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News in brief: Sites sought for national park’s local plan; Masterplan for area of Ebbsfleet approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 12 January, 2021

Sites sought for national park’s local plan

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has invited people to put forward potential sites for new housing in their towns and villages.

The body has sent emails to about 400 organisations, including parish councils.

The public and landowners are encouraged to take part in the consultation, which closes on 26 February.

The consultation can be found here on the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority website.


Masterplan for area of Ebbsfleet approved

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has backed a residential masterplan for one of the main areas of Ebbsfleet Garden City.

The site is a former cement works, which closed in 2008.

Northfleet Embankment West will extend the existing Northfleet community, providing up to 532 homes, including up to 160 affordable houses and apartments, three parks and a community centre. 

The scheme proposed would open up part of the River Thames, creating a waterfront promenade and providing a network of pedestrian and cycle routes. It includes up to 160 affordable houses and apartments. The wider site would accommodate employment buildings and waterfront bars and cafés.

The site forms part of the corporation's strategic Northfleet Riverside site, for which Keepmoat Homes has been granted planning permission for 600 homes.


Contract awards valued at £4.9bn

The value of contract awards in November 2020 was £4.9 billion based on a three-month rolling average.

This is a 0.2 per cent increase on October 2020, but 9.1 per cent lower than November 2019.

The statistics, published by Barbour ABI, show that contract award numbers decreased by 17.9 per cent in November 2020 to 715 compared with 871 in October.

London was the leading region with 16.8 per cent of awards and a total of 77 projects. The North West accounted for 16.3 per cent of awards and 98 projects. The third largest region was the South East with 13.9 per cent of awards.

The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review can be found on the Barbour ABI website.


Application submitted for Nottingham

Proposals for a scheme comprising hotels, co-working space, apartments, green public realm and leisure facilities have been submitted to Nottingham City Council.

Phase 1B is the flagship of The Island Quarter development.

Permission is sought for a 223-room hotel and 247 residential apartments, which received outline planning approval in April 2019.

Richard Watson, of developer Conygar, said: “The Island Quarter is one of the biggest city centre regeneration schemes in the UK, and we believe it is vital for the development to bring something outstanding to Nottingham, for which the city and the Midlands can be proud of.

“It is an ambitious project – unmatched across the UK. The scheme will raise the profile of Nottingham, so we are working closely with our team of architects and designers to create a lasting legacy and community for Nottingham.”

Hotel operator IHG has committed to bring two of its brands to this development – Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites.

More information can be found on the Island Quarter website.


Purfleet receives government funding

Purfleet-on-Thames has received £75 million of funding from the government to support the regeneration of its town centre.

The money comes from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).

Thurrock Council, in conjunction with development partner Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited – a joint venture between Swan Housing Association and developer Urban Catalyst – submitted a bid to Homes England for funding in 2018.

The funds will be used by Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited to pay for key infrastructure provision in the early phases of development, including roads and a pedestrian and vehicular bridge over the railway line. It will also support land acquisition, remediation and site preparation works.


Funding for missing cycleway link

Highways England has announced that it will invest £630,000 in a missing link on one of the National Cycle Network’s key routes.

The funding will make the A36 Southampton Road in Salisbury, between College Roundabout and Bourne Way Roundabout continuous. The 800-metre cycle way will reduce the need for detours, dismounting or cycling within the carriageway.

The link forms phase two of the scheme; previous work introduced a route from Petersfinger Park and Ride to Bourne Way Roundabout.

Work, which has already begun, includes footpath widening, reconfiguration, new signs and lining, and high friction surfacing at entrances.

It is expected work will be complete by the end of March this year.

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