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News in brief: Tremor at Lancashire fracking site; Last chance to book European Biennial conference tickets

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 27 August, 2019

Last chance to book European Biennial conference tickets

The 13th European Biennial of Towns and Town Planners 2019 is being held in Plymouth from 11 September to 14t September, tickets for which are still available.

This coming Saturday, 31 August, is the deadline for planning professionals to book their place at the event.

It aims to launch a debate on how planners and urban designers can help create sustainable cities. The central theme is to investigate planning in places that are defined by their peripherality or location between two or more boundaries.

The European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP) Biennial conference is in association with Plymouth City Council, Destination Plymouth, the University's Planning School and the RTPI.

More information about tickets can be found on the University of Plymouth website.


Tremor at Lancashire fracking site

A tremor with a magnitude of 2.9 has been recorded at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site, where it is exploring for shale gas.

It was recorded at 8.30am on 26 August. It was stronger than those that forced the firm to suspend test fracking in 2011.

Cuadrilla acknowledged the tremor in a statement on its website.

“We can confirm that no hydraulic fracturing was being carried out at the time and no hydraulic fracturing has been carried out over the weekend. We are investigating the event alongside the regulators who monitor Preston New Road.”

A 1.0 magnitude tremor was then recorded at the site last night at about 10:20pm.

Operations at the site remain suspended.


Affordable housing for Coalville residents

The latest phase of North West Leicestershire District Council’s housebuilding project is set to begin on the site of the former Cocked Hat pub in Greenhill, Coalville.

Seven new houses and a bungalow will be built by the council’s contracted partner Woodhead Construction, which is part of the Woodhead Group.

The homes are part of the council’s new-build programme, which aims to provide about 30 new homes for rent each year – adding to its stock of around 4,300 council homes. The waiting list for council housing in the district currently stands at more than 600 households.


Bristol to develop low-carbon development

Bristol City Council is building 133 homes at Ashton Rise using the high-efficiency Sig iHouse solution.

They will be heated by individual Kensa ground source heat pumps connected to a shared ground loop array of boreholes.

The installation will see each home making lifetime carbon savings of 30 tonnes compared with using individual gas boilers, while also removing all local NOx emissions to ensure that local air quality is not affected by the choice of heating system.

The homes form part of Bristol’s commitment to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

Developer Wilmott Dixon has begun works on site with the aid of UK ground source heat pump specialist Kensa Contracting. Completion is expected in 2021.


Agreement signed on Ayrshire harbour plan

North Ayrshire Council and NPL Group have signed an agreement setting out the terms for how both parties will work to deliver a multimillion-pound action plan.

The plan is aimed at unleashing the potential of the coastal setting around Irvine Harbourside.

It is hoped that the project will bring in tens of thousands of extra visitors each year to North Ayrshire, making it a destination of choice for leisure activities, businesses and families to live and work.

As well as transforming the Irvine Harbourside area, the scheme should create a sustainable development of the Ardeer peninsula while preserving its natural beauty and environment.

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