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News in Brief: Ratho affordable homes, Oxford train station expansion

Words: Laura Edgar
Oxford train station

A round-up of UK planning news: Tuesday 3 February, 2015

Ratho affordable homes

The City of Edinburgh’s housing leader, Cammy Day, has opened a new £2.5 million affordable housing development in Ratho. The Mooring consists of 19 energy-efficient properties, with one to three bedrooms, that will soon be available for social and intermediate rent. The development also includes a two-bedroom flat designed for wheelchair users. The properties, built by CALA Management Ltd, were delivered by Link Group, which will also manage them.

Thanet railway station plans on show

Plans for a new £14 million railway station in Thanet - to be linked to London’s Stratford International - have been unveiled. Kent County Council said passengers will be able to travel from Thanet Parkway to London in about an hour from 2019. The plans include two unstaffed platforms, a car park and road connections to the A256 and A299. The project has been provisionally awarded £10 million and the council has committed £1.5 million. 

Oxford train station expansion

Network Rail has submitted plans to Oxford City Council that include lengthening the platforms. This would allow Chiltern Railways’ extended trains to stop at the station. Forecasts suggest that 3.3 million more passengers will pass through the station by 2026 compared with 2011. The Chiltern trains will have nine carriages rather than four to cope with demand. 

Derby flyover plan consultation

Three Derby roundabouts that have just been remodelled could be remodelled again as part of a £220 million scheme. The Highways Agency has put forward plans for flyovers and underpasses at Markeaton, Little Eaton and Kingsway junctions on the A38, despite £4 million being spent to ease congestion in the area last year. Officials said that in 10 years’ time, the road could be carrying 10,000 more vehicles a day. Last year’s works drew criticism for causing delays and overrunning. A consultation is currently taking place on the plans and will run for six weeks.

Airfield may become garden village

A 1,000-home garden city could be built on Deenethorpe Airfield, north Northamptonshire. The plans are for between 1,000 and 1,250 homes and also include a hotel, a school and business park. The scheme has been included in the draft Core Strategy for north Northamptonshire.