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News in brief: RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2017 entries closed; 60-bed Cheshire care home approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 10 January, 2017

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2017 entries closed

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2017 have now closed for entries and the shortlist will be announced on 7 February.

The RTPI said it had received a record number of submissions for the awards, across all categories, with an overall increased of 37 per cent.

Booking for the awards ceremony will open on 7 February.


60-bed Cheshire care home approved

Cheshire East Borough Council has approved LNT Care Development’s application to build a 60-bed care home on the site of the former Red Lion Hotel in Nantwich.

The facility is expected to provide residential and dementia care for those aged 65 and over.

Construction is due to start in June 2017 and is predicted to be completed by May 2018.

Christine Cooper, project director at LNT Care Developments, said the project is great news for the local area as it will create 50 jobs.

“The facility will incorporate intelligent dementia design and be eco-friendly by benefiting from ground source heat pumps, solar thermal panels and LED lighting keeping utility costs low.”


Government to announce support for Swansea lagoon

Plans for a tidal power lagoon in Swansea Bay are expected to be supported by a government-commissioned report this week, according to The Guardian.

A review of the project was ordered last year, the results of which are expected to be published on Thursday (12 January).

Former energy minister Charles Hendry led the review.

Read more on The Guardian website.


Kier granted £42m by HCA

Kier Living has secured £41.9 million from the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA) to build just over 1,700 shared ownership homes in England over the next four years.

The contract is part of a £1.28 billion first round allocation from the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme 2016 – 2021.

The programme supports rent-to-buy homes as well as shared ownership.


Khan announces new low-emission bus zones

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced plans for 10 more low-emission bus zones, which would see the “greenest buses” on the capital’s most polluted routes.

These aim to cut nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and form part of Khan’s plans to tackle pollution in the capital.

The new routes include Edmonton, Stratford and Haringey, bringing the total number of low-emission zones to 12. Putney High Street and Brixton have previously been announced as zones.

The zones are expected to reduce NOx emissions from buses along the routes by about 84 per cent.


Ealing regeneration project approved

Ealing Borough Council’s planning committee has approved the third phase of the transformation of Green Man Lane.

The phase has been designed by Conran and Partners for joint developers Rydon and A2Dominion.

The phase is expected to provide 136 new homes as well as completing a central public courtyard, which was started during the second phase of the development. The third phase also comprises a new civic square.

The regeneration of the Green Man Lane estate will see the replacement of 464 existing local authority flats over a five-hectare site with more than 770 mixed-tenure homes ranging from one to four bedrooms.


Europa Way application submitted in Warwick

A reserved matter application has been submitted to Warwick District Council for the first phase of infrastructure and landscaping works on land between Myton Road and Europa Way.

The plans have been put forward by Catesby Property Group on behalf of the Europa Way Consortium.

They comprise a new signalised junction to Europa Way, a tree-lined central avenue and landscaped green corridor.

The infrastructure work aims to support the future development of the site in line with the district council’s local plan, including up to 735 new homes and a neighbourhood centre. It will be known as Myton Green.

Outline planning permission was granted for the scheme in September 2015. This infrastructure work aims to enable the early phase of new homes to be delivered by spring 2019.


Buyer secured for Birmingham development site

Real estate consultancy GVA has secured a buyer for a residential development site in Birmingham.

House builder Redrow bought the site, an 11.5-acre former playing field that has not be used for a decade.

GVA’s planning team also helped Redrow secure planning permission from Birmingham City Council last year.

The site is just off Knightlow Road in Harborne. Plans include 63 homes and an area of on-site public open space.

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