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News in brief: Scottish planning consultation ends soon; Framework to improve infrastructure resilience launched

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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 28 March, 2017

Scottish planning consultation ends soon

The consultation on the reform on Scotland’s planning system has entered its final week.

The Scottish Government launched the consultation in January 2017. It includes proposals to align community and spatial planning.

Planning minister Kevin Stewart said: “This consultation outlines major proposals for improving Scotland’s planning system, and so I’d urge everyone with an interest in planning – developers and businesses, professionals and local authorities, communities and members of the public – to use this opportunity to tell us what they think.”

The consultation, Places, People and Planning, runs until Tuesday 4 April. It can be found here.


Framework to improve infrastructure resilience launched

Cities need to overhaul their approach to risk management if infrastructure is to be more resilient to catastrophic events.

Future Cities: Building Infrastructure Resilience, by Lloyds, a specialist insurance and reinsurance market, and engineering consultancy Arup, suggests that while risk management remains a priority for cities, it is not enough on its own or by an asset-by-asset basis.

The report warns that the city officials, investors and insurers will need to build resilience within and between infrastructure systems as a “complementary approach to address infrastructure risk and uncertainty”.

It sets out three ways to help guide the planning, design, construction and operation of core city infrastructure to help them cope with disasters:

  • Prevent failure: make city infrastructure more resilient to shocks so that even if parts of it fail temporarily, the overall system still works.

  • Expedite recovery: examine ways in which infrastructure can be restarted as quickly as possible post-disaster to save lives and prevent further failures.

  • Transform performance: replace damaged infrastructure with a more resilient version as part of the rebuilding process.

The report can be found here.


Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Government proposes own amendment to protect pubs

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has tabled an amendment to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill that removes permitted development rights from pubs.

This amendment would be in line with Lords amendment 22, agreed during the bill’s report stage.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark’s (Lab) amendment sought to ensure the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 removes permitted development rights from pubs.

A document listing the amendments, published ahead of the bill’s ping pong stage, states that amendment 22 would “remove any planning permission which is granted by a development order for development consisting of a change in the use of any building or land in England from a use within Class A4 to a use of a kind specified in the order”.

Further to this, it removes any planning permission that is granted by a development order for a building operation consisting of the demolition of a building in England that “is used, or was last used, for a purpose within Class A4 or for a purpose including use within that class”.

Read more here.


Council looking for garden village delivery partner

Fareham Borough Council has published an invitation for bids from developers and investors across Europe to become the delivery partner for a garden village.

The council said it is seeking to appoint a creative delivery partner that shares its vision for Welborne Garden Village.

Applicants will need to demonstrate a track record in delivering high-quality, large-scale developments with an “emphasis on design excellence”.  Experience of providing superior public open spaces and community facilities is a key requirement.

The invitation to bid notice was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 22 March 2017. The council is aiming to appoint a delivery partner by the end of 2017.

Earlier this month, The Planner reported that Buckland Development Ltd has lodged a planning application for Welborne Garden Village, featuring proposals for 6,000 homes, with Fareham Borough Council.


Work on Midlands industrial development begins

Infrastructure and remediation work has started on site at Kingpin, Tyseley, a £20 million development comprising industrial and warehouse units on a 13-acre canal-side site in Birmingham.

When complete, the project is expected to deliver over 200,000 square feet of B1, B2 and B8 warehouses and manufacturing units.

It is being delivered by H2O Urban, a joint venture company owned 50 per cent by the Canal & River Trust and 50 per cent by private developer bloc.

Funding for the site has been provided by Ropemaker, the property arm of BP Pension fund.

A & H Construction has been appointed to build out the scheme.

The first unit is planned to be completed by June 2017.


£1.6m Newport housing investment

Newport City Homes has announced that it will invest £1.6 million in a new housing site in Bettws, Newport.

The site in Monnow Way will include 11 new family homes (nine two-bed homes and two three-bed homes) and a bungalow equipped for those with disabilities, with two allocated car park spaces for each property.

Newport City Homes has hired Blaenavon-based contractor P&P Building to help develop the site.

Work is due to start this spring.

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