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News in brief: Prince of Wales continues as RTPI patron; City council to use CPO for key site

Words: Laura Edgar
Grand Theatre / City of Wolverhampton Council

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 10 September, 2019

Prince of Wales continues as RTPI patron

Prince Charles has agreed to be patron of the RTPI for another term, the institute has announced.

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills said: “As patron of the RTPI since 1989, His Royal Highness has inspired us with his strong belief and work in the creation of genuinely sustainable and resilient communities both in the UK and internationally.

Over the years, the RTPI has worked with The Prince’s Foundation on a number of projects, such as the international Planning for Rapid Urbanisation initiative and the Beauty in My Back Yard online resource.


City council to use CPO for key site

The City of Wolverhampton Council has announced that it will exercise its Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) powers on the owner of the former Post Office building in Lichfield Street.

The site has not been used for several years. It forms part of the council’s city centre regeneration plans.

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre has an aspiration to expand its premises to the neighbouring site for theatre, education and hospitality uses. In March, the theatre had a detailed planning application approved and the council said its intention is to exercise its CPO powers, as the development is likely to contribute to the improvement of the economic, social or environmental wellbeing of the area.


Council homes to be built at Northstowe

Affordable council homes are to be developed at new town Northstowe.

Homes England has chosen South Cambridgeshire District Council to provide 81 affordable rental properties at the first neighbourhood in the town.

All of the homes will be built using modern methods of construction (MMC).

The council will work with developer Urban Splash to deliver the project, which will include 60 homes specially designed for residents over 55. All 81 homes will be either one or two-bed and available at affordable rents.

The apartments will form part of a 406-home site Urban Splash is delivering at Northstowe, all of which will be built at the developer’s factory in Alfreton, Derbyshire.


Hull to invest in public realm

Hull City Council has announced that it will invest a further £1.2 million to improve the public realm in the city centre.

The money will spent on improving areas on Brook Street and Prospect Street, as well as the links with the St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Prospect Centre and the proposed Albion Square development.

The work is the third phase of public realm improvements in the city.

Contractors can now submit a tender for the works, which are due to begin in October and should be completed by next summer.


Ebbsfleet acquires land

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has bought its third piece of land for the garden city.

The site is within the Grove Road area in Northfleet. This follows two previous land purchases in Northfleet and Gravesend.

The latest land purchase is the first step in the corporation’s aim of creating a new riverside residential quarter near Ebbsfleet United Football Club.

Following a public consultation last year, the corporation said the plans could include 450 new homes – a third of which would be affordable – restaurants, employment space, new and improved roads, a new park and better access to the River Thames.

In 2018, 530 homes were approved on an adjacent site in nearby Northfleet West.


Industrial development approved in Yorkshire

Detailed planning consent has been granted for a two-unit industrial development scheme for a site at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

The units will be 45,876 and 59,159 square feet in size.

Trebor Developments and partner Hillwood agreed terms with Peel Investments earlier this year to acquire the site.

Work on site will start in November with the date for completion set for Q2 in 2020.

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