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News in brief: RTPI sees its numbers swell; Deal agreed to deliver 43 homes in Warwickshire

Words: Laura Edgar
Increase in students become licentiate members of the RTPI / iStock-696418376

A round-up of planning news: Wednesday 6 January, 2021

RTPI sees its numbers swell

The RTPI has announced that its membership has reached 26,000 – a record.

This includes continued growth in the student and affiliate categories.

The institute also reported an “excellent” take-up of the new chartered town planner apprenticeship, with more than 200 apprentices currently studying at 10 universities across England. Of these, 65 per cent are female, more than 80 per cent are employed in the public sector and more than half come from families where neither parent has a degree.

Read the full story here on The Planner website.


Deal agreed to deliver 43 homes in Warwickshire

ilke Homes has agreed a deal with Midlands landlord whg to deliver 43 factory-built homes in Southam, Warwickshire.  

The four-acre brownfield site already has outline planning permission.  

All 43 homes will be affordable, and will be built using modern methods of construction. ilke Homes secured the site from a private landowner and will manufacture the homes for whg subject to full planning permission.

The homes will be manufactured at ilke Homes’ factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, before being completed on site in Southam.

The company intends to make a reserved matters planning application immediately.


West Yorkshire devolution before Parliament

The order for West Yorkshire’s devolution deal has been laid in Parliament by regional growth minister Luke Hall.

The region is seeking to become a mayoral combined authority. Subject to parliamentary approval, elections for a mayor will take place on 6 May 2021.

The mayor would have control over an annual £38 million investment fund, and powers over transport, education, housing and planning.

It was laid before Parliament on 17 December.


Edinburgh Park Southern Phase approved

The City of Edinburgh Council has granted approval for a masterplan for the southern phase of Parabola's Edinburgh Park development.

The firm was advised by Montagu Evans.

Plans set out the creation of a new community and “architectural exemplar” at the park’s southern edge.

The detailed planning permission includes:

  • 43,000 square metres of commercial space including a significant commercial hub and public square at Edinburgh Park railway station.
  • 1,737 new homes, predominantly apartments; affordable, private residential and build-to-rent options will be offered.
  • 25 per cent affordable housing.


Kennington homes approved

Lambeth Council has granted planning approval for a mixed-use development of 139 rental homes and more than 2,700 square metres of light industrial workspace in the north of the borough.

The proposals have been drawn up by Connected Living London (CLL), which is a partnership between Grainger plc and Transport for London (TfL), and have been designed by architects Hawkins\Brown.

The development will be located on a site currently being used to facilitate the delivery of the Northern Line Extension, which is within walking distance of Vauxhall, Kennington and Oval Tube stations.


Recycling centre plans submitted

A full planning application has been submitted to Stockport Borough Council for the redevelopment of Climax Works in Reddish, Stockport.

Manchester-based P4 Planning submitted the application on behalf of Elsa Recycling Group, a family-run waste recycling company.

It will expand the firm’s existing operations to help the company to operate more efficiently.

In 2019, Elsa acquired Climax Works, a site immediately adjacent to its current location. The application is for the redevelopment of both pieces of land in order to provide better on-site circulation and the storage required to operate more efficiently and with a lower impact on the local highway network and neighbours.


£104,888 for Scottish heritage projects

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has awarded £104,888 of funding to a number of projects from its Historic Environment Support Fund.

The projects include Scotland’s oldest surviving astronomical observatory.

Nine heritage projects will receive funding. The work being carried out by the recipients will benefit communities across the country, said HES.

The fund is used to support one-off, heritage-related projects in Scotland and has been running since 2016.

A list of the projects to receive funding can be found here.


Modular housing scheme approved

Bristol City Council has granted planning permission for 185 modular homes in Lockleaze.

Legal & General Modular Homes developed the scheme in conjunction with Bristol City Council. It will see two, three and four-bedroom houses, as well as one and two-bedroom apartments, developed on land at Bonnington Walk.

Of the homes, 50 per cent have been designated as affordable housing. It is intended that these should become part of Bristol City Council’s affordable housing stock.

All homes have been designed to achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ‘A’ rating.

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