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News in brief: Tech to support self-build; York hospital site masterplan published

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Tech to support self-build

A tech platform that aims to increase the number of self-build homes in the UK has been launched.

MyPlot intends to support the government target of increasing annual self-build completions to 20,000.

Paul Smith, director at MyPlot, explained: “In Europe, it’s much more straightforward to source a plot of land, and the planning system is less onerous – there’s also more support for those embarking on the process, which we just don’t have here in the UK. With MyPlot, we’ve looked at the issues and offered a solution, filling the gaps and removing the complexity by providing a directory of self-build experts on the one single platform."

Sourcing a plot – even finding your planning consultant – is done via the single platform. Planning consultants with expertise in self-build can submit a profile to be listed within the directory.


York hospital site masterplan published

City of York Council has published a draft masterplan for the Bootham Park Hospital site.  

The masterplan, developed jointly with the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, provides residents with care accommodation, public open space and key worker housing, among other things.

The masterplan was published after a public consultation last year. Residents will now be invited to contribute further to the development of the masterplan. The Bootham Park masterplan consultation will launch in September.

NHS Property Services has recently engaged in a failed commercial sale; it continues to remarket the site.


South West London cycling route opens

A 1.2-kilometre walking and cycling path has been opened between New Malden and Raynes Park in south-west London.

The project connects Kingston upon Thames with Merton, and opens up a traffic-free path between New Malden Railway Station and Raynes Park Recreation Ground. It is part of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames’ £30 million “mini-Holland” Go Cycle programme, funded by the Mayor of London. It was managed by the borough’s Go Cycle programme team.

It has also created a space for people of all ages and abilities to access and enjoy the environment and wildlife in the area.

Charity Sustrans supported the council’s Go-Cycle team throughout delivery of the scheme.


Calderdale’s local plan – first examination complete

Calderdale Council’s draft local plan has completed the first stage of examination by the Planning Inspectorate.

The stage one hearings were to examine the vision and strategy on which the local plan is based; the housing and employment required in Calderdale; sustainability appraisal; and the need for gypsy and traveller facilities.   

The hearings also examined how the council has worked with neighbouring councils and reviewed the public consultation undertaken with communities during the preparation of the plan.

The examination hearings were led by planning inspector Katie Child.

Child has written to the council outlining areas of the draft local plan that will need to be revised before the next stage of examination begins. She told the council that the housing need in the borough is higher than the 840 homes a year that the council proposed and that a more realistic figure could be around 1,000 new homes annually.


Copeland approves office scheme

Copeland Borough Council has granted planning permission for a 67,000 square foot office development. The scheme also includes retail space and a public square.

It will be developed at the harbourside in Whitehaven for EROS Properties.

The scheme, designed by PRP Architects, includes offices that could create up to 400 new full-time jobs as well as generate £18.4 million a year for the local economy.


Lichfield adopts allocations document

Lichfield District Council has voted to approve the adoption of its local plan allocations document. Iain Eadie, cabinet member for investment, economic growth & tourism, said: “These documents, alongside local parish councils’ neighbourhood plans, will help us to positively shape our district in the future. Our allocations document sets out where and what kind of development can take place on different land across the district.”

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