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Plans for 10,000 new homes on show in West Sussex

Homes England has announced dates for nine exhibitions where members of the public can ask about plans to build 10,000 homes west of Ifield.
The plans, which have received a mixed reaction from the public and local councils, include five primary schools, two secondary schools, a western relief road and 35 per cent affordable housing.

The exhibitions will be held on:

Friday January 10 at the Gurjar Hindu Union, Apple Tree Centre, Ifield Avenue, from 3-8pm;
Saturday January 11 at Ghyll Manor, High Street, Rusper, from 10am-3pm;
Monday January 13 at Horsham Sports Club, Cricketfield Road, Horsham, from 3-8pm;
Tuesday January 14 at Ifield West Community Centre, 1A Dobbins Place, Crawley, from 4-8pm;
Wednesday January 15, The Hawth Theatre, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, from 10am-1pm and 3-8pm;
Thursday January 16 at Ghyll Manor, High Street, Rusper, Horsham, from 3-8pm;
Friday January 17 at Ifield West Community Centre, 1A Dobbins Place, Crawley, from 4-8pm;
Saturday January 18 at the Gurjar Hindu Union, Apple Tree Centre, Ifield Avenue, from 10am-3pm.

Community group Talk Ifield will be hosting an open meeting on Wednesday January 22 where people will be able to talk to councillors about the impact the development would have on the neighbourhood and the town.

It will be held at the Elim Church, The Mardens, Ifield, from 7-8.30pm.

“At our last Talk Ifield open forum back in September, we promised to hold a special open forum as soon as possible on Homes England’s controversial proposal to build 10,000 new homes to the west of Ifield over the coming few years.

“Our meeting on January 22 will therefore be a timely opportunity to hear directly from our local councillors and other community representatives about what Homes England’s plans will mean for us and our neighbourhood, and to start the discussion about how we should respond to them.”

Mark Sudan, chair of the Talk Ifield management committee

A petition opposing the plans has been signed by more than 2,000 people.

Written by Karen Dunn

Source: SpiritFM

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UK construction sector shrinks again amid election uncertainty

The UK construction sector contracted for the seventh month running in November as new work fell sharply amid yet more political uncertainty, survey data has shown.

The poor performance of the sector led firms to lay off workers for the eighth month in a row, in the latest sign that Britain’s jobs boom is slowing.

The IHS Markit/Cips UK construction purchasing managers’ index came in at 45.3 in November, compared to 44.2 in October. A figure below 50 indicates contraction.

Economists had predicted a score of 44.5, meaning November’s figure beat expectations and was the slowest drop in overall construction for four months.

Nonetheless, the UK’s building sector showed no signs of escaping its recent recession ahead of the 12 December General Election.

Both Labour and the Conservatives have promised to ramp up spending on infrastructure should they win power, which could boost the construction sector.

Duncan Brock, group director at Cips – the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply – said: “Brexit uncertainty, an impending General Election and wet weather all combined to keep the construction sector firmly in its contraction hole last month.”

All three main areas of construction contracted in November. Civil engineering was the worst-performing category, followed by commercial building. There was a much slower decline in housing activity.

On top of the political uncertainty that has dragged on UK economic growth in 2019, respondents reported that a lack of new work to replace old contracts and the unusually wet weather weighed on the sector in November.

Tim Moore, economics associate director at data firm IHS Markit, said: “The forthcoming General Election continued to send a chill breeze across the sector.”

He added: “House-building has been the most resilient category of construction output in 2019. However, it remains a concern that overall volumes of residential building work have dropped in each month since June.”

By Harry Robertson

Source: City AM

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140 New Homes Could Be Built In Scarborough Village

Up to 140 new homes could be built in a Scarborough village after the borough council backed a planning application.

The trustees of Mrs E Guthrie’s 1991 settlement applied for outline permission to build homes on a 1.49 hectare field south of Racecourse Road in
East Ayton.

The site is included in the Scarborough Local Plan and although no details of the number of potential homes have been submitted at this stage it has an indicative yield of 140 dwellings in its local plan listing.

The site was previously granted permission to be used for residential development in 2016, but that permission has now expired.

Scarborough Council’s planning committee met on Thursday (6th) to grant approval.

At the meeting, ward councillor Heather Phillips (Con) asked the committee to pause the plans for further study.

She said:

“In the last three years a lot has changed in the village in terms of transport. We are down to one bus. We need to think about how we develop the village when some of the infrastructure is not there when the original planning application was given, 2016 doesn’t seem that long ago but feelings were very much raised in the village regarding this as we saw it as people coming along and imposing targets on us.

