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More than 100 homes planned for land at Wolverhampton’s Halfpenny Green Airport

More than 100 homes could be built on land at Wolverhampton Airport under new plans.

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Blueprint for around 8,000 new homes in Wrexham based on ‘outdated’ figures

Wrexham Council has been urged to revisit a blueprint suggesting sites for around 8,000 new homes amid claims the figures are ‘outdated’.

In November a majority of councillors backed the submission of the county’s Local Development Plan (LDP) to an independent inspector despite concerns about the scale of development.

A Plaid Cymru politician is now calling on the local authority to reconsider after new Welsh Government guidelines drastically reduced the expected amount of extra housing in North Wales in the next 20 years.

Regional guidelines published this week show a central estimate of around 1,600 homes will be needed across the six counties each year for the next five years, which will later reduce to 400.

It compares to an annual average of more than 500 homes outlined yearly for Wrexham alone in its LDP.

North Wales AM Llyr Gruffydd said he had questioned the previous population projections since he was elected in 2011 and is now challenging the need to build on green barrier sites.

He said: “In its draft LDP Wrexham Council claims it needs to build 517 new houses a year to meet demand.

“The new projections show that, across all six counties in the North, we’re looking at an average of 400 by the 2030s.

“Despite this, planning officers are still using the old projections to justify their claims.

“We’re in danger of being bounced into making decisions based on outdated figures.”

The draft LDP was submitted despite strong opposition in several communities and claims the blueprint was ‘fundamentally flawed’.

Most of the issues raised centred around the amount of homes proposed, as well as the potential location of three gypsy and traveller sites in Brymbo, Hanmer and Llay.

However, council leader Mark Pritchard urged politicians to back moving the plan forward.

He told them it was the only way for people in Wrexham to maintain influence over the proposals.

Wrexham Council has been asked to comment on the new Welsh Government housing need figures, but had not responded at the time of publication.

Source: Wrexham

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Multi-million pound boost to build thousands of homes in new garden towns

A £9m cash injection to speed up the building of new garden towns and villages across the country has been announced.

The Garden Communities project is expected to deliver 200,000 properties on large sites by 2050, and the latest funding will help get 21 sites ready for development.

Longmarston in Stratford is set to benefit from the scheme, with a £300,000 cash boost for 3,500 homes.

The government project aims to help councils get well-designed homes built on large sites, and the money will help pay for master-planning and technical studies.

Work is already underway on 10,000 properties across the country in garden towns and villages, with 36,000 expected to be underway or completed by 2022.

Housing Minister Kit Malthouse said: “We have not built enough homes in this country for the last three decades, and we are turning that around as we work towards our target to build 300,000 properties a year by the mid-2020s.

“This £9m funding boost is giving councils the support and cash injection they need so they can finish planning new developments and get diggers on site.”

The funding will be administered by Homes England.

Source: The Business Desk

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£26.5m funding secured to support York development

Palace Capital has secured a new £26.5m funding facility to support the mixed-use Hudson Quarter development in York.

The company, through subsidiary Palace Capital (Developments), has signed a new £26.5m loan facility with Barclays Bank.

This facility, together with existing cash resources, will part finance the mixed-use Hudson Quarter development, which will comprise 27 residential apartments, 34,500 sq ft of offices, 5,000 sq ft of commercial space and car parking.

Palace Capital acquired the two-acre site, formerly the site of the 100,000 sq ft Hudson House office building, as part of the corporate acquisition of the Sequel Portfolio from Quintain in 2013.

The company secured planning consent to demolish the existing 1960s office blocks and to replace them with the Hudson Quarter development in August 2017. Demolition was completed in December 2018 and construction work is due to start on site this month (February 2019), with completion of the scheme expected in early 2021.

Neil Sinclair, chief executive of Palace Capital, said: “We are pleased to have secured funding for this exciting new scheme located centrally in York, within the old historic walls of the city and only one minutes’ walk from the train station which can be reached from London in under two hours. We are confident that the development will attract strong interest from potential residential purchasers as well as commercial and office tenants.”

Palace Capital is advised by Numis Securities and Arden Partners.

