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News round-up 23 June 2011

Earls Court master plan submitted

An outline planning application for the 31 hectare master plan for the redevelopment of Earls Court has been submitted to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham by developer EC Properties.

In addition to plans for 7,500 new homes, the master plan includes offices, leisure, hotel and retail space, as well as a new primary school, library, health centre and 9.5ha of public open space.

A separate, detailed application has also been submitted for the Seagrave Road site, which involves the replacement of an existing 3ha car park with 808 new homes.


Gateshead Pathfinder demolition case clarification

Gateshead Council has pointed out that the judge did not order the council to pay Save Britain's costs in respect of the recent Bensham Pathfinder demolition cases (see PP 9 June).


Truckstop planning initiative

Junior transport minister Mike Penning has told Parliament that the Government is planning to permit the development of truckstops on the motorway network.

He said: “Proposals for dedicated truckstop facilities will now be considered in the context of existing and/or proposed rest facilities on the strategic road network, and will be determined on their individual merit.”

He told MPs: “I am currently considering ways to reduce regulation, increase competition and improve still further the quality of motorway service areas. To this end, I have instructed officials in my department to identify those elements of the policy that might instead be better determined at a local level through the current planning system.”

Officials from the Department for Transport are working with the Department for Communities and Local Government on how to take these issues forward in the context of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Read the written statement on the Department for Transport website.


Chelsea Barracks scheme marches on

The multi-million pound redevelopment of Chelsea Barracks in West London has been given the green light two years after the Prince of Wales intervened over plans for the site.

Westminster Council approved an outline master plan for the scheme, which will see the 13-acre property turned into up to 448 houses and flats, a sports centre, shops and a health centre.

The plans will now be referred to Mayor of London Boris Johnson for approval before detailed designs are submitted, the council said.

The development will include 123 affordable homes, with £78m being contributed to the council's affordable housing fund.

Green spaces, road layouts and landscaping details were also approved, and the Grade II listed chapel on the site would be maintained, the council said.

Chelsea Barracks was sold by the Ministry of Defence to Qatari Diar in 2007.


Biomass burner

Morgan Credit Energy has applied to Bridgend County Borough Council to develop a 25 MW biomass power plant at the site of the former coal-fired Llynfi power station which closed in the 1970s.


Planning policy changes for Jersey

Senator Freddie Cohen, the States of Jersey’s minister for planning and environment, has announced the detail of a new policy on affordable housing.

Under this policy developers will be expected to provide affordable housing on all large housing sites. The plan will also mean that the States will release some of its land for affordable housing developments for Island families.

In a separate development Cohen has confirmed moves to remove the need for planning permission for householder applications for minor work including conversions.

Other changes include relaxations over certain changes of use, and on the display of signs and advertisements on buildings and behind shop windows and making the installation of renewable energy equipment permitted development.

Read the States of Jersey news release.


Truro development

A planning application has been submitted for a major shopping and housing development in east Truro.

The multi-million pound scheme, called the Truro Eastern District Centre, would see a Waitrose supermarket located on a 19 hectare site near the city’s cattle market as well as 98 new homes, community allotments and a waste recycling centre, plus a 1,300-space park and ride car park.

The proposed project is a partnership between Cornwall Council, the Duchy of Cornwall, Waitrose and local food producer group The Taste of Cornwall.


Stadium relief

A compromise has been reached over the town green bid for the Ashton Vale site earmarked as the location of the new stadium planned by Bristol City Football Club.

Following an inquiry, Bristol City Council has decided to give only part of the site town green status, which means Bristol City Football Club's stadium proposals should be able to go ahead.


Breeding centre expansion blocked

Plans to extend an East Yorkshire centre which breeds dogs for research have been rejected by the East Riding Council on traffic grounds. B&K Universal, based in the village of Grimston, breeds beagles for animal testing and had sought planning permission to redevelop its facilities.


Taunton Deane’s Core Strategy makes progress

Taunton Deane Borough Council has agreed its Core Strategy which makes provision for 11,900 new jobs and 17,000 new homes by 2028. The strategy will be subject to public consultation over the summer.

Key elements of the planning blueprint include the regeneration of Taunton town centre as a sub-regional centre in the South West and major growth at a large urban extension planned at Monkton Heathfield.

Read the Taunton Deane Borough Council news release.


South Bank affordable housing condition waived

The developers of Neo Bankside, a luxury housing scheme next to Tate Modern on London’s South Bank, have been allowed by Southwark Council to waive their obligation to include affordable housing amongst the exclusive riverside apartments.

Consent for the scheme included a condition for 34 shared ownership homes. However the council has agreed with the developers, GC Bankside, that due to high property values and high service charges these units are unlikely to be affordable in the foreseeable future.

The planning authority has agreed to vary the planning permission and replace it with a £9m cash payment for housing elsewhere in the borough.


Shot planner’s memorial plaque moved

A plaque dedicated to a council officer shot dead during a planning row is being moved on the 20th anniversary of his death.

Harry Collinson, Derwentside Council's chief planning officer, was killed by Albert Dryden while serving an enforcement order. A police officer and a BBC TV reporter were also shot and seriously injured.

The plaque is being moved from Consett Civic Centre to Durham County Hall, near to the county council's dedication to officers killed in the First and Second World Wars.

The shooting took place on 20 June 1991 in Butsfield, County Durham, near the bungalow Dryden had built without permission.

A digger was on standby to demolish it when Dryden opened fire with a revolver and shot Mr Collinson.

Dryden, now 71, was sentenced to life imprisonment and has repeatedly been refused parole on the grounds that he has shown little genuine remorse.


Objections error over Irish interconnector project

Northern Ireland environment minister Alex Attwood has revealed that a departmental error meant nearly a third of the 6,000 letters of objection to the proposed north-south interconnector project between the Province and the Republic of Ireland had not been passed to the Planning Appeals Commission which is due to hold a hearing into the scheme.

The letters weren’t lost but the department had failed to send photocopies of them to the Commission, he explained.


Roger Milne

23 June 2013