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News in brief: Town plan for Shrewsbury drafted; Regeneration project in Bristol approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Town plan for Shrewsbury drafted

Shrewsbury Bid, Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council and LDA Design have drafted a Big Town Plan for Shrewsbury, setting out how the town will look in 2036.

The council’s planners and decision-makers have adopted a holistic approach that aims to make the whole town more liveable, not just the centre. It could become a blueprint for other county towns to follow.

The plan directs investment in new housing and start-ups from the periphery into the centre, and features a central pedestrian-priority promenade.

Consultation on the Big Town Plan is now underway with a pop-up exhibition running until Wednesday 19 September.

The plan can be found on the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan website.


Regeneration project in Bristol approved

Bristol City Council has approved the £40 million regeneration project that will deliver 105 new homes at the former Brooks Dye Works in St Werburghs.

The permission was granted to Acorn Property Group, in partnership with Galliard Homes and Folland Ltd.

The former laundry and dye works, which is located on a four-acre site, will be redeveloped to provide one, two and three-bed apartments, two, three and four-bed houses and 6,000 square feet of commercial space.

Of the 105 homes, 24 have been designated as affordable, a mixture of intermediate rent and shared-ownership.

Construction is due to start in the autumn.


Later living redevelopment completed in Lewisham

One Housing Group Limited (City Style) has completed the redevelopment of Lewisham’s Almshouses in to 92 new homes.

This comprises 64 for older people, 26 homes for sale and two family house for social rent on a separate site at Blessington Road.

Built in 1963, the site was originally home to the Christopher Boone’s Almshouses and has been developed by housing association One Housing in partnership with the Merchant Taylor’s Boone’s Charity.

Designed by PRP, the development consolidates the existing almshouse accommodation previously situated on two sites and is close to the high street and public transport routes.

The later living homes are for people aged 57 and over.


New health centres for Devon

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (TSDFT) has announced that it will be entering into a 50:50 strategic estates partnership and joint venture with Health Innovation Partners, that includes delivering new build Health and Wellbeing Centres in Dartmouth and in Teignmouth.

The deal will also see the development of a new emergency department on the Torbay Hospital site.

The Trust and its partners and stakeholders will be working together to review, plan and develop the estate in line with modern health care delivery practices, as well as current and projected future health and care needs.  

They will shortly agree the partnership’s longer-term plans, which will include further development of new community facilities and investment in the Torbay Hospital site.


40,000 new trees for London

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that 21 London boroughs will receive funding from the Community Tree Planting Grants scheme, which is part of the mayor’s Greener City Fund.

The aim is to maintain and expand the capital’s “urban forest” if eight million trees and forms part of Khan’s plans to make London a national park city.

The £1.5million woodland fund for boroughs, charities and public sector land owners will go towards creating new large-scale woodland.

Khan said: “Our much-loved green spaces boost our environment and enhance our quality of life and I’m committed to planting thousands of new trees. City Hall want our new woodland funding to help improve our green belt and I’ve written to all London boroughs asking them to nominate suitable sites. We are also delivering 40,000 new


Government should rethink capturing planning gain for community

An open letter has been sent to housing secretary James Brokenshire stating that the government needs to “think radically” about reforming the way planning gain for the community is captured.

Written by think tank Onward and signed by organisations including Shelter and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), suggests the government should monitor they should monitor the implementation of changes to Section 106 to ensure councils deliver and developers “do not continue to wriggle out of their commitments”.

The government could also give local government a stronger role in buying and assembling land for housing, and to share the benefits for the community and approve developments in places local people accept.

The think tank calls on the government to reform the 1961 Land Compensation Act to clarify that local authorities should be able to compulsorily purchase land at fair market value that does not include prospective planning permission, rather than speculative “hope” value.

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