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News in brief: Silvertown Tunnel decision delayed again; Land with permission sold in Coalville

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 7 November, 2017

Silvertown Tunnel decision delayed again

Transport minister Paul Maynard has announced that a decision on a development consent order (DCO) to build a road under the River Thames in East London has been delayed until 10 May 2018.

An initial decision was due on 11 October, but when the day came Maynard announced a one-month extension to 10 November.

Now, the deadline for a decision has been extended for the same reason – “to enable further consideration of the effect of the scheme on air quality (including its compliance with the updated UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations published by government on 26 July 2017)”.

Jenny Bates, air pollution campaigner at Friends of the Earth, welcomed the decision. “Alternative ways to relieve congestion from the Blackwall Tunnel exist. If the mayor is serious about dealing with London’s toxic air, he must take this chance to abandon this damaging scheme and instead invest in ways to help people walk, cycle and access public transport more easily.”  


Amy Lamé bids to protect London’s culture venues

Guidance aimed at protecting, supporting and sustaining the London’s night-time venues has been published by the city’s Night Czar Amy Lamé, one year on from when she joined the mayor’s team.

The guidance is for local authorities and developers, providing them with “urgently needed” support to safeguard the capital’s night-time economy and culture venues.

The guidance notes how local authorities can ensure that new homes built in their area can co-exist with current live music venues, night clubs and pubs. It says planning, licensing and noise teams should work together.


Land with permission sold in Coalville

An 18-acre site with outline planning permission has been sold in Coalville to housebuilder Avant Homes.

Development agency Fisher German acted on behalf of the landowners to tender for a land promoter before selecting Gladman, which secured outline planning permission for up to 180 homes. The firm bought the site to market before agreeing a multimillion-pound deal with Avant Homes.

The housebuilder has submitted a reserved matters application for the site, which is based off Greenhill Road and expected it to deliver 161 two to five-bedroom family and affordable homes.

Work is expected to being on site in December, with the first homes available for purchase in June 2018.


Reigate & Banstead local plan to be considered for consultation

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s executive is set to consider the next stage of the council’s local plan for consultation and submission to the secretary of state.

Consultation on it was also held last year.

The plan sets out where in the borough new homes, businesses, shops and facilities should go up until 2027. Policies also seek to protect the area’s character and heritage.

If agreed by the executive, the plan will be referred to full council on 14 December for approval, with the statutory Regulation 19 consultation expected to take place in the new year.

The plan will then be submitted to the secretary of state.


Ultra-low emission zone to start in 2019

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that an ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) will be introduced in central London from 8 April 2019.

This follows the launch of the Toxicity Charge in October.

The ULEZ will replace this from April 2019.

There will also be two ULEZ charge levels: £12.50 a day for cars, vans and motorbikes, and £100 a day for lorries, buses and coaches. These charges will be in addition to the Congestion Charge.

All revenue raised will be used by Transport for London to help maintain a greener transport fleet and reduce pollution across the transport network, said Khan.


Office approved in Watford

Watford Borough Council’s development management committee has approved a mixed office and residential 23-storey building.

The building will be built on an area spanning Clarendon Road, next to Jurys Inn, and Beechen Grove.

It will replace the current office space, which has been empty since 1997, providing 126,110 square feet of grade A office space and 154 new homes.


Work on LPW Technology Ltd in Widnes approved

Halton Borough Council has granted planning permission for the completion of external works at the new LPW Technology Ltd headquarters at Venture Fields in Widnes.

The company produces metal powders and software solutions for the 3D printing industry.

The plans, produced by Black Cat Building Consultancy, aim to enable the fully serviced operation of the 65,000-square feet advanced manufacturing facility, which originally received planning permission in November 2016.

Nexus Planning secured the approval.


Report suggests offshore wind brings benefits across UK

As part of Offshore Wind Week, RenewableUK has a published a report showing how many parts of the UK are reaping economic benefits from the offshore wind industry.

Offshore Wind: Regenerating Regions – Investment and Innovation in the UK considers key regions in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, showing where projects are operating, being built or are planned. It also provides case studies of companies in each area, manufacturing turbine towers, blades, cables and other components as well as designing, constructing, operating and maintaining projects.

The report says UK-based companies provide nearly 50 per cent of the total content of British offshore wind farms, and that it is exporting its technology to a number of countries, including China, India and Taiwan.

The report can be found on the RenewableUK website.


Gilmorton homes approved

Harborough District Council’s planning committee has approved 43 homes in Gilmorton, Leicestershire.

The homes, which range from one-bedroom bungalows to five-bedroom family homes, including 14 affordable units, will be located north of Kimcote Road, opposite Gilmorton cricket ground.

Plans also include extensive areas of landscaped public open space, a play area, and recreational space.

Strategic land promotion company Richborough Estates secured the approval, undertaking consultation with the council, stakeholders and community groups.

Chartered surveyor and development consultant Wells Mcfarlane will manage the sale of the site on behalf of Richborough Estates.


Match-day parking rogue told to stop trading

The Planning Inspectorate has ordered a man who breached planning control by operating an event-day car park he didn’t have planning permission for to cease trading.

Supplied by Hallmark Trading Centre Ltd (HTL), the car parking spaces were rented out to provide parking to those attending events at Wembley National Stadium and Wembley Arena.

This is Brent Council’s first appeal against pirate parking in the borough. Shama Tatler, cabinet member for regeneration, growth, employment and skills, welcomed the decision.

“Following the redevelopment of Wembley National Stadium the number of car parking spaces at the venue was reduced from 7200 to 2900. The council wished to reduce car usage to alleviate congestion on local roads, promote more sustainable modes of transport and improve air quality.

“The use of the Hallmark Site, which is in close proximity to the stadium, for parking purposes was unacceptable and this decision has confirmed that our approach in serving the enforcement notice was correct.”

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