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News in brief: RTPI journal gets academic listing; Ombudsman Services withdraws from property sector

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 6 February, 2018

RTPI journal gets academic listing

The RTPI’s academic journal Planning Theory and Practice (PTP), published jointly with Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, has been accepted by Clarivate Analytics for inclusion in the Social Sciences Citation Index.

This means the journal is now ranked among the top planning journals in the field and will be included in the next Journal Citation Reports Impact Factor releases.  

Trudi Elliott, chief executive of the RTPI, which co-owns the journal, said: “The RTPI prides itself on advancing the art and science of spatial planning and the journal does this justice. This recognition would not have happened without the enthusiasm, creativity and dedication of everybody involved. PTP is very much the product of a great team: contributors, editors, our editorial board, staff and other supporters of the institute.”


Ombudsman Services withdraws from property sector

Ombudsman Services (OS) has announced that it will withdraw from complaints handling in the property sector.

It has instead launched a dialogue with consumers to help tackle an “imbalance in power” in the housing sector.

The not-for-profit organisation, which is the largest multi-sector Ombudsman in the UK, said it will work with charities, consumer groups, property professionals and the public on a major report on the creation of a single housing ombudsman for submission to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in the spring.

Ombudsman Services will now begin a managed withdrawal from the current schemes it operates for surveyors, managing agents, estate agents and letting agents by 6 August 2018.

It will consult with the public to understand “key pain points”.


University business school approved

Leicester City Council has approved two developments at the University of Leicester, which are part of the university’s £500 million estates investment programme.

The Brookfield campus, on London Road, will see a renovation scheme create a new home for its School of Business.

The historic 19th century Brookfield House, once home to Thomas Fielding Johnson, who was an original benefactor of the university, is at the centre of the London Road site. The original house and stable blocks will receive a comprehensive renovation and upgrade to bring them back to their former glory, according to the university.

The university will also redevelop an extension to the main building to provide a new lecture theatre and seminar rooms, alongside a full scheme of landscape improvements.

The second application approved will see an expansion of the university’s central campus Percy Gee building, which houses the Students’ Union.

Construction is due to begin in March and April, with contractors still to be announced.

Both schemes were designed by Shepheard Epstein Hunter with planning advice from Montagu Evans.


Worcestershire planning policy consultation

People across Worcester, Malvern Hills and Wychavon are being encouraged to have their say on new planning guidelines that will affect how housing and other developments take place over the next 12 years.

Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council have launched consultations on three new draft supplementary planning documents (SPDs) that set out proposed policies on renewable energy, water management and the financial contributions developers make to local infrastructure when they start building.

Once formally adopted, the three SPDs will support the South Worcestershire Development Plan, which sets out where new homes and employment development should take place up to the year 2030.

The SPDs cover renewable and low-carbon energy, water management and flooding, and developer contributions.

The consultations close on 16 March 2018. They can be found on the South Worcestershire Development Plan website.


Development for London fire station approved

The London Borough of Southwark Council has granted approval for the redevelopment of the former Southwark Fire Station and Grotto sites to create a large mixed-use scheme.

Architect ColladoCollins secured the permission on behalf of client Hadston Limited and in collaboration with Peter Taylor Associates.

The scheme consists of 199 residential homes, a 900-place secondary school plus a 250-place sixth form, as well as a sports hall and outdoor community green space.

Plans will see the grade II listed former fire station, built in 1777, refurbished to become home to 35 homes, while a 10-storey tower will house the rest of the residential units.

The homes will comprise one, two and three-bedrooms. The development will also feature 300 square metres of flexible commercial or community use space, which will front Southwark Bridge Road.

A new secondary school with a sixth form designed by Peter Taylor Associates, across 10,500 square metres, aims to address demand from the local community for new education facilities. The first phase of the school is planned to open in September 2019. Winchester House, another grade II listed property on the grounds, will be restored and used as a part of the new school building.


Residential development green-lit in Aldridge

Walsall Council has approved Silverlane Developments plans for Sunnyside Farm, Northgate, which comprise 62 units and open space.

The site lies in the West Midlands green belt, between Walsall Wood and Aldridge. It includes part of the Kings Hayes Fields Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). Part of the SINC will be relocated.

The 1.68-hectare brownfield site currently comprises a haulage yard, open storage, workshops, two residential properties and a paddock. The redevelopment will see one to four-bed properties through detached, semi-detached and terrace housing built, as well as an apartment block.

The scheme was designed by Sutton and Wilkinson Architects.


Plans for over 200 apartments submitted in Salford Quays

Planning consultancy Lichfields has submitted plans on behalf of developer Forshaw Land and Property Group for 216 apartments in Salford Quays.

The scheme, for Clipper Quay, has been designed by SimpsonHaugh.

The £45 million scheme outlines plans for a 34-storey building comprising commercial units on the ground floor, a residents’ gym, community room, landscaped areas, a pocket park, roof terrace, and car and cycle parking, as well as the apartments.

There would 54 one-bed, 152 two-bed and 10 three-bed apartments if approved.

Existing office space will be demolished to make way for the development.


Welborne Garden Village developments

A new railway station and custom and self-build plots could be coming to a new garden village in the South East.

Fareham Borough Council has been working with Network Rail to try to bring a railway station to Welborne Garden Village, which is currently in the planning stages.

The council commissioned a feasibility study in November, which was carried out by Network Rail engineers. It suggests that a railway station at Welborne would be well used. Potential sites have been identified along the existing Fareham to Eastleigh line and the recommended option is within the boundaries of Welborne itself.

The council is also working with the Right to Build Task Force to consider opportunities to include a range of custom and self-build properties as part of the 6,000 homes planned.

The advice from the Task Force will inform the planning application for the future development of the Welborne site by the promoter, Buckland Development Limited.

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