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News round-up 2 December 2010

Latest household projections show a fall

The latest national statistics on household projections to 2033 for England, released by the Office for National Statistics, show a lower growth in households compared with the 2006-based projections, equating to 20,500 fewer households per year between 2008 and 2031 in England.

The figures are based on the 2008-based population projections and replace the 2006-based household projections released in March 2009. The figures indicate that the number of households in England is projected to grow to 27.5 million in 2033, an increase of 5.8 million (27 per cent) over 2008, or 232,000 households per year.

By 2033, 19 per cent of the household population of England is projected to live alone, compared with 14 per cent in 2008. The South East region has the largest absolute increase in households of 39,500 per year from 2008 to 2033, amounting to a 28 per cent increase on the number in 2008.

Read the CLG press notice.


Nimby trend?

A YouGov survey commissioned by the New Homes Marketing Board (NHMB) - backed by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) - has revealed that more than eight in ten people (81 per cent) believe Britain needs more housing for sale and rent, especially affordable homes for first-time buyers. But it also shows that far fewer people – just 50 per cent – would welcome more homes of all types in their own immediate neighbourhoods.

A 2007 survey carried out for the NHMB showed a similarly high number of respondents (78 per cent) agreeing on the need for new homes but the number of people saying they would actively support homes suitable for first-time buyers in their immediate neighbourhood was significantly higher, at 58 per cent.

Read the NHMB press release.


Cotgrave Colliery redevelopment makes progress

Rushcliffe Borough Council has resolved to grant planning permission for 470 homes, plus land for employment use and open space on the former Cotgrave Colliery site.

The site forms part of the Homes and Communities Agency's (HCA) National Coalfields Programme and is owned by East Midlands Development Agency (emda). A previous application was rejected by the planning committee in 2008.

Major joint working by all the partners – the council, Nottinghamshire County Council, the HCA and emda – resulted in a revised proposal for the scheme, which now links the redevelopment of the colliery site to the wider regeneration of the town centre.

Read the Rushcliffe Borough Council news release.


Green light for vertical pier plan

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have given the go-ahead for a striking 80ft vertical pier to be built on Redcar seafront.

The building will be located on a raised part of the seafront at the site of the former Leos night club and will provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular coastal views.

As well as the viewing platform there will be studio and galleries providing a workspace for artists and creative industries to showcase their work, alongside a cafe.

Read the Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council news release.


‘Green area’ moves

The Open Spaces Society has begun canvassing its membership about the Government’s proposals for a new designation, similar to sites of special scientific interest, designed to safeguard “green areas of particular importance to local communities”.

The society said: “We have written to all our members asking them, from their local knowledge and experience of green spaces, to tell us their ideas on what the new designation should achieve and what the priorities are.”

Read the Open Spaces Society news release.


Go-ahead for Gateshead project

Gateshead Council’s planning and development committee has approved planning permission subject to a legal agreement for a new Trinity Square development proposal from Spenhill, the regeneration subsidiary of Tesco.

The £150m Spenhill scheme, designed by 3DReid, involves a new town square, 45 retail units, offices, a student village with more than 950 bedrooms, town centre underground parking and a Tesco store as well as the potential for a hotel.

The 3.6 hectare development site includes the area formerly occupied by Gateshead’s 1960s-built Trinity Square Shopping Centre and multi-storey car park, both of which were demolished this year, as well as the existing Tesco store and car park.


Walthamstow Stadium redevelopment

Housing association L&Q and architect Conran & Partners have unveiled draft proposals for the redevelopment of the former centre for greyhound-racing in north east London, the Walthamstow Stadium. The partly-listed complex closed in 2008. The plans include around 300 new homes, a public square and allotments.


Wirral Waters not to be called in                

Peel Group’s ambitious multi-billion-pound Wirral Waters regeneration scheme on Merseyside is not to be called in for a public inquiry by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, Wirral Council has been notified.


Bath Core Strategy moves ahead

Bath and North East Somerset Council is poised to approve its draft Core Strategy which is proposing up to 11,000 new homes and 8,700 new jobs over the period up to 2026. The number of new houses is significantly fewer than originally anticipated.

Read the Bath and North East Somerset Council news release.


New NI policy on economic development and tourism

Northern Ireland environment minister Edwin Poots has published two new planning policy documents: PPS4 which deals with planning and economic development and draft PPS 16 on tourism. PPS4 replaces the existing PPS4 Industrial Development published in 1997 and supersedes a number of employment policies in: A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland.

Draft PPS 16 sets out updated planning policy for tourism development and the safeguarding of tourism assets from inappropriate development.

Read the Northern Ireland Executive press release.


Core strategy for Westminster approved

Westminster City Council’s Core Strategy has been approved as sound by a Government inspector. The strategy will now be adopted in January 2011.

Access details of Westminster City Council’s Core Strategy.


Free school property advisers named

Global real estate firm DTZ has been appointed to provide property advice on the coalition Government’s newly-established Free Schools initiative on an interim basis.

DTZ has been appointed to support and advise Free School proposers as they acquire and adapt buildings for education use. The firm will work alongside legal and technical advisers on the first tranche of Free Schools.


Union Chapel threat refused

An inspector has rejected an appeal in relation to a substantial 134-residential unit scheme on Canonbury Road in Islington, London, which would have involved the demolition of two properties and their replacement with a residential-led mixed-use scheme of 134 new homes, some affordable, in two seven-storey buildings. The scheme, by developers Notting Hill Home Ownership, was refused by Islington Council.

The proposals were rejected because of the harm to the appearance of the adjacent Canonbury Conservation Area and the setting of the landmark grade II* listed Union Chapel.


Flushed with success

Town planning consultancy DPP has won an appeal case involving a mixed-use development at the Fairwater Green local centre in Cardiff.

The proposed development is for the site of a former public lavatory. The consent was for Class A3 cafe use on the ground floor and a pair of two-bedroom apartments above.

The city council, against the advice of officers, refused the original proposals arguing they were out of scale and character with the surrounding area due in part to the removal of a tree covered by a Tree Preservation Order and non-compliance with the planning authority’s open space guidance.


Roger Milne

2 December 2010