We have 96 houses going up the other side of this site and God knows how many more on the larger portion of the site.”

Cllr Phil Trumper (Con) asked for how many vehicle movements went past the site, saying without that information he could not make an “objective” decision.

The committee was told the Highways Authority had the information and had not objected to the proposal.

Cllr David Chance (Con) said:

“Highways are the experts, we are not the experts. What are we going to do with [the] numbers? We can’t extrapolate them we haven’t got a clue what the guidance is for this kind of thing. I have some sympathy but I think on planning terms we can’t defer it.”

The plans were approved.

By Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan

Source: Yorkshire Coast Radio

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New homes plan at former Holywell hospital site looks set to be given the go ahead

Almost 30 new homes look set to be created both in and around a derelict hospital.

Proposals to transform the infirmary wing of the former Lluesty Hospital in Holywell into 14 apartments have been recommended for approval.

If the move is ratified by politicians next week, 15 new houses would also be built on the surrounding land.

The building been out of use since the new Holywell Community Hospital opened in 2008.

It was originally constructed as a workhouse in the late 1830s before becoming a hospital in 1948.

Planning officials in Flintshire have given the scheme their backing, stating that it will secure the long term future of the Grade II listed property.

In a report, Andrew Farrow, the local authority’s chief planning officer, said: “The site has been vacant since the hospital closed and has fallen into disrepair prior to purchase.

“The application site consists of part of the former Lluesty Hospital and contains the Edwardian infirmary wing of the former hospital and two air raid shelters together with associated roads and car parking.

“It is a previously developed site and the proposal seeks to regenerate a highly visible large derelict building which is part of the curtilage listing of the wider site.

“The development therefore meets the aims of Planning Policy Wales and would make a significant contribution to the housing land supply.

“As the scheme removes buildings within the site of lesser architectural merit and preserves the bespoke architectural character of the curtilage building in association with the adjacent listed buildings and their setting, it is considered that the principle of the proposal is acceptable.”

The application is separate to the existing planning permission granted for 89 homes on another area of the site in 2016.

According to the company behind the proposals, WW Construction Limited, the infirmary wing is now separately owned.

No objections have been received in response to the proposals.

Mr Farrow has recommended the plans for approval subject to the firm entering a legal agreement to pay more than £12,000 towards improving the play area at Fron Park in Holywell.

Meanwhile, a similar sum would need to be given to enhanced facilities at Holway Play Area in the town.

The development will be considered by Flintshire Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, 3 April.

By Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter 

Source: Deeside

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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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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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Detailed proposals submitted for 80 new homes in Gwernaffield

Detailed proposals have been entered which could see 80 new homes and a convenience store built in a village in Flintshire.

The Bromfield Group has been consulting on plans to develop land at Coppy Farm in Gwernaffield, near Mold.

The local developers have now submitted a formal application despite opposition from villagers.

A campaign website has been set up by members of the ‘Gwernaffield Says No’ group, who said the area did not have enough facilities to support the growth in population.

80 new homes

They said: “Dwellings in Gwernaffield would grow from 358 to 438 – up 22 per cent with the potential for a further 90 plus houses accessible via the land marked in blue on the plan.

“The population of Gwernaffield could grow from just over 800 to 1200 – up 50 per cent.

“So too would the consequential traffic, pollution, noise and the pressure on amenities like water, sewerage, electricity, broadband and the village primary school, local GP surgeries and hospitals.”

Criticism has also been raised over the fact the development only includes two affordable houses.

However, the Bromfield Group said the homes would be suitable for couples and families.

They said: “In terms of the social benefits of the proposed development, the scheme will provide housing within the accessible and sustainable settlement of Gwernaffield.

“The type of housing proposed reflects a need for first time buyer up to large family houses.

“There is a high demand for this type of housing in Gwernaffield and the surrounding area, predominantly providing dwellings suitable for couples and families.


80 new homes

Proposed design

“In terms of the economic benefits that will arise from the proposed development, in the short term the proposal will offer employment opportunities and additional spend within the locality during the construction period.

“In the longer term new housing also delivers significant economic benefits including jobs, additional spending in the local economy and an increase to local authority revenue.

“The convenience store will create jobs and provide a location for the sale of local produce as well as keeping some local spend within the community.”

Flintshire Council is aiming to make a decision on the proposals by mid-February.

Source: Deeside

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New affordable housing scheme in Deeside could help to tackle homelessness

A new affordable housing scheme could help to tackle homelessness in Flintshire, it has been claimed.

