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News in brief: TPS launches 2020 campaign; High Court injunction prevents ‘unsuitable’ development

Words: Laura Edgar
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A  round-up of planning news: Tuesday 21 April, 2020

TPS launches 2020 campaign

The Transport Planning Society (TPS) has launched its 2020 Transport Planning Day campaign, focusing on the role of transport planners in tackling climate change and creating a future that is sustainable and healthy.

Given the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures to control it, the campaign will run online from now until the autumn. Then, TPS hopes to hold its usual Parliamentary reception in October and Transport Planning Day on 16 November. 

If this is not possible, TPS will look to hold the events virtually.

The campaign will be informed by stakeholder feedback gained from research the society is set to launch shortly.

TPS chair Stephen Bennett said: “We are all aware we need to move people and goods in a far cleaner and greener way to achieve a net zero future.

“Cities have seen air pollution drop during the health emergency of the coronavirus crisis, due to reduced traffic. It shouldn't take these extraordinary circumstances to improve our air quality.

“In order to address the climate emergency, we need the UK Government to pick up the pace with supporting the integration of spatial planning and transport planning, and reducing the need to travel, with a clear focus on decarbonising the transport system whilst improving accessibility.”


High Court injunction prevents ‘unsuitable’ development

South Northamptonshire Council has been granted an injunction by the High Court to prevent an ‘unsuitable’ development on the A508 near Yardley Gobion.

In 2007, the council’s planning committee refused planning permission for development on the site for several reasons, including that it was an unacceptable intrusion into the open countryside and that the application did not include safe access to and from the A508.

Phil Bignell, the council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for planning, acknowledged the work of the planning enforcement team in securing the permanent injunction to prevent development. He said the council “had good reason to suspect that development work was imminent”.

“Should any works commence, we’ll now be able to take prompt and decisive action, supported by the police, rather than have to wait for the matter to drag through lengthy processes.”


High-rise plans submitted in Birmingham

Plans for a 28-storey residential development in Southside, Birmingham, have been submitted to the city council.

The plans, for land at 31-33 Essex Street, have been submitted by Essex St (Properties) Ltd.

The scheme includes a mixture of luxury one, two and three-bedroom apartments for private sale, a rooftop garden and sky cinema. Commercial space will be provided on the ground floor, and a gym and concierge service also feature in the plans. 

Wiltshire garden village to get a Sainsbury’s Local

A Sainsbury’s convenience store is to be built at Tadpole Garden Village, near Swindon, joining four other retail outlets at the local centre. It is expected to open in the summer.

The new community already has a play park, a primary school, a secondary school and allotments, while plans for a pub have been presented to residents. 

The development has its own website and app, to allow residents to keep up to date with community news.


Application to redevelopment hospice submitted

A planning application has been lodged with Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council for the redevelopment of “one of the oldest and largest” hospices outside London.

The application was submitted by PRP’s Manchester studio on behalf of St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green, Stockport.

Full planning permission is sought to develop a new hospice facility on an undeveloped site next to the existing hospice building, which sits within the Cheadle Royal Conservation Area. 

PRP has also submitted an outline planning application for a new residential development on the site of the current hospice facility.  

The hospice first opened in 1971, but the building was originally built in the late 19th century as a 40-bedroom hospital for children with epilepsy, and later used for mental health care before being adapted to its current use.

The building will be replaced with a purpose-built hospice that comprises a 27-bedroom inpatient unit, day therapy and outpatient services, dedicated bereavement and family support services, office accommodation, training facilities, coffee shop, landscaped gardens and improved car parking.


Joint venture to fund Edinburgh rental scheme

Apache Capital Partners and Harrison Street, a real asset investment firm, will fund a build-to-rent development in central Edinburgh that will be delivered and operated for the long term by Moda Living.

The scheme, known as Springside and located in the Fountainside district, will comprise 476 homes alongside 48 existing, fully leased studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. Work on the site is expected to start later this year.

The investment, which closed in February 2020, is the fourth project in the build-to-rent joint venture between Apache Capital Partners and Harrison Street, launched in 2018. It includes investment from NFU Mutual. 

Apache Capital and Moda Living purchased the Springside site, which included 48 existing homes, in March 2017 from Grosvenor Great Britain and Ireland.

Springside will also provide 13,000 square foot of internal amenities, such as communal lounges and health and well-being facilities, and 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and leisure space.

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