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News in brief: Rise in electricity from renewable energy; Portland House extension approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 1 October, 2019

Rise in electricity from renewable energy

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy statistics indicate that 35.5 per cent of the UK’s electricity was generated from renewables in the second quarter of the year – a rise of 3.5 per cent from the same period last year.

The department notes that “wind generation was the driving factor”. Onshore wind generation increased by 13 per cent, while offshore wind generation was 25 per cent higher than during the same period of the previous year.


Portland House extension approved

Westminster City Council has granted detailed planning permission for the “repositioning and revitalising” of Portland House in Victoria, London.

Plans will see existing office space refurbished and the outside façade refreshed. A 15-storey extension will be built on the west wing of the existing building.

The building was designed and completed in 1962 by Howard Fairburn and Partners. It will be regenerated by Gensler.


Application submitted for mental clinic in York

Schoen Clinic has submitted plans for a £13 million facility to treat mental health patients at The Retreat, York.

Plans include 3,500 square metres of floor space within a three-storey building, built on 2.46-acre site. It will have 46 beds.

Reflecting the heritage of the area, local materials including brick and York stone will be used for the development, while the structure has been adapted to protect nearby trees.

The specialised facility would primarily serve the local community and expand the two existing services.


Edinburgh launches legal challenge over marina plans

The City of Edinburgh Council has said it will take legal action over the Scottish Government’s decision to approve the extension of the masterplan for Edinburgh Marina.

Ministers have recently overturned three separate planning rejections from the council, including proposals for 100 apartments known as The Moorings.

The council confirmed with Scottish Construction Now that it has begun court action.

Edinburgh Marina Holdings told the outlet that it is surprised that the council is taking the decision to court.

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