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News in brief: Voting open for 2019 RTPI vice-president; Thames Water reaffirms strategic reservoir plans for ‘stressed’ South East

Words: The Planner

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 4 September, 2018

Voting open for 2019 RTPI vice-president

Members of the RTPI can now vote in the 2018 RTPI Elections, including from three candidates for the post of vice-president in 2019.

Samer Bagaeen MRTPI, Sue Manns FRTPI and Paul Barnard MRTPI are all standing to be the 2019 vice-president.

Other positions open for election are on the Board of Trustees and General Assembly. For more information on all the offices up for election, and the candidates, click here.


Thames Water reaffirms strategic reservoir plans for ‘stressed’ South East

Plans for a strategic reservoir in the South East are a key feature of Thames Water’s scheduled investment up to 2025 and beyond.

Thames Water intends to spend £11.7 billion on improving infrastructure, reducing leakages, cutting pollution incidents, with a strategic reservoir in the South East part of its long-term planning.

Read more here on The Planner.

Shortlist published for Ireland’s Best Place competition

RTPI Ireland has announced the 10 nominations put forward by the public to find the country’s best place.

The competition aims to celebrate some of the most attractive and inspiring places in the country, as well as the role planners have played in helping to protect or shape them for Irish communities.

For details of the finalists click here.

To go straight to voting, click here.

Road safety fears stall cycling use

Campaigners urge the government to take action after figures show that road safety fears are preventing people from cycling.

Department for Transport (DfT) statistics for 2017 show that cycling use has remained at a similar level for the past 15 years with an average of just 18 trips per person a year.

Cycling UK demands that ministers should take urgent action to make cycling an attractive option to society.

Read more here on The Planner.


Registration opens for comments on Manston airport DCO

The public can now register with the Planning Inspectorate to comment on an application for a development consent order (DCO) to reintroduce aviation on the site of Manston airport in Kent.

RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) resubmitted its application in July, having withdrawn an earlier submission after the Planning Inspectorate requested further information on funding, a transport assessment, environmental statements and the categorisation of the project as one of national significance. The inspectorate accepted the new application for pre-examination last month.

rg+p secures Apsley planning permission
Multidisciplinary architectural practice rg+p has secured planning permission for a new housing scheme in the Hertfordshire village of Apsley, to the south-west of Hemel Hempstead. Named Stationers Place, the scheme will see the creation of 29 affordable homes neighbouring the Grand Union Canal along with public open space, parking and associated amenity space. Stationers Place will comprise a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments and has been designed to revitalise a vacant site adjacent to a listed cottage, papermill and Apsley Lock.

Grant Giblett, associate director at rg+p, said: “Stationers Place will regenerate a tightly constrained, urban site in a popular area of the village. The scheme presented several challenges for our architecture and planning teams, namely the existing topography, utilities, access and a canal culvert, so we’re pleased with the successful outcome of this planning application.”


New Nuneaton residential project to go ahead

Richborough Estates and Turley have secured grant permission for a new residential site to the east of Higham Lane in Nuneaton.

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council’s planning committee has approved a proposal for the delivery of up to 200 family homes comprising two, three and four-bed properties, 50 of which will be affordable.

The site will create a neighbourhood of family homes alongside public open spaces and a play area. It will be situated two miles from the town centre.

Consent is subject to completion of a Section 106 Agreement, with Richborough Estates making a contribution of nearly £4 million for local infrastructure improvements including a local road network and local sports provision.


£4.6m Hinckley crematorium plans submitted

Plans have been submitted for a £4.6 million crematorium on the A47 outside Hinckley. The project will be funded from the local council’s capital budget.

The public was consulted on the design and facilities for the council-run facility before final plans were drawn up earlier this year. As the nearest available crematorium is currently in Nuneaton, the proposed crematorium development could provide an alternative affordable cremation facility and create new jobs. Waiting and travelling times for Hinckley and Bosworth residents would be reduced.

If approved, work could begin in spring 2019 with the crematorium set to open in 2020.


MP proposes railway station for Anfield

MP Dan Carden has suggested the siting of a new railway station near Liverpool football club’s Anfield stadium to help ease congestion problems.

Carden was speaking to the Liverpool Echo after the city council’s planning committee blocked the club’s hopes of hosting sporting events including boxing and American Football matches at its ground.

Carden said: “Local residents suffer problems including parking, congestion and air quality, and want the club to take these issues seriously. North Liverpool is poorly served by the insufficient public transport links. Currently, neither of our two Premier League football clubs have suitable rail services.”

Merseyrail's Long Term Rail Strategy suggests that any work on the branch line plan would be unlikely to start until 2022.


Peabody appoints LDA Design to deliver landscape-led vision for Thamesmead

London housing provider Peabody has appointed a consortium led by LDA Design to set out a landscape-led vision for the regeneration of Thamesmead in south-east London.

The resulting landscape and green infrastructure strategy will direct transformation of Thamesmead’s waterspace, landscape and public realm to turn the area into one of London’s most sustainable and welcoming places to live. The strategy will inform a £1 billion regeneration programme that will benefit the existing community.

Phil Askew, Peabody’s director of landscaping and placemaking said:  “We want Thamesmead to realise its enormous potential through being shaped by local people. With its wealth of natural resources, Thamesmead has all the elements to create something special – making it an even better place to live or visit.”

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