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News in brief: RTPI briefing on EU Withdrawal Bill; New Aberdeen football stadium approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 30 January, 2018

RTPI briefing on EU Withdrawal Bill

The RTPI has sent a briefing to the House of Lords for today’s debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill.

It states that the UK is a world leader in environmental protection and the vote to leave the European Union (EU) was not a vote to change its world-leading status.

The briefing notes that the RTPI believes a new joint body should be established to scrutinise and enforce the implementation of environmental laws and policies by the UK and devolved governments.

The briefing can be found on the RTPI website.


New Aberdeen football stadium approved

Councillors at Aberdeen City Council have granted planning consent for a new £50 million stadium for Aberdeen Football Club, as well as associated facilities.

The approval will see the old stadium at Pittodrie replaced by a 20,000-seat ground and training academy at Kingsford, Westhill. The application also comprises a football academy including outdoor pitches, and landscaping and engineering works at West Kingsford.

Councillors supported the recommendation, voting 32-9 in favour of the new stadium. The approval is subject to a number of conditions, as well as the operation of a public transport steering group.


Mixed-use development in Glasgow approved

Glasgow City Council has granted planning permission for a mixed-use quarter in Glasgow.

The masterplan for Central Quay, a seven-acre brownfield site on the western edge of the city centre, includes 400 new homes, over 300,000 square feet of office space, a 150-bed hotel, food and retail units and public realm provision.

The site is owned and managed by Harbet Management Corporation (Europe) LLC and XLB Property. Both were advised by GVA and CBRE. The masterplan was designed by architects Kepping Design.


Pennywell regeneration approved

The City of Edinburgh Council has approved the next phase of regeneration at the Pennywell Living development.

The application, by regeneration firm Urban Union and planning consultancy Barton Willmore, includes 315 dwellings, landscaping, and associated drainage and infrastructure.

The homes comprise 175 flats and 140 houses, of which 134 will be for private sale.

The plan is the third stage of four at the development. In total, more than 700 homes will be delivered and work is expected to be completed in 2023.


East London regeneration scheme approved

Tower Hamlets Council has granted approval for a canalside residential scheme at Imperial Street in Bromley-by-Bow.

It was designed by bptw partnership and Pitman Tozer Architects.

The scheme was commissioned by landowner and property developer Lindhill Properties Ltd. It forms the first phase of design proposals within a large masterplan, a development in collaboration by five landowners across the site.

The existing scaffolding yard will be replaced by 407 homes, comprising a mix of tenure and typology, and a series of ground-floor commercial spaces.

Neighbourhood plan submitted for Longdon

Longdon Parish Council has submitted a neighbourhood plan for the Longdon Neighbourhood Area to Lichfield District Council.

This is the eighth community to reach this stage of the neighbourhood planning process.

The Longdon Neighbourhood Plan outlines how the area could be shaped in future. If approved, it will form part of the council’s local plan.

A six-week consultation will now be held for the community to submit its views. The consultation closes on 9 March 2018.

Comments will be collated and then submitted to an independent examiner.

The plan can be viewed on Lichfield District Council’s website.


Gloucestershire site sold with permission for housing

Land in Gloucestershire with planning permission for 95 homes has been sold to developer Bellway Homes.

The 13.5-acre site at Tutshill Corner, Chepstow, was sold by development agency Fisher German on behalf of Gladman Developments and the landowners.

To meet a requirement set by the Forest of Dean District Council, 40 per cent of the homes built will be affordable housing.

The site is close to a number of primary and secondary schools.


Three developments approved in Warsash

Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee has granted planning permission for three separate housing developments on land east of Brook Lane, Warsash.

Bargate Homes will build up to 140 new homes, Taylor Wimpey up to 85, and Foremand Homes up to 180.

Chairman of the planning committee, Nick Walker, said: “Committee members had to balance the loss of these areas of countryside against the borough’s urgent need for new housing. The decision to grant planning permission was subject to public open space and facilities being provided on site, financial contributions being paid to carry out improvements to the highway network and ensuring that affordable housing will be provided. The developers will need to submit full details of the design and layout of all of the sites to this council for approval before any building works take place.”