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News in Brief: RTPI international award will celebrate work of overseas members; Redevelopment of Lord’s stand approved

Words: Laura Edgar
Lord's Cricket Ground

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 10 November, 2015

International award will celebrate work of overseas members

The RTPI has launched a new award for Excellence in International Planning, which will features as a category in the 2016 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. Peter Geraghty, chair of the RTPI International Committee, said: “It will recognise the huge and very positive contribution planners are making to sustainable development around the world. We are looking for projects which have made a positive contribution in areas such as community engagement, resilience to climate change, housing, urban design, public transport and infrastructure, and environmental protection. With RTPI members working in over 80 different countries I am expecting the competition to be our inaugural winner to be fierce.” Information on the criteria for the award can be found here (pdf) and on how to enter can be found here.

Redevelopment of Lord’s stand granted approval

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has been granted planning permission by Westminster City Council to redevelop the south-western corner of Lord’s Cricket Ground. The South-Western Project is phase two of the Masterplan for Lord’s. Key components of the scheme include a new Tavern & Allen stand; a new Thomas Lord Building and a new Tavern pub. The earliest that work will begin on the project in its current form will be autumn 2019 as Lord’s needs to be free of building works during that summer for the ICC Cricket World Cup. Work for phase one – the redevelopment of the Warner Stand, began in September.

Regeneration of Manor Place Depot in Walworth granted

A resolution to grant planning permission and listed building consent for the demolition and redevelopment of Manor Place Depot, Walworth, has been secured for Notting Hill Ownership by Turley. The plans, approved by Southwark Council, will see 270 new homes built, with buildings ranging from two to seven storeys high. The plans also include 3,730 square metres of commercial floor space. Designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE), it will see the refurbishment of the existing Grade II listed Pool House and Wash Houses at 33 Manor Place, the former Coroner’s Court at 17-21 Manor Place, and the disused railway arches that run through the site. 33 Manor Place will be converted into 10 residential units and 2,254 square metres of commercial floor space.

Sargeant opens Rhyl flood defence works

Natural resources minister Carl Sargeant visted Rhyl, Denbighshire, to officially open the West Rhyl Coastal Defence Scheme, which reduces coastal flood risk to more than 2,700 properties. The work includes a new coastal revetment and wave walls protecting both households and businesses in the town. A new, widened promenade provides amenity space for those visiting the beach, “helping to further regenerate the area”. The total cost of the coastal works is just over £15 million, with over £10 million coming from the Welsh Government, £4.7 million from European Regional Development Fund, and £520,000 from Denbighshire County Council.

Flood decision sought in Dumfries

Councillors are being asked to back a scheme aimed at tackling long-standing flood risk in the Whitesands area of Dumfries. A petition was launched against original plans for an embankment in the area. A raised walkway with a glass wall on top is being proposed as the “optimal solution” for the problems caused by the River Nith overflowing. The cost of the project would be about £15 million and it is expected to be completed by 2019.

Plans for student housing tower submitted

Plans have been submitted to build a 16-storey student accommodation tower in the centre of Newcastle. If the scheme is passed a four-storey office block, Technopole Building, which is considered to “under-occupied”, will be demolished. Put forward by Crosslane Student Living, the proposals are for 462 student bed spaces made up of 168 studios and 294 bed spaces arranged in clusters.