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News in Brief: SNP manifesto, 2,000-home planning application

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 21 April, 2015

SNP wants more UK-wide affordable housing

The Scottish National Party (SNP) manifesto calls for more affordable housing in the UK and the scrapping of the bedroom tax. Stronger for Scotland pledged the SNP’s support for Help to Buy and stated that the party “will invest in an annual house building target across the UK of 100,000 affordable homes a year”. The party would like to ensure that the “promises made during the referendum are delivered” and that the Smith Commission is quickly delivered in full. It also says the SNP will “seek agreement that the Scottish Parliament should move to full financial responsibility”.

2,000-home application submitted in Warwickshire

The planning application, submitted to Stratford-on-Avon District Council, is for the first phase of a new settlement that will include 2,000 homes. The application is for land adjacent to Lighthorne Heath, a village near Gaydon in Warwickshire. Identified in Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s emerging core strategy, the 140-hectare site is the first phase of a 300-hectare development on the M40 corridor.

Council sets changes for new CIL

From 1 July, the way developers in Dacorum contribute towards local facilities will become simpler, as Dacorum Borough Council’s new Community Infrastructure Levy comes into effect. Government policy changes mean that on some types of development developers will pay CIL on each square metre of development. Dacorum Borough Council’s charging schedule is one of the first to be adopted in Hertfordshire. James Doe, assistant director for planning and regeneration at the council, said: “Our charging schedule has been carefully devised to ensure there is appropriate investment in the local community’s infrastructure whilst supporting new development and growth in the area. The CIL will help balance the impact of development on our communities, ensuring that we have funds to help provide the local facilities that residents want and need without lengthy, complex legal negotiations.”

New Dundee village given green light

A new village comprising 365 homes is to be built on the outskirts of Dundee after councillors approved plans. Springfield Properties’ Dykes of Gray development, on the east of the city, will include a community hall, a primary school, nursery, play areas and a retail centre.

Solar power tree to be switched on

A 15ft-high solar-panelled tree will be switched on in Bristol today. Designed by John Packers and Bristol-based Demand Energy Equality, the Energy Tree will provide free mobile phone charging points and Wi-Fi. The exhibit at Bristol Science Centre is part of the Bristol’s year as European Green Capital.

Image courtesy of John Thompson & Partners