Sussex’s First IKEA

by Paul Addison on October 3, 2019 No comments

The wait may soon be over for Sussex’s first IKEA superstore.

Following the New Monks Farm site in Lancing being granted planning permission in October 2018, with councillors voting 5-3 in favour of the plans, work could be started before 2020.

The development is anticipated to include:

  • Over 600 homes,
  • The provision of a country park,
  • The relocation of the Withy Patch Gypsy and travellers’ site,
  • A new roundabout to replace the Sussex Pad junction on the A27,
  • A pumping station.
Paul AddisonSussex’s First IKEA

Wildlife Is to Be Better Protected by Developers

by Paul Addison on August 9, 2019 No comments

Developers have been informed by James Brokenshire, the Housing Secretary, that they need to be doing more to protect the British wildlife.

Using systems like hedgehog highways, hollow swift bricks, and creating drainage areas to create wetlands for bird and amphibians, the government has set out new guidelines explaining how developers should be protecting certain British species.

Developers should be taking into consideration the long-term impact their developments will have on ecosystems, both throughout and post construction, says the government.

Paul AddisonWildlife Is to Be Better Protected by Developers

40,000 Dwellings Fulfilled by Homes England

by Paul Addison on July 29, 2019 No comments

In the time between April 2018 and March 2019, 40,289 dwellings have been completed by the government’s housing accelerator, Homes England.

Throughout the same period, 45,692 homes were started on site under programmes managed by Homes England.

These are the highest levels of completions in 4 years, and the highest levels of starts in 9 years, per the organisation.

Paul Addison40,000 Dwellings Fulfilled by Homes England

Birmingham’s 10-year Housing Plan Published

by Paul Addison on June 24, 2019 No comments

Plans to build 2,708 new homes by 2029 have been published by the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT).

An assortment of housing styles are anticipated to be included in the 10-year programme.

Modular dwellings will permit the Birmingham City Council to unlock previously unused, smaller sites.

Paul AddisonBirmingham’s 10-year Housing Plan Published

Approval Granted For £1bn Purfleet Regeneration

by Paul Addison on May 15, 2019 No comments

Outline planning permission has been granted by Thurrock Council’s planning committee, for a £1 billion proposal.

Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd (PCRL), (a joint venture between Urban Catalyst & Swan Housing Association), submitted the plans for Purfleet on Thames.

Up to 2,850 homes are included in the plans, as well as; shops, restaurants, a medical centre, community facilities, a new town centre, upgrades to the rail station, improved riverside area, a new primary school, a 1,000,000 square feet media village with art, film and TV studios and new parks and leisure spaces.

Paul AddisonApproval Granted For £1bn Purfleet Regeneration

Holloway Prison Site Bought by Peabody

by Paul Addison on April 8, 2019 No comments

By means of a £42 million loan from the Mayor of London, the former HM Prison Holloway site has been purchased by housing association Peabody.

By 2022, working with developer London Square, Peabody must have started work on over 1,000 dwellings, 60% of which, need to be for social rent, shared ownership or London Living Rent.

The chief executive of Peabody, Brendan Sarsfield, said:

Paul AddisonHolloway Prison Site Bought by Peabody

Approval of Indoor Snow Centre

by Paul Addison on January 31, 2019 No comments

Swindon Borough Council’s planning committee have approved plans for a £270 million indoor snow centre and leisure centre.

North Star Village is set to become the fifth snow slope designed by the practice, and only the seventh in the UK.

Included in developer Seven Capital’s plans are:

Paul AddisonApproval of Indoor Snow Centre

North London Planning Breaches Create £1.5m Fine

by Paul Addison on January 17, 2019 No comments

After a landlord was caught breaching planning rules for five years in two London boroughs, he has been ordered pay £1.5 million by the Harrow Crown Court, or he faces 9 years of jail time.

56-year-old, Vispasp Sarkari, was found guilty of converting numerous dwellings in Harrow and Brent into insufficient flats without planning permission.

It is said by the councils that he was squeezing tenants into the hazardous conversions, as well as charging extortionate leases.

Included in Sarkari’s properties was one in Brent, that was converted to 8‘box room bedsits’, as well as an additional 4 propertied like this in Harrow.

Paul AddisonNorth London Planning Breaches Create £1.5m Fine

Robbie Williams Granted Permission for Underground Swimming Pool

by Paul Addison on January 8, 2019 No comments

Following a 5-year quarrel with Led Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy Page, Robbie Williams has been granted permission for his controversial underground swimming pool at his home in Kensington.

This verdict could end a five-year spat between the two musicians over the plans for an underground gym and swimming pool at Robbie’s Grade II-listed home off Kensington High Street in west London.

74-year-old Jimmy Paige is worried the building works will damage his Grade I-listed gothic revival mansion.

Paul AddisonRobbie Williams Granted Permission for Underground Swimming Pool

Action Taken Against ‘Vandalism’ of Barn

by Paul Addison on December 6, 2018 No comments

The owner of a barn in Maulds Meaburn will be served an enforcement notice from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) for straying from plans that received planning permission.

Amid conditions, in 2016, Snowdrop Barn was approved by the planning committee to be converted into a home.

Per the national park, unapproved works such as sandblasting of the exterior and repointing with a pink mortar, have been conducted the barn.

Paul AddisonAction Taken Against ‘Vandalism’ of Barn