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News in brief: York local plan amendments to be consulted; Lichfield plan found sound

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 14 May, 2019

RTPI to partner BAME planning forum

The RTPI has announced that it is to become one of 10 partners of BAME in Property.

BAME in Property is an ethnic diversity network for the built environment sector and a forum for BAME and non-BAME professionals who aspire to make the industry more attractive to talented professionals from diverse backgrounds.

Through discussions, round tables, workshops and networking events, RTPI will help BAME in Property to support and promote this.

Victoria Hills MRTPI, chief executive at the institute, said: “At a time when the Royal Town Planning Institute moves forward to increase the diversity of the planning profession to ensure that planners reflect the communities they represent, I'm delighted the RTPI will be a founding partner to BAME in Property.

“We look forward to promoting our shared agendas and priorities to deliver and protect quality places that communities want.”

Priya Shah, BAME in property founder, said: “Some of the biggest issues and opportunities facing the built environment sector are recruitment and retention of diverse talent, emerging technologies, the housing crisis and Brexit. What diversity within companies and around the boardroom table brings is diversity in thought and, ultimately, more informed outputs."


York plan amendments to be consulted

York residents, businesses and other interested groups can comment on additional evidence and modifications to the city’s local plan.

Planning inspectors have asked for a six-week consultation period before examining the plan at public hearing sessions later this year.

The council’s executive agreed to submit the new evidence and modifications on Wednesday 7 March. The submission included the removal of housing site allocations at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall and Land at Howard Road, Strensall); formally revising the objectively assessed housing need (OAN) from 867 to 790 dwellings in York each year for the duration of the plan; and amendments to the green belt boundary have also been proposed.

The inspectors have also advised direct consultation with the Ministry Of Defence, which owns the barracks, and Natural England, as well consultation with the public.


Lichfield plan found sound

Lichfield District Council’s local plan allocations document has been deemed sound and legally compliant by a planning inspector.

The document is the second part of the district’s local plan. It allocates sites to meet future development needs, including for housing and employment.

A planning inspector said the document is sound as long as some changes are made.


Industrial buildings approved in Tilbury

Plans for a new depot in Tilbury, Essex, have been granted planning permission.

The 6.8-acre site is adjacent to Tilbury Port, east of a new Amazon distribution centre.

Two new industrial buildings, one 10,000 square feet in size and the other 8,000 square feet, will accommodate three divisions: plant, tools and lifting; non-mechanical; and welfare.

GAP purchased the Tilbury site in 2017. Property consultant Carter Jonas secured the permission.


Plans submitted for NOMA speculative development

Development manager MEPC has submitted plans for 4 Angel Square for its latest office project at NOMA to Manchester City Council.

The new 11-storey office building will sit on the corner of Corporation Street and Miller Street in the 20-acre neighbourhood. It is NOMA’s first speculative new-build office development.

Designed by Manchester-based architectural practice SimpsonHaugh, the grade-A office building will be able to accommodate 2,000 new workers.

In addition, shops or restaurants will be provided on the ground floor with new public realm as part of a “much-improved” link to One Angel Square, which will be “crucial” to unlocking the other new-build development opportunities.

The inspector's report can be found on the Lichfield District Council website. www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/allocations


Specialist appointed to national frameworks

Homes England has appointed 13 specialists to three national framework panels to help to prepare public sector land for housing across England.

The frameworks will run for four years and aim to enable procurement of up to £30 million of services. They are:

  • The Asbestos Framework – it will facilitate services of £10 million to de-risk sites in advance of their delivery to market.
  • The Estates Management Services Framework – it will enable procurement of £15 million to manage land.
  • The Land Survey Framework – it will make available up to £5 million of specialist land survey services.

A number of SMEs have been appointed to the frameworks. Stephen Kinsella, executive director for land at Homes England, said: “Specialists appointed to these frameworks bring with them a wealth of knowledge and technical expertise that will enhance the work of Homes England."


£8m Belfast hotel approved

Belfast City Council has granted planning approval for a new boutique hotel, restaurant and bar on Ormeau Road in the capital.

It is expected that 100 new jobs will be created from the development.

The plans will regenerate the former derelict Holy Rosary Church and an
adjacent Parochial House building at 348-350 Ormeau Road.

Turley provided planning and strategic communications services for the project. Knox & Clayton Architects designed the new 18-bed hotel and restaurant.


Town and Country Housing to be subsidiary of Peabody

Town and Country Housing has joined housing association Peabody.

The move aims to enable Town and Country to build 800 “quality” new homes a year, which is 500 more than the Kent-based housing association can build alone.

Originally announced in November 2018, consultations have been held with residents and stakeholders. The relevant consents were achieved on 9 May.

Town and Country will retain its name and operate as a subsidiary. Bob Heapy, CEO at Town and Country, joins Peabody’s executive team, and chair Francis Salway joins the Peabody board.

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