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News in brief: Social housing fund set to keep Scotland fit; Teignbridge District Council  approves sea wall plans at Dawlish

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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 23 April, 2019

Social housing fund set to keep Scotland fit

A new social housing fund for improved walking and cycling facilities is available to housing associations and tenement residential properties across Scotland to encourage and support active travel within communities.

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) is working in partnership with Cycling Scotland, Living Streets Scotland and Sustrans Scotland to provide £950,000 in funding from the Scottish Government.

Social housing providers can apply for grants of up to £25,000 for a range of infrastructure proposals, including cycle parking shelters, street furniture such as seating, litter bins, bollards and planters, as well as improvements to access points and lighting.

Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, said: “This has been designed as a high-impact fund which will provide greater sustainable transport options and offer healthier lifestyle choices within Scottish communities – with a particular focus on improvements in our most deprived areas.

“With our experienced active travel delivery partners partnering with the SFHA, this initiative is well placed to benefit social housing providers and communities across the country – and directly contributes to our ambition to build an active nation, ensuring as many as possible can enjoy the benefits of walking and cycling.”


Teignbridge approves sea wall plans at Dawlish

Teignbridge District Council has approved Network Rail’s plans to deliver a new sea wall at Dawlish to provide increased protection from extreme weather and rising sea levels for the next 100 years. 

Construction work on the new sea wall will begin at the end of May. 

Mark Langman, managing director for Network Rail’s western route, said: “Our plan for the new sea wall will minimise its impact on Dawlish seafront while providing the appropriate level of protection from extreme weather for the railway and the town.

“We are now looking forward to commencing work on site at the end of May. However, work will stop during the peak summer season, so it does not affect the main tourism season. We will also continue to update and engage with the local community as we continue with this vital work.”


Tungsten Properties receives approval for West Sussex warehouse

Horsham District Council has approved plans submitted by Tungsten Properties for a 24,000 square foot detached warehouse building at Oakwood Business Park in Southwater, near Horsham and Gatwick, West Sussex.

The 1.77-acre site at Oakwood Business Park is one of the final plots at the park. Construction of the new industrial and logistics unit will begin in June 2019 and will be suitable for B1 light industrial and B8 storage and distribution operations. It will also provide a secure yard for car parking and landscaping.

Jeff Penman, managing director at Tungsten Properties, said: “The new warehouse will offer much-needed supply to the burgeoning demand in the A23/A24 corridor area, south of Gatwick Airport, providing a future occupier and their employees with a high-quality mid-box industrial unit.”


Environment Agency appoints Arup for delivery framework

The Environment Agency has appointed engineering firm Arup to lot 1 of the new Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF) to create better places for people and wildlife in the North East and Midlands regions.

The framework is part of the agency’s Next Generation Supplier Arrangements (NGSA). NGSA aims to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of capital projects through greater collaboration with delivery partners.

The projects will include flood risk management, water resources, habitat creation, fisheries improvement, coastal resilience and navigation schemes. It will also include provision of professional services related to emergency preparedness and incident management. The framework has a duration of four years, with the option to extend to eight.

Toby Willison, executive director of operations at the Environment Agency, said: “This ambitious new framework will help us to continue to deliver our £2.6 billion flood and coastal defence programme in a way which ensures that sustainability, efficiency and value for money remain at the very heart of the work we do to protect people, homes and the environment.

The CDF takes effect countrywide from April 2019.


Affordable housing receives green light in Lewisham

Archio and Lewisham Citizens have received planning permission for 11 affordable homes as part of an estate infill development.

The homes on Brasted Close will be constructed on the site of a series of disused garages.

The project will be 100 per cent affordable, with each of the Community Land Trust (CLT) homes sold at a price linked to local wages. This means that one-bed homes will be £192,000, and two-beds will be £244,000, less than 50 per cent of the market price for homes in the same neighbourhood.

Archio was selected by the residents and members of the community through a public workshop, which resulted in a vote for their favourite practice. Archio proposed a three-to-four storey building that faced onto a landscaped courtyard, with rectangular balconies that zig-zag across its front façade. Located on a highly constrained site, the building has a stepped profile to address the change in height between the surrounding developments and has been carefully positioned to fit into the existing layout of the estate, while minimising impact on neighbouring residents and the school.

Calum Green, co-director of London Community Land Trust, said: “This is a great example of how communities can get together to build the affordable homes our city needs. It also shows that involving people in design almost always leads to a more thoughtful, considered building.”

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