An application has been entered to build 12 flats on land near St Andrew’s Church in Garden City.

The development would be constructed by Wates Residential, who said it would be targeted towards vulnerable people experiencing difficulties accessing permanent accommodation.

It forms part of Flintshire Council’s Strategic Housing and Regeneration Programme (SHARP), which aims to meet the housing needs of the local community.

The land formerly belonged to the Church in Wales and was bought by the authority in March 2017 with funding from the Welsh Government.

In a planning statement, Wates said: “A key challenge facing the council is the rising cost of providing bed and breakfast / emergency accommodation for people who present as homeless.

In response to this, the council has established its work place project, a partnership between Flintshire County Council Housing Solutions, Communities for Work and Job Centre Plus.

“The project aims to provide housing linked to support and employment for people who are currently subject to a homeless duty.

“Through the project, an experienced mentor will be assigned specifically to support clients through the process ensuring that the client is on a work programme and pathway which is bespoke to the individual.

“The new housing scheme presents an opportunity for tenants to utilise the new facilities at the St Andrew’s Hub, providing and encouraging regular social interaction, training and support.

“Clients on the Work Place Project will be given apprenticeships, job placements and training opportunities on this and other SHARP schemes utilising the St Andrew’s Hub for classroom-based training.”

A community library previously occupied the site but has since been demolished.

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The development site at St Andrew’s Church, Garden City. Source: Wates Residential

The proposed flats have been split into two blocks, one made up of eight two-bedroom flats and another with four one-bedroom flats.

A total of £1.1 million was successfully secured in funding from the Welsh Government to support it via the Innovative Housing Programme in October 2018.

It followed a presentation to the Design Commission for Wales in August 2018 and a subsequent interview with officials from Cardiff Bay.

Some of the flats will come with external roof gardens.

Wates added: “The properties have been designed specifically for this scheme with a vision to create a small, intimate community, made up of a mixed demographic and tenancy across the different sized units.

“The external roof gardens have not only been identified as a way to maximise usable space on site, but it is envisioned that these small, intimate and semi-private spaces will also promote a sense of individuality and personalisation for residents, ultimately creating a sense of ownership; a place or home where people want to stay and live in.

“The development of this site will provide housing in the Garden City area and make a positive contribution in strengthening the community as well as remove a vacant site that could otherwise fall foul of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.”

Comments are being invited on the proposals via the Flintshire Council website until February 8, 2019.

The authority will then make a decision on them at a later date.

Source: Deeside

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More than 800 homes planned in £260m Hove scheme

More than 600 flats for rent are being planned as part of a £262 million scheme to transform a tired industrial estate in Hove.

A further 265 self-contained flats aimed at older people with care needs are also proposed for what the developers said was “Brighton and Hove’s largest brownfield site”.

They also promised “new open areas, green spaces and nature trails” on the nine-acre site near the top of Sackville Road.

And there is even the prospect of a new footbridge at Hove station and links with neighbouring schemes such as those in Newtown Road where KAP Peugeot wants to build almost 150 flats.

The housing association Hyde has almost finished building dozens of homes on another nearby site in Newtown Road.

The latest scheme involves demolishing all the current buildings on the Sackville Trading Estate and Hove Goods Yard – between Sackville Road and Hove station.

The details of the scheme are set out in a planning application which has been accepted by Brighton and Hove City Council from build-to-rent business Moda Living and the landowner Coal Pension Properties.

They include a series of blocks up to 13 storeys high, containing homes, shops and offices and “a multi-functional health and wellbeing centre”.

The scheme has been submitted to the council a month after outline plans for Toads Hole Valley where another developer hopes to build 880 homes on the northern edge of Hove.

The progress on both sites comes as housebuilder Crest Nicholson appears to have stalled with its scheme for the King Alfred Leisure Centre on Hove seafront.

Crest was picked as the council’s development partner almost three years ago to build hundreds of flats and a new swimming pool and sports facilities.

But the long delay in signing a key agreement has prompted councillors to call for Crest to be dropped.

The Sackville Trading Estate site has been the subject of previous planning applications but recently a great deal of attention has been focused there and on the wider area around Hove station.

Moda Living and Coal Pension Properties said that the site was in a strategic position within the designated “Hove station development area” in the council’s City Plan.

The Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum has been working on a wider masterplan for the local area.

Moda Living and Coal Pension Properties said that the Sackville Trading Estate and Hove Goods Yard had been identified for redevelopment for a number of years.

