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News in brief: Telecommunications masts approved in national park; Go-ahead for three West London schemes

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: Tuesday 19 June, 2018

Telecommunications masts approved in national park

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Planning Committee has granted approval for the Home Office to build two telecommunications masts in Upper Swaledale and in nearby Birkdale.

This is part of a major national upgrade of the emergency services’ communications network.

The mast in Upper Swaledale, near Crow Trees Farm, will be a lattice mast, making it capable of hosting several commercial mobile phone operators in addition to the emergency services.

The mast on Birkdale Common will be a telegraph pole, which will be capable of hosting one commercial operator.


Go-ahead for three West London schemes

Three developments situated in the UK’s largest regeneration scheme area have received planning approval.

They become the first major private sector schemes to come forward in the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC).

The residential developments will be built at North Kensington Gate and Mitre yard. They will deliver around 550 units, including 200 build-to-rent properties. The buildings will range from five to 22 storeys in height.

The OPDC regeneration programme is aiming to build 25,500 new homes and create 65,000 jobs.


Land for housing sold in the Midlands

Hundreds of new homes are set to be built in the East Midlands following the sale of two sites with a combined value of more than £15 million.

Development agency Fisher German has sold a site in Earl Shilton in Leicestershire, and one in Brailsford in Derbyshire to housebuilder Avant Homes.

In Earl Shilton, the site, which is 39 acres in size, has outline planning permission for up to 350 properties, comprising a mix of two to five-bedroom homes. Of the homes, 20 per cent have been designated as affordable. The development also includes 1.48 acres of employment land.

The Brailsford site is 11.5 acres in size. It has outline planning permission for up to 75 homes, ranging from two to five-bedrooms. This will be spread across starter and family homes, as well as bungalows.

Reserved matters applications have been submitted to the relevant councils for approval for both developments.


Seafront development unveiled on South East coast

A planning application for Madeira Drive along the seafront in Brighton & Hove has been unveiled.

The commercial development is part of a five-year lease granted by Bright & Hove City Council, which was granted in April.

Plans for the Peter Pan site include a 25m open-water swimming pool, as well as 39 small business units suitable for retail, health and fitness, office space and a food court.

Sea Lanes Brighton, the organisation behind the plans, hopes to secure planning permission this winter and open the pool in spring 2019.


North West Leicestershire to consider green space protection

The newly formed Local Plan Committee at North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) is set to consider the consultation responses to a local plan review this week.

The committee, which has been given new decision-making powers following a review of the council’s planning function, will also consider a call for land for gypsy and traveller sites and how the council can protect important green spaces.

The local plan was adopted in November 2017, along with a commitment to an immediate review to take account of changing local and national policies, which both businesses and the public have since done.

Most of the 72 responses were generally supportive of the review and agreed that the local plan should cover the period to 2036. Some developers suggested that the whole plan should be reviewed to take account of changes in government policy, rather than only some policies.  

The committee will consider the consultation responses and take advice on which areas of the local plan should be reviewed at the meeting.

During examination of the plan, a planning inspector said a review of the local plan could explore whether green spaces should be given special protection and included in the plan.

Committee councillors will decide whether local communities should be asked to put forward potential green spaces for further consideration as part of the review.


Crawley regeneration plan approved

The council has approved phase two of Crawley’s Boulevard regeneration.

The project, by property investor and developer Westrock in partnership with Crawley Borough Council, aims to deliver 273 residential apartments, a 150,000 square foot Town Hall and office building, a district heat network, a new public square, restaurants and cafés, and upgraded parking facilities.

Last year, Westrock secured planning permission for the first residential building of 91 units. Construction is due to start this summer.

Development of the Town Hall and office building is set to start in 2019. The developer is aiming to achieve BREEAM Excellent for the Town Hall and offices.

The district heating network centre is planned to power the office and residential elements.


Moorgate building refurbishment gains consent 

The City of London Corporation has approved the extensive refurbishment of 120 Moorgate.

The building is a 133,494 square foot mixed-use, predominantly offices structure located on the corner of Moorgate and South Place.

Darling Associates has been appointed to Vengrove to design the transformation, maintaining each floor plate and without extending the overall massing.

The existing office space on the upper floors will be refurbished, with gym facilities and a bicycle store added to the basement levels, replacing the car park.

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