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News in Brief: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon contract awarded, Scottish Government on target for affordable housing

Words: Laura Edgar
Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 2 June, 2015

Griffiths wins tidal lagoon contract

Abergavenny-based Alun Griffith has been named as the preferred bidder for a contract worth £25 million by Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay. Griffiths’ work will include civil engineering for breakwater surfacing, roads, slipways, utilities and landscaping. A local workforce using locally sourced materials will complete the work, says Griffiths.

Housing and retail plans submitted in Walton

A planning application has been submitted to redevelop the former Walton Hospital site on Merseyside. The £25 million scheme, by Mulberry Homes, includes proposals for 195 new homes – affordable and private market – and an Aldi supermarket. Greg Mulligan, a director of Mulbury Homes, said: “Following consultation with local authority planners and the community, we’re pleased to be able to bring these exciting regeneration plans forward. Not only does this scheme increase the supply of housing locally, it also brings new shopping amenities to the area through our partnership with Aldi, revitalising a vacant site on a key gateway into Liverpool.”

Affordable housing target on track in Scotland

The Scottish Government is ahead of its five-year target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes by March 2016, according to new figures. As part of the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, 26,972 affordable homes have been delivered in the past four years. Figures also show that for the first quarter of 2015, 1,677 social sector homes have been completed. Housing minister Margaret Burgess said: “Housing is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s ambitions to create a fairer and more prosperous country and the supply of affordable housing is a key priority. The figures for the first quarter to the end of March 2015 are positive and we will work with partners to deliver our target of 30,000 affordable homes across Scotland by next year.”

FM promises devolution for Scottish islands

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says consultation on plans for autonomy for the country’s islands will be published this summer. Speaking at the Convention of the Highlands and Islands, Sturgeon discussed a future Island bill that would provide more power, equality and protection for the islands “to allow them to build a more prosperous and fairer future for their communities”.

Image courtesy of Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon