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19/03/2019

News in brief: Sale regeneration approved; Consultants appointed for Tamworth regeneration

Words: Laura Edgar
Regeneration of Sale town square / Barton Willmore

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 19 March, 2019

Sale regeneration approved

Trafford Council has approved plans to regenerate Sale town centre.

Malonview’s proposals for the Square Shopping Centre include 3,400 square metres of retail and leisure space, a 2,000 square-metre six screen cinema, and up to 202 residential units – including provision of affordable units.

The cinema and new restaurants will be clustered around new open space.

Barton Willmore secured approval of the plans.

 

Consultants appointed for Tamworth regeneration

Tamworth Borough Council has appointed property regeneration consultant AspinallVerdi to lead the delivery of a ‘commercially robust’ masterplan for the Gungate site in the town.

The wider team includes masterplanners Broadway Malyan, cost consultant Gardiner, and Theobald and CampbellReith, who will have responsibility for transport and engineering.

The site is a key regeneration priority for the council, following a stall in the development of the site because of the recession. It is hoped that development of the site will encourage greater use of the town centre, as well as bring new investment into the local economy. Most of the site is currently in use as a surface car park.

In 2018, the council bought a large area of the site from the former development partner to help unlock development, while Staffordshire County Council owns land to the north of Spinning School Lane, and is working with the team as partners.

 

Waltham launches redevelopment plan

The London Borough of Waltham Forest has announced plans to redevelop its civic campus as part of an ambitious regeneration programme and service transformation plan.

The work forms part of the council's ‘Creating Futures’ corporate strategy and it has launched plans to move forward with the procurement process.

The plan will see staff from 10 older, less efficient council offices across the borough move into new office space on the town hall campus site. The land unlocked by this move, and land gained by demolishing the magistrates’ court, will then be used for housing – 50 per cent of which is to be affordable.

Significant investment into the historic buildings will see the grade II-listed Town Hall, Assembly Hall and fountain protected and preserved.

Expressions of interest have been invited through the London Development Panel (LDP2) from a select group of developers with strong track records of delivering high-quality schemes.

 

360 Hugglescote homes approved

North West Leicestershire District Council’s planning committee has approved a reserved (detailed) matters application 360-home scheme in Hugglescote.

The scheme was approved in outline in December 2014, which designated 7.5 per cent of the homes as affordable.

The homes will be located on land off Grange Road, which is included in the local pan and forms part of the wider south-east Coalville development. This area has been earmarked for up to 3,860 homes.

The reserved matters application includes a small area of land reserved for a possible extension to Hugglescote doctor’s surgery, areas of public open space, and two children's play areas.

 

1,200 Hartlepool homes green-lit

Hartlepool Borough Council has granted planning permission for up to 1,200 homes on an 83.5-hectare site at High Tunstall, Hartlepool.

A section 106 agreement was also secured by Prism Planning.

As well as the homes, the development will provide a neighbourhood centre, a primary school, a new distributor road and open space. To accord with the then emerging local plan, (adopted in May 2018) the scale of the proposed development was reduced from the original 2,000 homes and 118-hectare site proposed.

The planning application, submitted four-and-a-half years ago, required an Environmental Impact Assessment, a Habitats Regulation Assessment, a Transport Assessment and detailed archaeological investigation.

 

Community projects to receive CIL cash

Money from Brent Council’s Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) fund has been allocated to 30 community projects.

The NCIL fund is made up of 15 per cent of the money the council collects from new developers, and is allocated twice a year.

This round of funding sees see money go to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, the Sickle Cell Society and St Catherine’s Community Hall in Neasden.

Projects to receive funding include:

  • £248,000 for Citizens Advice Brent to build a fully accessible community hub in Willesden, with access to PCs and better interview rooms.
  • £150,000 to create more spaces for local groups at St Catherine’s Community Hall in Neasden and to improve community facilities.
  • £133,958 for the Sickle Cell Society to construct a fully accessible ground-floor space that will be used for focus groups, events, and for individuals and families to drop in for confidential support and advice.

Image credit | Barton Willmore

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