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News in brief: RTPI to host Twitter Q&A for IWD; £26m for vulnerable sleepers

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 5 March, 2019

RTPI to host Twitter Q&A for IWD

The RTPI will host a Question & Answer session on Twitter for International Women’s Day (IWD) on Friday 8 March.

The institute’s chief executive Victoria Hills MRTPI and vice-president Sue Manns FRTPI will be participating in the session.

It will take place between 4pm and 5pm.

You can see how the Q&A unfolds by following the RTPI – @RTPIPlanners.


£26m for vulnerable sleepers

Housing minister Heather Wheeler has announced a £26 million fund that aims to help vulnerable people sleeping rough to find accommodation.

Councils will be able to bid for the extra investment, which can be used for local schemes that help people sleeping rough and struggling with mental health problems or substance misuse into a home as a priority.

The government said the schemes could, among other things, establish dedicated lettings agents for rough sleepers to provide homes, advice and support.

The funding forms part of the government’s rough sleeping strategy.


Dacorum seeks views on planning document

Dacorum Borough Council has revised its Statement of Community Involvement and wants feedback on the proposed changes in the draft document.

It outlines the council’s standards for involving the community in the planning process and identifies the way they will be achieved. It sets out how and when the council will involve different groups, organisations and the community when the council produces planning documents and determines planning applications.

The deadline for comments is Sunday 14 April. More information can be found on the Dacorum Borough Council website.


Application submitted for Wolverhampton council homes

A planning application has been submitted to Wolverhampton City Council for the first new council homes as part of a transformation of the Heath Town estate.

Architects at Walker Troup have put forward designs for 16 four-bedroom homes and 24 two-bedroom homes on land off Hobgate Road and Tithe Croft. They will be the first of more than 300 new homes to be built for rent and sale on the estate over the coming years.
Once planning permission is granted, a contractor will be selected, with a view to building works starting this autumn.

The new homes will be a combination of one and two-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom bungalows, and two, three and four-bedroom houses.

The application is part of the revised Heath Town Masterplan and follows an extensive demolition programme of buildings, some of which had been vacant for years. It is part of a major development programme, with the Housing Revenue Account business plan making provision for £157.3 million to create around 800 new council homes across the city over the next five years.


373 homes green-lit in Manchester

Manchester City Council has granted planning permission for a new residential development at Swan House in the city centre.

Submitted by Avison Young’s planning team on behalf of Cable Swan Ltd, the application comprises 373 new homes, 12 serviced apartments and ground-floor commercial units. These will be delivered across buildings of 31 and 13 storeys.

Of the units, 5 per cent will be made available on-site at an affordable private rent, with these units being tenure blind, pepper-potted throughout the development, free from service charge, and specifically marketed to key workers in Manchester.


Cinema and homes coming to Beeston

Broxtowe Borough Council has secured a deal to bring The Arc Cinema to Beeston town centre. This forms part of its plans to create a hub of leisure facilities and new homes to the area.

The eight-screen cinema forms part of a mixed-use development that will include a greater choice of food and drink outlets and 132 new homes. Negotiations continue on 50 per cent of the commercial units available for food and drink outlets and the sale of the residential site has been agreed.

Richard Jackson, leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, said: “This is a significant milestone in Beeston’s development, which we are excited to announce. We have been in negotiations with three leading cinema operators for several months and selected Arc Cinema because of its approach to delivering high-quality screenings tailored to local communities.”

The scheme is the second phase of a £50 million development that involved the refurbishment of the shopping precinct, new and improved public transport connecting the town to the NET tram network, more retailers, cafés and a gym.

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