have “dual frontage to the Viking Way extension which forms part of the Congleton Link Road connecting the A54 and A456, as part of the infrastructure objectives for Congleton and Cheshire East”.

The site is also part of the wider North Congleton Masterplan, while delivering a sustainable urban extension is a key objective of Cheshire East Council’s emerging local plan.


‘Paragraph 79’ home approved

Ryedale District Council has granted planning permission for a ‘Paragraph 79 house’ in Ampleforth, North Yorkshire.

The house has been designed to be zero carbon and will use a wide range of measures to achieve high thermal efficiency and on-site renewable generation.

Ethical Partnership acted as planning consultants for the scheme, and were responsible for the preparation and submission of the planning application. Sadler Brown Architects were responsible for the design of the housing and Rural Solutions designed the landscape.


Council appoints firm to develop vision for town

Kingston Council and Kingston First have appointed Arup to develop a vision for the town centre.

The study will consider the opportunities and challenges facing Kingston town centre and aims to identify its future employment, cultural, education, business, transport and regeneration offer. The outcomes should support growth in the borough over the next 15 years.

The partnership will review options for the town centre, including how key sites like the Cattle Market Car Park, Surrey House and Eden Quarter, can meet these challenges.

Study findings will be developed into a strategy taking into consideration national trends in retailing, technological advances, and population growth, said the partnership.


221 homes approved in Ebbsfleet

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s planning committee has approved a Bellway Homes scheme that includes 221 homes.

86 are houses and 135 apartments, with 30 per cent are as affordable. Three of the homes will be designed to be wheelchair-accessible.

The homes will be delivered on a former chalk quarry site near Ingress Park at London Road and Tiltman Avenue in Swanscombe.

The development will deliver a play park and new pedestrian and cycle routes, as well as provision for charging electric vehicles. Solar panels are included across many of the buildings.


Society concerned about redevelopment plans in Midlands city

The Twentieth Century Society has outlined its concerns about plans to redevelop the grade II listed former Civic Centre in Coventry, the latest “in a long line of serious threats” to the city’s post-war architectural heritage.

The heritage campaign group’s senior caseworker Grace Etherington said: “The way Coventry was rebuilt after the devastation of the blitz during World War II was completely visionary and a defining period in the city’s history and yet, apart from the cathedral, little is being done to protect this important period of architecture.

“Coventry will be the UK City of Culture in 2021 and Historic England has designated a Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) covering the city centre. Despite this level of interest, post-war buildings are still being neglected. The city’s Historic Buildings Trust, which receives investment from the HAZ, has not worked with any post-war buildings. Coventry has been awarded further funding through the Historic High Streets scheme managed by Historic England, however, all available money has been ring fenced for pre-1939 buildings. The widespread disregard from those in a position to help is deeply disappointing, particularly as the council has been without an in-house conservation officer for the past two years. These appalling plans for the listed Civic Centre are yet another example of the city’s failure to properly protect its post-war heritage.”

One scheme causing particular concern would see the former Architecture and Town Planning Department’s studio block at Coventry University enveloped by a new building, designed to include references to the city’s medieval past under plans by architects Broadway Malyan. These are at consultation stage.

Image credit | Richborough Estates