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News in brief: RTPI announces new fellow; Rental homes approved in Bournemouth

Words: Laura Edgar
Build-to-rent in Bournemouth / Summix Capital and Evolve Estates

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 8 June, 2021

RTPI announces new fellow

Helen Cuthbert, founding director of consultancy Planning Potential, has been elected to fellowship of the RTPI.

Fellowship is only awarded to chartered members who have made a “major personal contribution” to the planning profession for the benefit of the public.

Cuthbert has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector, with a particular focus on retail, leisure and residential development. She has acted as an expert witness at many public inquiries, dealing with policy, design and amenity issues.

Cuthbert said: “My career path was set when I heard an inspirational talk, delivered by a female town planner, 30 years ago when I was at school. I’m passionate about the town planning profession and think the vital role we all play in shaping communities is often underestimated.

“I have been a proud member of the RTPI for many years and, having established my own planning consultancy in 2005, we now employ 25 chartered town planners.

“News of my election as a chartered fellow is a huge honour. I am very happy with the career choice I made and hope I will continue to support and inspire young planners to enter our profession and understand the value of our role in society.”


Rental homes approved in Bournemouth

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council has granted planning consent for a build-to-rent scheme in Bournemouth town centre.

The development will comprise 211 homes available for rent alongside new commercial facilities, retail space and landscaping improvements on land adjacent to the Richmond Gardens Car Park (see image above).  

It also includes 362 cycle spaces and car club parking to encourage sustainable travel.

The permission was granted to Summix Capital and Evolve Estates.


Regeneration programme plans submitted in Scottish capital

The City of Edinburgh Council’s project team has submitted detailed plans for a new multi-use community hub at MacMillan Square in partnership with North Edinburgh Arts (NEA).

It is part of the council’s continuing multimillion-pound regeneration programme in North Edinburgh. The hub will be the flagship building at Macmillan Square, which is currently being developed to provide a new square, 154 affordable homes, 13 retail units and a community room.

Designed by Richard Murphy Architects, the hub will be a place to learn, work, meet people, learn new skills and to have fun.

The building will accommodate an early-years centre for 185 children, a new library and additional space for North Edinburgh Arts.


Council to seek views on draft local plan

Three Rivers District Council is urging residents to have their say on the potential sites allocated for future homes in a new draft local plan after the proposals for consultation were backed at annual council at the end of May.

Three Rivers has a housing target of delivering more than 600 new homes a year up to 2037/38, calculating using the new method. The previous target was 180 new homes a year. Sarah Nelmes, leader of Three Rivers District Council, will again seek agreement from the government for a lower number of new homes in the district.  

She said: “We need to plan ahead for significant new development in the district. Many of our families are worried about the affordability and supply of homes for their children and future generations, and the pressing need for affordable housing, schooling, and community facilities in the district.

“But it is not possible to provide the government’s target for additional homes without causing disproportionate harm to existing communities as a result of building on much-needed accessible open space.”

The consultation period is due to start on 11 June 2021 and run for six weeks.


Winery approved in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Council has granted planning permission for plans to replace existing agricultural buildings with a winery at Carvers Hill Farm in Shalbourne, Wiltshire.  

Winemaking and storage facilities, areas for wine tasting and a viewing platform to observe the vineyard to the south of the site, will be delivered. It is expected that the proposal will create a number of jobs for local people.

Nexus Planning secured the permission on behalf of the landowner of the farm.


Darwen homes to go-ahead

Blackburn with Darwen Council has approved plans for 343 new homes on land at Ellison Fold Way in Darwen.

Of the homes, 67 will be affordable grant-funded. The 343 homes will be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes with off-street parking.

The permission is subject to a s106 agreement that will see £1.5 million pumped into local highways and education.

Consultants Pegasus Group secured the approval on behalf of East Lancashire housebuilder McDermott Homes.


Self-storage building approved in East London

The London Borough of Newham Council has approved plans for the redevelopment of a site at Claps Gate Lane with a new self-storage building and an industrial building. The application has now been referred to the Mayor of London for approval.

The site is adjacent to the Beckton Triangle Retail Park. The scheme comprises around 12,000 square metres of internal floor space in use classes E/B2/B8: an 8,832-square-metre self-storage building and a 3,331-square-metre industrial building.

The self-storage unit is set to be operated by Attic Self-Storage and will be its fifth operational store in London.

Image credit | Summix Capital and Evolve Estates