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News in Brief: Wales’s national parks receive £600,000; RTPI Research Awards open for entry

Words: Laura Edgar
Brecon Beacons

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 5 April, 2016

Wales’s national parks receive £600,000

Natural resources minister Carl Sargeant has announced funding of £600,000 to support a variety of projects to improve accessibility to the national parks in Wales.

It will also help Natural Resources Wales to repair storm damage on the Wales Coast Path, according to Sargeant.

He has allocated £126,000 to the improvement of two sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail and £104,500 to an additional seven sections of the Wales Coast Path. This is to repair damage caused during the winter and improve the path’s sustainability.

The remaining £369,500 will be split between the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Snowdonia National Park Authority and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority:

  • Brecon Beacons: £157,500 for projects to improve access in the east Beacons to secure the protection of peatlands in a number of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the area.

  • Snowdonia: £107,000 for work on the park’s “most popular and iconic” sites, including further development of four sections of the Snowdon circular route.

  • Pembrokeshire Coast: £105,000 to support projects that focus on developing disability access to a number of sites, such as wheelchair access to Abereiddy and St David’s.

RTPI Research Awards open for entry

The 2016 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence are now open for entries from all RTPI-accredited planning consultancies and planning schools in the UK, Republic of Ireland and internationally.

The RTPI has introduced a new category this year, the Planning Consultancy Research Award, which the institute said recognises the “valuable contribution: consultancies make to spatial planning research.

Victoria Pinoncély, RTPI research officer, said: “We want the RTPI Awards for Research Excellence to recognise and promote quality, impactful spatial planning research from accredited planning schools and planning consultancies to a wider audience of policymakers and practitioners. It plays such a critical role in shaping planning policy and practice.”

More about the awards can be found on the RTPI website.

Consent granted for Leicestershire village extension

Harborough District Council has granted planning permission for 50 homes north of Great Bowden, Leicestershire.

The scheme, by strategic land specialist Richborough Estates, consists of family homes on a 22-acre site.

It will comprise a combination of one, two, three, four and five-bedroom homes, a percentage of which will be affordable. According to the plans, they will be set alongside a country park and allotments, all “designed to be respectful of the historic nature of the village, most of which is situated in a Conservation Area”.

Richborough Estates said the development is in line with the council’s emerging local plan.

Consultants appointed for Ballymena development

Northern Ireland social development minister Lord Morrow MLA has appointed the Paul Hogarth Company as planning consultants for the development of St Patrick’s Barracks in Ballymena.

The Paul Hogarth Company will, says the Northern Ireland Executive, produce a development plan for the site, showing the concept for the whole site as well as a potential site that could be developed by individual stakeholders.

There will also be a transport assessment, considering how road, river, cycle paths and footways can access and integrate the site with the town and surrounding environment.

Wightlink’s Portsmouth terminal approved

Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee has approved Wightlink’s plans to transform its terminal in the city.

As part of the plans, Wightlink wants to introduce a new large flagship ferry between Portsmouth and Fishbourne.

Wightlink applied to redesign its link span for double height loading and it wants to build a three-storey terminal on its car ferry site Portsmouth following the demolition of its existing building.

Decision date set Bishopsgate Goodsyard decision

The Greater London Authority has confirmed that a date has been set for the public hearing on the Bishopsgate Goodsyard proposals.

On Monday 18 April, Mayor of London Boris Johnson will decide whether or not to approve the planning application.

Joint developers Hammerson and Ballymore want to erect seven towers up to 38 and 46 storeys high on the disused Shoreditch High Street site.

More on this can be read in the Hackney Citizen.

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