Mammoth Newport Solar Farm

by Paul Addison on November 29, 2018 No comments

Near Newport, a huge solar farm has been approved.

This is the first green energy scheme to receive planning permission as a ‘Development of National Significance’ under the Planning (Wales) Act 2015.

Included in the project is the previous Llanwern steelworks in Newport.

Paul AddisonMammoth Newport Solar Farm

Construction On 2,700 Hectares of London Land

by Paul Addison on November 8, 2018 No comments

A think tank has said that construction has not yet begun on 2,700 hectares of land in London that has planning permission.

Additionally, the report “Meanwhile, In London: Making Use of London’s Empty Spaces by the Centre for London” stated that in London there are currently 24,400 empty commercial properties, 22,500 of which have been empty for minimum of 6 months.

This is enough empty space to accommodate 160,000 to 200,000 workers.

Paul AddisonConstruction On 2,700 Hectares of London Land

London Planning Teams Cash Boost

by Paul Addison on October 30, 2018 No comments

With the aim to ‘beef’ up councils’ housing and planning teams, a £10 million fund has been started by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London.

Khan has said new council homes have been prevented by London councils budgets decreasing by 50%.

To lift housing and planning teams, councils can bid for up to £750,000 each from the Homebuilding Capacity Fund.

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Notting Hill Gate Housing Plans Approved

by Paul Addison on October 5, 2018 No comments

A development in Notting Hill has been permitted planning permission by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London.

This follows Khan working with the developer to secure amendments to the scheme, which includes a sizeable amount of affordable housing.

In March the scheme encompassed 46 homes, 17% of which were affordable, and was refused by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council. The application was then called in by Sadiq Khan.

Paul AddisonNotting Hill Gate Housing Plans Approved

Barclays And The Government Join Forces

by Paul Addison on September 27, 2018 No comments

The government and Barclays have teamed up as the government looks to achieve its promise to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.

The two have joined forces to provide £1 billion of development finance to assist in the speed and volume of housing provision across England.

The chairman of Barclays, John McFarlane, said:

“There is a vital need to build more good-quality homes across the country. This £1 billion fund is about helping to do exactly that by showing firms in the business of housebuilding that the right finance is available for projects that help meet this urgent need.”

Paul AddisonBarclays And The Government Join Forces

Hull Residents Reject Neighbourhood Plan

by Paul Addison on September 25, 2018 No comments

Amongst accusations of poor consultation, Hull residents have rejected a neighbourhood plan.

For the Thornton area, 58% of residents voted against adopting the neighbourhood plan.

With 203 residents voting in favour of the plan, and 281 rejecting it, the turnout of the electorate was less that 18%.

Paul AddisonHull Residents Reject Neighbourhood Plan

Botany Bay Redevelopment

by Paul Addison on September 7, 2018 No comments

Plans to redevelop Botany Bay have been approved by Chorley Council.

Separated by the Leeds to Liverpool canal, 4 individual applications for the 91 acre site are involved.

The company accountable for three of the applications, FI Real Estate Management, will be refurbishing a Victorian cotton mill that is located on the site into shops.

Paul AddisonBotany Bay Redevelopment

London Office Tower Given The Go Ahead

by Paul Addison on August 28, 2018 No comments

At 100 Leadenhall, a new skyscraper, Cheesegrater 2, has been granted planning permission by The City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation.

The building, set to include 56 storeys and reach 264.4 metres, will be constructed by Lai Sun Development Company. It is also set to be the third-tallest building in the Square Mile.

Already existing developments at 100, 106 and 107 Leadenhall Street will be demolished for the project.

Paul AddisonLondon Office Tower Given The Go Ahead

£1.67 Billion Social Housing Commitment Revealed By Government

by Paul Addison on August 16, 2018 No comments

It has been revealed by James Brokenshire, the housing secretary, that there will be a £1.67 billion investment from the government to deliver 23,000 affordable dwellings.

Constructed in high-cost areas to support families struggling to pay their rent, a minimum of 12,500, of the 23,000 homes will be social rent homes.

This money forms part of the £9 billion the government has invested into affordable housing.

Paul Addison£1.67 Billion Social Housing Commitment Revealed By Government

Demand For Affordable Housing Not Being Met

by Paul Addison on June 27, 2018 No comments

Only 2% of councils feel they are meeting policy requirements for affordable housing, says report.

88 councils’ responded to the survey and made up the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) research, supported by the Nationwide Foundation.

In the report, there is an emphasis on the shortage of resources for local authorities trying to meet a demand for affordable homes, said the TCPA.

A whopping 70% of local authorities are having to “substantially” trust developer offerings for affordable housing, says the report.

Paul AddisonDemand For Affordable Housing Not Being Met