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News in brief: Telford council extends permitted development rights; Plans for snow centre in Wiltshire

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 13 February, 2018

Telford council extends permitted development rights

Telford & Wrekin Council has extended permitted development rights for homeowners who want to extend or alter their property by introducing a Local Development Order (LDO).

The council has widened the scope of its LDO to include the addition of porches, thermal cladding and dropped kerbs, as well as single-storey, first-floor and two-storey rear or side extensions.

Applications under the LDO will be administered by the newly launched apT Group, which is the Midlands’ first in-house commercial development, planning, and environmental consultancy operating in the public sector.

apT Group will work with developers, residential homebuilders, and individual homeowners, and will also sell its services to clients outside Telford and in other local authority areas including Shropshire, Cheshire, and the wider West Midlands.

The council said the LDO was introduced to simplify and speed up the development process so that applicants don’t have to apply for planning permission for projects that meet specific criteria.

Homeowners or agents will be able to apply for a Certificate of Compliance, which can be submitted with a building regulations application.

For developments that meet the criteria, certificates could be issued within two weeks rather than the usual eight-week timeline of a planning application.

Restrictions apply for properties that are listed or that are within a World Heritage Site or a conservation area, added the council.


Plans for snow centre in Wiltshire

Plans for a new indoor snow centre and leisure destination have been submitted to Swindon Borough Council.

They have been submitted by FaulknerBrowns Architects on behalf of Seven Capital.

The 2,000 square metre snow centre would feature two real-snow slopes, while plans for the project also comprise a 12-screen cinema, a bowling alley, an indoor trampolining centre, a 130-room hotel, shops and restaurants.

The project would be built on former industrial land to the north of Swindon town centre, known as the North Star site. It was previously occupied by the Great Western Railway Works.


Khan launches Living Rent scheme

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a London Living Rent scheme in the Royal Docks.

He has invested £6.8 million in The Sugar Works development at Royal Wharf, Silvertown, where housing association L&Q will deliver 243 London Living Rent homes.

The development forms part of the deal struck between Khan and L&Q last year to build 12,000 “genuinely affordable” homes.

The Sugar Works development comprises a range of homes from studios to four-bed homes. Rents are up to 50 per cent cheaper than local market rents, and range from £730 a month for a studio flat and £821 a month for a one-bed flat up to £1094 a month for a four-bedroom property.

Residents are set to move in from this week.


New streetscape for Bankside

Better Bankside, the not-for-profit Business Improvement District (BID), has installed a new streetscape on Lavington Street, at Bankside in London.

The project, which is temporary and a trial, implements an experimental one-way traffic operation and uses the road space freed up to extend pavements using a specially commissioned modular ‘boardwalk’ structure.

The experimental project could be on site for up to six months, during which period Better Bankside said it would analyse the impact on how the street is used by walkers and drivers.

The Bankside Boardwalk, designed by SE1-based transport consultancy Steer Davies Gleave, was funded by a £73,260 grant from Transport for London and a £15,000 donation from a local landowner.

If successful, the project will be rolled out in other areas of London.


Community-led housing adviser training to be set up

The National Community Land Trust (CLT) has received funding that aims to help increase the number of communities-turned-housing developers.

The £180,000 from the Nationwide Foundation will enable the development of more robust and widespread infrastructure to support the sector’s growth and ensure that communities have access to the “best specialist” advice, irrespective of their location.

Local councils, housing professionals and architects will benefit from increased resources and training opportunities that will be available because of the funding, said the National CLT Network.

The proposals, developed by the National CLT Network, involve a specialist training and accreditation programme for the sector, growing the support that it is available across the country, and the creation of a centralised community-led housing website.

Leigh Pearce, chief executive at the Nationwide Foundation, said: “We envisage a future where community-led housing is thriving and where many more people, especially those in housing need, are living in homes that have been created by the community. Yet we know that the availability of help can make or break whether a much-needed scheme can get off the ground. We want to ensure that community groups wanting to deliver community-led housing can realise their vision and ultimately enable local people to establish settled lives, close to family and employment.”


PLATFORM_ to develop in Scotland

Developer and operator of private rented housing PLATFORM_ is to develop in Glasgow after acquiring a two-acre brownfield site in Central Quay.

The site was purchased from Harbert Management Corporation and XLB Property, who secured planning permission for the Central Quay masterplan last month. The transaction was brokered by GVA.

PLATFORM_ will now deliver more than 400 purpose-built rental homes on the site, which will be constructed around a landscaped courtyard and come with a host of on-site amenities such as concierge, residents’ lounge and gym. The apartments will overlook the River Clyde and sit just to the west of the city centre.

The development forms part of the Central Quay regeneration, which includes 300,000 square feet of office space.

Glasgow-based architects Keppie Design designed the plans.


Brentford schemes approved

London Green and joint venture partner Topland Group have been granted planning permission for two linked projects in Brentford, west London.

The London Borough of Hounslow approved the redevelopment of the former police station in Brentford town centre, as well a new housing scheme on the nearby Albany Riverside site.

The redevelopment of the former police station site includes 105 new homes – 57 per cent of which have been designated as affordable. It also ends a long-running search for a new home for the Watermans Arts Centre. Both the new arts centre and homes have been designed by architects Pollard Thomas Edwards.

The Albany Riverside project involves the demolition of a disused office building, as well as the existing Watermans Arts Centre, and the creation of 193 new homes designed by Duggan Morris. Plans also include a ground floor café and improvements to the Thames Path.


Carter Jonas appointed to assist Highways England

Highways England has appointed property consultant Carter Jonas to its national property management, enquiries and sales and estates contract.

The consultant will manage more than 900 assets across the commercial, rural and residential sectors for a period of up to three years.

The portfolio has an asset value of over £100 million.

Under the contract, Carter Jonas will also undertake acquisitions and disposals as well as providing landlord and tenant, professional advisory and treasury services.

The appointment begins on 1 April.

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