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News in brief: RTPI publishes international working guide; Coal Exchange plans set to be approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 28 February, 2017

Guide for international working published

The RTPI has published its first guide to working internationally.

A guide to working internationally contains general information, tips and relevant contacts for working in planning around the world.

The guide is aimed at individual members and independent consultancies looking to expand beyond the UK and Ireland.

Peter Geraghty, chair of the RTPI international committee, said: “Planning is an international profession and our members’ skills and experience are highly sought after around the world. We’ve noticed a growing interest from our members in working outside of their home country and think they’ll find this guide an incredibly valuable resource.”

The guide can be found here (pdf).


Coal Exchange plans set to be approved

The first phase of work on the conversion of Cardiff’s Coal Exchange building into a new hotel and spa is set to be approved by councillors tomorrow (1 March).

Signature Living, the developer, has submitted a listed building application for work on the grade II listed property in Cardiff Bay.

Work started on site last year to restore and preserve the existing structure of the building after Signature Living signed an agreement with the City of Cardiff Council to acquire the property in April 2016. The change-of-use application was approved in July.

The company’s latest application covers internal and external work to create about 170 hotel rooms, a reception area, function space, restaurants, bars and spa.

A report about the application states that the works proposed would be “beneficial to the building”.


Peckham brownfield development approved

The London Borough of Southwark has granted planning permission to ColladoCollins to redevelop an underused brownfield site on the west side of Rye Land in Peckham.

The 1,160 square metre site will provide a mix of 22 homes as well as two communal gardens.

The plans will maintain the site’s existing retail and commercial frontage and develop the unused space behind.


Work to start on large Somerset scheme

Taunton Dean Borough Council has approved the reserved matters for the first two phases of a major development on the edge of Wellington in Somerset.

The scheme, at Jurston, is part of a mixed-use urban extension.

Planning consultancy WYG secured the permission, which follows on from the company gaining approval for outline planning permission for the whole scheme.

The full scheme consists of 650 homes, 25 per cent of which have been designated as affordable, new roundabout access served from the A38, a new primary school and shops.

Work is expected to start on site this summer.


Funding announced for Derry air link

The UK Government has announced £3.8 million of funding for a Londonderry to London air route.

This follows the decision by current operator Ryanair to stop serving the link at the end of March.

BMI Regional has been chosen as the preferred operator for the route between the City of Derry Airport and London Stansted, following a tender process by Derry City and Strabane District Council.

The service will include two return flights each day, except Saturdays, when there will be one flight each day.

Tickets will go on sale from 9 March 2017 and flights will begin on 2 May 2017.

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