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News in brief: Solar farm consultation on Anglesey; Cash for Bristol regeneration

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 29 June, 2021

Solar farm consultation on Anglesey

Enso Energy Ltd is seeking views on its plans for a solar farm and energy storage facility on land in central Anglesey.

Alaw Môn Solar Farm, located to the south of Llyn Alaw, would comprise the construction and operation of a grid connected solar farm with energy storage. It has a proposed operational life of 40 years.

It is estimated that the solar farm would supply up to 160 megawatts (MW) of clean renewable electricity to the National Grid – the equivalent to the electricity demands of approximately 33,935 homes each year.

More detail about the scheme will be available at a virtual webinar on Tuesday 6 July 2021 at 6pm. The consultation closes on Wednesday 4 August 2021.

More information can be found on the Enso Energy website.


Cash for Bristol regeneration

Legal & General has announced that it will invest £350 million into Bristol Temple Island, which will be regenerated into a new urban quarter. The terms have been agreed with Bristol City Council.

There will be a focus on social inclusion through affordable housing, training and employment opportunities. Regeneration of Temple Island intends to support the city’s plans to ‘build back better’ and to help create 2,000 new jobs.

The UK’s pensions and savings will be used to drive economic growth in the region, with Temple Island set to complement the wider Temple Quarter partnership, which includes Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and Network Rail.

The scheme has been designed by Zaha-Hadid Architects (ZHA). It will include a large-capacity conference centre and exhibition space, a 345-room hotel, 550 new homes, 220 of which have been designated as affordable, and two grade A office buildings.


Hertfordshire appoints partner for urban extension

Hertfordshire County Council has selected Urban&Civic as the master developer for the £500 million Baldock North Urban Extension Project.

The partnership will work to deliver up to 3,300 homes alongside commercial uses and associated infrastructure, including new schools and a country park.

Its proposal features the delivery of strategic infrastructure, payments to the council and strategies to deliver a scheme that integrates with the existing town of Baldock.

The appointment was made through a competitive dialogue process managed on the council’s behalf by Carter Jonas’ Strategic Land team and with legal advice from Sharpe Pritchard.


London council to get £750,000 in funding

Waltham Forest Council has announced that its bid to the One Public Estate (OPE) and Land Release Fund programmes was successful and it has been awarded £750,000 from the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The funding will be used to move forward property projects in the borough.

Leyton Mills Area Regeneration has been awarded £225,000 from the Office of Government Property, part of the Cabinet Office, to undertake masterplanning and to provide an urban design strategy and development framework.

The plans, which would deliver 3,700 homes, are for vacated land in Leyton and the key strategic sites that surround it – an area of over 25 hectares.

MHCLG awarded £528,000 from its Land Release Fund to part-fund the redevelopment of the former Wood Street Library. This includes a families and homes hub and 67 homes, 50 per cent of which will be affordable for local people.

The funding will be used to undertake site enabling works before construction starts.


Lichfield bids for government funding

Lichfield District Council has submitted a bid for £5 million to the government’s Levelling Up Fund. This is part of its strategy to fund the development of Lichfield’s new leisure centre.

The proposed leisure centre will be built at Stychbrook Park in Lichfield, subject to obtaining planning permission.

Work is continuing around the park to survey ground conditions in preparation for the drawing up of outline plans and public consultation later in the year.

Liz Little, cabinet member responsible for major projects, said: “The new leisure centre is vitally important to the future of the city and the district and represents so much more than just building. I believe our bid articulates an exciting vision, that this new facility, alongside Burntwood Leisure Centre, will become a focal point for helping increase participation in leisure and sport across our district, helping tackle health issues and creating a new hub for the community to complement existing facilities."


Parliament to debate housing-with-care

MPs will hold its first formal debate on the housing-with-care sector this week (1 July).

The debate was secured by Jim Shannon MP and will take place from 3:15pm.

It will focus on the way in which housing-with-care offers a new, innovative model for delivering care, and keeping older people active and healthy for longer.

Shannon is one of 18 official parliamentary supporters for retirement communities, which spans six different political parties and groupings.

Michael Voges, executive director of ARCO, said: “We’re really pleased that the housing-with-care sector will finally be getting the parliamentary attention it deserves. This represents a huge milestone for our fast-growing sector which is ready to play a key role in the UK’s social care system in future.”

He said he hopes that the debate “spurs the government action that we need to see for the housing-with-care sector to transform the lives of many more thousands of older people”.


Housing for NHS staff approved

Barnet Council has approved Community Health Partnerships’s (CHP) plans for one of the country’s first homes for NHS staff schemes in Finchley, North London.

The plans comprise up to 130 homes for NHS staff, with 100 per cent of the homes being affordable. The homes will be primarily for rent but there will be some available for shared ownership.

They also include communal facilities in which NHS staff can socialise, car and cycle parking, and publicly accessible, landscaped spaces with trees, vegetation and planting to improve biodiversity.

The homes will be built on land next to Finchley Memorial Hospital that was originally part of the hospital itself but has been identified as being surplus to clinical requirements.

CHP, a company wholly owned by the Department of Health and Social Care, acquired the site in 2013 when the local Primary Care Trusts were abolished.

CHP was advised by planning and development consultancy Montagu Evans.


Consultation begins on LEZ in Scottish capital

Edinburgh City Council is seeking public views on proposals for a low-emission zone (LEZ) in the city centre.

The LEZ would require all motor vehicles, other than mopeds and motorcycles (and exempted vehicles), to meet minimum emissions standards to enter the zone freely. Those that don’t will be subject to penalties that start at £60.

The council intends to introduce the LEZ by spring 2022. A two-year grace period would be in place to allow people to adjust.

The LEZ consultation will close on 20 September. It can be found here on the council website


Car depot to be redeveloped

Featherstone Homes Ltd has set out plans to deliver 19 homes on the site of a former car breakdown and recovery depot in Bermondsey, Southwark.

The £5.4 million development in Lynton Road will involve the demolition of the existing depot to make way for a four-storey apartment block building.

The homes will have either one, two or three bedrooms, and the block will have a ‘green’ roof terrace and a play area for families with young children.

Shawbrook Bank is supporting the scheme with a £5.4 million development finance loan.

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