Source: Insider Media

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Shropshire Council defend plans to build hundreds of homes in Bridgnorth

Plans to build hundreds of homes in a new Bridgnorth garden settlement and set aside green belt land for future development have been defended by Shropshire Council.

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£38.7 million to build 1,000 new homes

Hundreds of new homes will be built after a Black Country housing group was awarded nearly £40 million.

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Another £500m promised to affordable housing projects in England

Almost £500m will go towards building desperately-needed affordable homes in England, the UK government has announced.

Housing associations from Essex to Eccleston will receive a share of £497m to build a total of about 11,000 new properties, including ones for social rent.

The UK is currently facing its biggest housing shortfall on record, with a backlog of almost four million homes, according to research by Heriot-Watt University. This means 340,000 new homes need to be built every year until 2031.

The funding boost will help the government as it strives to build 300,000 new properties every year by the mid-2020s.

Potential partnerships between the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) and housing associations will be agreed upon by Homes England, which funds affordable housing across the country.

The housing associations will then have the freedom to spend the money on developments where they can have the biggest impact.

This is the third wave of strategic partnerships between the MHCLG and housing associations. The previous wave was part of the 2018 Budget.

Housing associations Bromford, Curo & Swan, Liverpool Mutual Homes & Torus, Longhurst & Nottingham Community Housing Association, Together, Walsall Housing Group, and Yorkshire and Your Housing Group will all benefit from this round of funding.

Alongside this, homes will be built on London rooftops after Homes England agreed upon a £9m three-year funding deal with real estate developer Apex Airspace Developments.

Apex is a pioneer of “airspace” development, where unused airspace above residential, commercial, and public buildings is used as a location for new homes.

The properties — which will be built in Tooting, Wanstead, Walthamstow, Putney, and Wallington — will largely be constructed off-site before being winched on top of buildings, minimising disruption to residents, according to the MHCLG.

The first of the homes will be completed by this summer, with a total of 78 rooftop homes built over three years. The project is being funded from the government’s £4.5bn Home Building Fund.

“By providing targeted investment in affordable homes, and funding innovative projects to build rooftop properties, we are making our housing market work for everyone,” communities secretary James Brokenshire said.

“Our £500m funding boost for housing associations will help them build thousands of extra affordable homes — including properties for social rent.

“These measures are all part of our plans to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.”

Source: Yahoo Finance UK

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The ambitious plans for 100 homes and primary school to form ‘new gateway’ for Tonbridge

Developers are applying to build 100 homes and a new primary school in a scheme they claim would form a new gateway to Tonbridge.

The ambitious plans have been submitted to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and form part of a longer term aim to develop land along Haysden Lane on the edge of Haysden Country Park.

Developer, Hallam Land Management, wants to build the homes on two fields butting the eastern boundary of the Hayesbrook School on one side and the Judd School’s sports facilities to the other and have put forward two options.

Hallam Land Management have put forward two options - with and without a primary school
Hallam Land Management have put forward two options – with and without a primary school (Image: Kent and Sussex Courier)

One would include 100 homes and a two entry class primary school with access from Lower Haysden Lane while the second shows 125 homes to the south of the site.

Consultants drawing up plans on their behalf say the 10.64 hectares, currently used for pasture, would retain their open feel and houses would be built as a “sustainable extension to Tonbridge.”

The application is made possible after Tonbridge and Malling planners set aside the plot in its 2007 local plan – dubbing it an area “safeguarded” for development and removing it from the Greenbelt. The borough’s new local plan is currently being drawn up and will set planning policy until 2031.

It includes the same piece of land plus a larger area  which has been broadly earmarked for the development of 480 homes – running from Haysden Country Park and the Hayesbrook School down over Lower Haysden Lane to the A21.

Developers claim the development would have an open feel
Developers claim the development would have an open feel (Image: Kent and Sussex Courier)

But the site – just 500 metres from the High Weald’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is bound to prove controversial – pushing the boundaries of the town’s Greenbelt.

In a statement presented to the council,  Hallem Land Management claim homes will be built over less than half of the overall site with recreational spaces preserved and trees and green buffers planted throughout.

Source: Kent Live