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News in brief: The Planner Live 2020 tickets are on sale; Application for housing submitted in Hopton

Words: Laura Edgar
The Planner Live / Redactive

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 28 January, 2020

The Planner Live 2020 tickets are on sale

Early-bird tickets for The Planner Live 2020 have gone on sale.

The conference will take place in London on 29 and 30 June. It will feature focus sessions, live interviews and opportunities for delegates to contribute to discussions and interact with presenters.

The RTPI has confirmed a number of the speakers for The Planner Live, including:

  • Joel Albizo and Kurt Christiansen, chief executive officer and president respectively of the American Planning Association.
  • Araceli Camargo, a cognitive neuroscientist at University College London.
  • Jeremy Purseglove, environmentalist and author.
  • Jen Heal (Design Advisor, Design Commission for Wales and Commissioner, South East Wales Transport Commission).
  • Deryck Irving, acting chief executive, Central Scotland Green Network Trust.

RTPI president Sue Manns said: “It’s great that we’ll have such high-profile speakers joining us for The Planner Live. The topics they are addressing are some of the most interesting in the profession right now, and I am really looking forward to hearing what they have to say.

“The Planner Live will also feature more opportunities than ever before for delegates to get involved, including voting and polling during sessions and the opportunity to submit your questions prior to the event.”

More information can be found on the RTPI website.


Application for housing submitted in Hopton

Norfolk County Council’s housing company Repton has submitted plans for 200 homes in Hopton.

The company and its developer, the Lovell Partnership, have applied to build a mix of two, three and four bed housing at Lowestoft Road, Hopton. It will include shared ownership homes.

Council leader Andrew Proctor, chairman of Repton Homes, said: “This is the second development proposed by Repton, following on from obtaining approval for 137 homes in Acle last month. We are looking to build much-needed, high-quality homes across Norfolk, as well as generating income for the county council.”

Great Yarmouth Borough Council will consider the application this spring.


Consultation on Pembrokeshire development plan

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority is seeking your views on its local development plan after it made amendments following the recent examination hearing sessions.

Any comments received will be passed on to the inspector for consideration.

Representations should be sent by 4.30pm on Friday 13 March 2020, either by email to [email protected], or in writing to: Park Direction, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Llanion Park, Pembroke Dock, SA72 6DY.

More information can be found on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority website.


Office plans submitted in Basingstoke

Plans for a 45,000 square-feet grade A office development have been submitted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

The five-storey development – named Neon – includes a double height atrium and a ground-floor business lounge. Architecture practice BDP designed the development so it is energy efficient and meets BREEAM Excellent and EPC A standards,

It was launched by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council at Basing View, a business park that has been undergoing a £500 million regeneration programme.

The Neon building will replace Norden House, an outdated two-storey office building. The council bought the site last year for redevelopment with funding from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership.


Wigan adopts new HMO rules

Wigan Council has adopted new regulations that aim to help it manage the number of shared houses in areas of Wigan and Leigh.

This means that landlords and developers will now need planning permission to convert properties into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

The policy will be enforced in Swinley and central Leigh after residents told the council about the rising number of HMOs in those areas.

Previously, a change of use from a house to a large HMO (of more than six people) required planning permission, but a change of use to a small HMO (between three and six people) did not.

The measures are being enforced through an article 4 direction. HMOs of any size will now be considered through the planning system.


Education campus plans submitted in Ebbsfleet

Plans for an education campus in Whitecliffe, Ebbsfleet Garden City, have been submitted to the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation by Henley Camland.

Designed by Lee Evans Partnership’s, the campus is expected to offer more than 2,200 places to nursery, primary and secondary school pupils, and will also serve as a community sports facility.

The proposal – known as Alkerden C of E Academy – includes provision for a nursery, a two-form-entry primary school, an eight-form-entry secondary school, a dual-use community sports centre with external sports pitches and associated ancillary facilities for the emerging local community.

If approved, the facilities will be managed by the Aletheia Anglican Academies Trust on completion.


Wolverhampton submits high streets fund bid

The City of Wolverhampton Council has submitted a bid for £20 million to the government's Future High Streets Fund.

The council’s initial proposal was shortlisted by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) in July and it has now put forward a full business case.

Ahead of the final bid submission in early April, the council said it would be sharing the ideas and proposals with the public, businesses and city partners to gain their thoughts and views.

The bid focuses on the area of the city centre to the west of, and including, Victoria Street.


Canary Wharf hotel approved

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has granted approval for the landmark redevelopment of Quay House, Canary Wharf.

Rockwell and Firethorn Trust plans for the building intend to deliver a 400-bedroom hotel and 279 serviced apartments alongside dockside leisure facilities.

The site was acquired in a joint venture between Rockwell and Firethorn Trust in October 2018 and the planning application was subsequently submitted in July 2019.

Work is expected to start on site later this year.