April 25, 2018

Bath residents seeking judicial review over decision to approve housing regeneration


Residents of an estate in Bath are seeking a High Court judicial review of a decision to approve a housing association’s regeneration plans. Curo, which owns and manages more than 13,000 homes across the South West, was granted outline planning permission to demolish 542 homes on the Foxhill Estate and replace them with 700 new builds in July. Lawyers acting for the Foxhill Residents’ Association submitted several legal challenges to Bath & North East Somerset Council in December over its decision. Among other concerns, the lawyers claimed the authority had failed to follow its own policy regarding the loss of social…

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Planning approval awarded for university’s new £60 million project


A flagship project in The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Masterplan has been given planning approval today at a Preston City Council hearing. Designed by Hawkins Brown following an international RIBA competition, the proposed Student Centre and a modern civic square will be the focal point of the University’s £200 million Masterplan development. The new Student Centre, which has targeted a BREEAM (environmental quality) rating of ‘excellent’ will be 7,304 sqm providing a new reception area, informal learning spaces and a student wellbeing support centre. Designed as an iconic gateway to the City, the new square will span 8,440 sqm…

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New national housing agency to boost housebuilding


A new national housing agency – Homes England – has today (11 January 2018) been launched by Housing Secretary Sajid Javid as one of the key steps towards delivering the homes the country needs. As the successor to the Homes and Communities Agency, Homes England will drive forward change, as set out in the government’s housing white paper. By bringing together their existing planning expertise and new land buying powers, the new agency will play a major role in securing land in areas where people want to live, support smaller and more innovative house builders into the market and resource brownfield…

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Green light as funding is secured for Hull’s £42m Humber flood scheme


Funding has been secured for a £42 million upgrade to the tidal flood defence scheme in the Humber Estuary – improving flood protection to 113,000 properties. Led by the Environment Agency, the Humber Hull Frontages scheme will present an opportunity to review and improve a 19 kilometres stretch of tidal flood defences in the Humber Estuary to better protect homes and businesses that are at risk of flooding in Hull. Floods Minister, Thérèse Coffey said: “This state of the art scheme is great news for homeowners and businesses along the Humber Estuary, especially for the city of Hull, as we…

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Work starts on increased flood protection for Starcross and Cockwood


More than 660 homes and businesses at Starcross and Cockwood will be better protected from coastal flooding as work started this week on a new £4 million flood scheme. At Starcross the Environment Agency will install 2 new floodgates at Church Road and Generals Lane slipway. They will also raise the car park levels at the Fishing and Cruising Club. In Cockwood the harbour wall will be improved with a raised level along Dawlish Road in line with predicted sea level rises. Work is expected to take around 6 months and be finished by summer. An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “The…

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£50m masterplan for National Railway Museum overhaul


The National Railway Museum is set for its biggest upgrade since it opened in 1975. Plans to completely overhaul the Leeman Road site have been unveiled. The museum has drawn up a £50 million, seven-year masterplan, designed to increase visitor numbers from 750,000 today to 1.2 million. It will see the two halves of the museum – now divided by Leeman Road – unified by a brand new building. This will be built where Leeman Road is now, after the road is diverted away from the site. And the original Stephenson’s Rocket – now housed at sister attraction the Science…

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Green light for residential-led regeneration scheme at Icknield Port Loop, Birmingham


Birmingham City Council has approved plans for the first phase of a major residential regeneration scheme at Icknield Port Loop, Birmingham. Working closely with Glenn Howells Architects, Maccreanor Lavington Architects and ShedKM, Grant Associates has created a detailed landscape masterplan that will see 207 family homes and 90 apartments built, along with green infrastructure including a new public park, public open spaces, communal gardens and canal-side public realm. The scheme is the first phase of a proposal by Urban Splash and Places for People to develop a total of 1,150 homes on the 43-acre, city centre site. Located next to…

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Barcham plans for arboretum and visitor centre given green light by council planning committee


Published by Darren Shelton Barcham Trees, the Cambridgeshire nursery which has provided more than a million instant-impact trees for the urban environment in Britain, has been given the go-ahead by East Cambridgeshire District Council Planning Committee for the development of an arboretum, lake, visitor centre, restaurant and shopping area on part of its 300-acre site adjacent to the A142 between Ely and Soham. This unique and exciting development will create up to 40 new jobs. The company, which is the largest container tree nursery in Europe, had support from a range of interests, including East Cambridgeshire’s tourism office and Soham…

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Mayor approves £1.4bn scheme to regenerate Croydon town centre


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today approved a major development which will give a major boost to long-term plans to regenerate Croydon town centre. The redevelopment of the Whitgift shopping centre by the Croydon Partnership – a joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson – will create 7,000 jobs, deliver nearly 1,000 new homes, and provide the local community with brand-new leisure facilities and rejuvenated public spaces. More than half-a-million square metres of shops and restaurants will be built, alongside space for future student accommodation or a hotel. Sadiq gave the project the green light after it was approved by…

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Flood management schemes backed by West Yorkshire Combined Authority


Two flood alleviation schemes backed by West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Investment Committee, at their meeting Wednesday 3 January, will help reduce the risk of flooding for hundreds of homes and businesses across Leeds City Region, protect land for new development and provide a refuge for endangered animals. The Natural Flood Management Programme and Wyke Beck Valley Project will be developed with partners to safeguard key areas of land by the River Aire, River Calder and River Colne as well as housing and brownfield sites across east Leeds. The future of a number of vulnerable habitats will also be secured, helping…

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