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News in brief: Potential for 2,000 rooftop extensions in Southwark, research suggests; Edinburgh councillors to consider revised plan timetable

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Potential for 2,000 rooftop extensions in Southwark, research suggests

Research indicates that 2,000 viable new rooftop homes could be built across Southwark.

The study was conducted by rooftop developer Fruition Properties and Knight Frank. It involved the development of geoprocessing tools that could test sites for development viability and identify unobstructed frontages.

According to the companies, there are more than 500 sites in Southwark that have the potential for a minimum of four homes to be built above existing properties.

Southwark Council owns about a quarter of these sites.

Mani Khiroya, managing director of Fruition Properties, said: “Developers need to adopt data, technology and modern methods of construction to make the delivery of homes more efficient.

“We know there is clear potential in Southwark, however, this process could be rolled out across other London boroughs or indeed other UK cities. It could help local authorities determine housing policies and rooftop development site designations while helping to tangibly deliver against residential housing targets. Collectively, I call for the industry to come together and help unlock the potential of our rooftops.”


Edinburgh councillors to consider revised plan timetable

The City of Edinburgh Council's planning committee will consider tomorrow (2 December) a revised timetable for a plan that aims to build a more sustainable future for the capital.

If the committee gives its backing to the timetable, the proposed City Plan 2030 will be considered at February’s planning committee meeting.

The proposed plan was originally due to be considered this month, but has been delayed as some technical reports have not been completed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The revised timetable is:

  • Proposed plan goes to planning committee – February 2021
  • Six-week period of representation – February/March 2021
  • Consider and submit the proposed plan – summer 2021
  • Examination – autumn/winter 2021
  • Adopt City Plan 2030 – spring 2022

Before the February 2021 meeting, all 1,800 responses to the public consultation on ‘Choices for City Plan 2030’ held earlier this year will be considered.


Views sought on next steps for the Dacorum Local Plan

Dacorum Borough Council has launched its consultation on the Emerging Strategy for Growth, which is the next step to creating the new Dacorum Local Plan 2020-2038.

The consultation will run for 10 weeks, closing on Sunday 7 February, 2021.

In support of the Emerging Strategy for Growth, the council has published an interim sustainability appraisal, which assesses the potential social, economic and environmental implications of this strategy.

More information on the local plan can be found on the Dacorum Council website.


Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation appoints CEO

David Lunts has been appointed as the chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC).

He took over the role as interim chief executive last year.

Currently executive director of housing and land for the Greater London Authority (GLA), Lunts has worked on housing policy and delivery in national, regional and local government for over 20 years. He established and then led the GLA’s housing and land function, devolved to the Mayor of London in 2012.

Lunts said: “I am hugely excited by the massive regeneration prospects for Old Oak and Park Royal over the next few years. With over a billion pounds of investment in the High Speed Two interchange station, Old Oak Common is set to become the heart of the best-connected place in West London, with tremendous scope to bring new homes, jobs and leisure for local people and newcomers alike.

“Although I am sad to be leaving my brilliant housing and land colleagues at the GLA, I’ve been really impressed with the passion and skills at OPDC, and am looking forward to working with them, and the mayor, to deliver this extraordinary regeneration opportunity.”


Feltham Magistrates’ court to be redeveloped

The London Borough of Hounslow Council has approved plans to regenerate the former Feltham Magistrates’ Court into 28 homes.

Developer and real estate company MCR Property Group is behind the plans, together with its project partner architect rg+p.

Built in 1902 as Feltham Town Hall, the Victorian building has been derelict since 2016, but will now undergo a significant conversion to see this landmark building brought back to life. The mixed-tenure project seeks to preserve the historic character of the locally listed building.

Two and three-bedroom properties will be built for private sale and discount market sale of 32 per cent. Seventeen studio flats and apartments will be developed within the old Magistrates’ Court alongside 11 apartments and maisonettes in the new-build elements. The scheme includes a private roof terrace for residents, eight car parking spaces, including two for electric vehicles, and 52 cycle spaces.

The court is located on Hanworth Road in the town centre.


74 homes approved in Bristol

Bristol City Council has granted planning permission for 74 homes in Lockleaze, Bristol.

The homes will be built on a brownfield site along Constable Road and Crome Road by housing provider Abri (formerly Yarlington and Radian). The firm expects construction of the new homes to start in spring 2021.

Of the properties, 50 per cent will be affordable (17 for social rent and 20 for shared ownership), while the other half will be available for open-market sale. They will be a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom houses, one and two-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom bungalows.

The homes will include renewable technology, such as air source heat pumps, which transfer external heat into the home. Provision is also being made for electric vehicle charging points and cycle parking stores for 144 bicycles.

Turley provided planning services for the scheme.

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