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News In Brief: Young Planners’ Survey; fund to regenerate Scottish towns

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 25 August, 2015

Take The Planner’s Young Planners’ Survey

All content in the October 2015 edition of The Planner is being produced by young planners – those with 10 or fewer years’ experience in the sector. Features include those who’ve recently embarked on a career in planning telling us what motivated them to do so. To this end, we’re asking young planners to complete a quick, snapshot survey – What inspired you to become a planner? What do you hope to achieve as a planner? Have you discovered anything about being a planner that has come as a surprise? And is there anything you’d change about planning as a profession? (If so, what.) These four brief questions will help our young planner editorial team compile the feature. The survey can be accessed here and the deadline for completing it is Friday 4 September.

Fund announced to regenerate Scottish town centres

Social justice secretary Alex Neil announces a £1.7 million fund aimed at helping “revitalise and regenerate” town centres across Scotland. The Town Centre Communities Capital Fund is open to community organisations to support capital projects, which will make “real and lasting improvements to town centres”. Neil said: “By enabling and supporting enterprising community organisations to take action, we can help make town centres attractive and accessible places that are the thriving civic spaces we know they can be.”

Solar farm application submitted in Cumbria

A planning application has been submitted to Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council to construct a 25-acre solar farm on the outskirts of Dalton-in-Furness. The farm is expected to generate five megawatts of energy, enough to power up to 1,500 homes.

Mixed-use site approved in Chorley

A 10-hectare mixed-use site in Chorley has been granted outline planning permission. The site will include 125 new houses, a care home, a local retail unit and a pub. Additionally, on further development sites, there will be a mix of industrial and commercial buildings. The development is being brought forward through a joint venture between Ascalon Properties and Seddon Developments. Ken Whitaker from Ascalon Properties said: “With the outline planning consent in place, we can now start to work with occupiers and end users to evolve specific plans for each of the sections of the site. We’re looking forward to working on those detailed plans over the coming months and then beginning work on site.”