Their proposal, they said, would “secure the long-awaited redevelopment of this underutilised part of Hove”.

They also said that their scheme would provide “significant investment to enhance the overall vibrancy of the site while acting as a catalUyst for the wider regeneration of the Hove station area and of the city as a whole”.


The Sackville Trading Estate

The applicants said: “The site is characterised by a general industrial / commercial feel, with the vast majority of the site currently underutilised with relatively low levels of employment.

“Previous attempts to see the site redeveloped several years ago were victim to the economic downturn and many of the units on the site have been vacant or under-used for a number of years in anticipation of redevelopment.

“Moda Living is an owner / operator / investor which is at the forefront in the new and ongoing build-to-rent revolution across the UK rental landscape.

“Fully funded for delivery and operation, Moda offers long-term management with on-site teams, actively promoting a healthy social lifestyle with the focus on aspirational residential experiences.

“A key focus for Moda is the creation of spaces for residents to live, work and play with an array of high-quality amenities such as lounges, cinemas and gyms as well as services such as 24-hour concierge and on-site management teams.

“Build-to-rent developments planned and managed by Moda provide much more than residential accommodation, creating place-making which provides a lifestyle for residents.

“Moda is playing a significant role in the regeneration of several cities across the UK, with developments (consented and under construction) in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool.


A proposed entrance to the Sackville Road scheme

“Moda is creating destinations not just for residents but for the wider community to use and enjoy with high-quality environments offering spaces to ‘live, work and play’ for residents and visitors alike.

“The regeneration of the Sackville Trading Estate and Coal Yard represents an opportunity for Moda to bring their city living offer to Brighton and Hove and provide much needed housing for the city.

“There is also a long-term aspiration for a new footbridge link connecting the site (at the southeast) with Hove station.

“Discussions are ongoing between the applicant and Network Rail over the feasibility of such a link and the proposed development has been designed to accommodate a potential future footbridge as the applicant remains committed to providing a direct link from the site to the station if at all possible.”

The plans include 307 parking spaces for cars, almost half of them in the “care community” for older people, to be run by Mayfield Villages.

The applicants said: “Mayfield Villages is a new care community brand owned by Audley, an experienced and well respected owner and operator of high-quality care communities for older people.”

“When a resident decides to live in a Mayfield community, they have decided that they no longer wish to, or no longer can, live in their own homes.

“The reasons are many and can involve, illness, bereavement, the after-effects of major surgery, a break-in or simply ageing when the stairs and garden become too onerous to navigate or maintain.

“The average age of entry for residents in Audley’s existing villages is currently 79 years and it is anticipated that the same will be true for the proposed Mayfield Villages development.

“The projected employment levels for Mayfield’s care community in Hove is anticipated to be 75 full-time equivalent staff.

“Mayfield Village communities are centred on their communal facilities, which comprise a significant proportion of the floor area and include
▪ hydrotherapy pool and treatment rooms
▪ hairdressing salon
▪ gymnasium with exercise machines and exercise room
▪ full commercial kitchen
▪ restaurant and bar / bistro for informal eating
▪ relaxation terrace and external landscaped sitting areas
▪ library
▪ hobbies room / painting studio
▪ village hall
▪ meeting room for use by staff and residents
▪ care office
▪ 24-hour security facilities

“Mayfield organise and facilitate a full weekly calendar of activities ranging from lectures to language classes, from bridge club to visits off-site. Residents decide what they want and how they want to live.”

Moda Living and Coal Pension Properties added: “The proposed development will deliver significant socio-economic benefits for the city.”

It said that these included
▪ £140 million capital investment
▪ 613 new build-to-rent homes housing for 1,141 residents
▪ 265 new care home residential units for 365 residents
▪ 455 gross full-time equivalent jobs (330 net direct full-time equivalent jobs)
▪ a further 92 gross full-time equivalent construction jobs
▪ 90 skills development, work placements and apprentice starts for young people
▪ about £1.95 million in annual public sector receipts from additional council tax and business rates
▪ an estimated £10.2 million economic impact for the construction phase and a further annual £6.68 million to the local economy each year

The council is aiming to decide whether to grant planning permission by Thursday 7 March.

Source: Brighton & Hove News

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Work begins to build new homes in Bourne

A turf-cutting ceremony has marked the start of a £3m development in Bourne to provide new homes in the town centre.

The project, run by South Kesteven District Council’s commercial company Gravitas Housing, will bring 20 two-bedroom apartments and five three-bedroom town houses, along with 25 parking spaces, increased from 20 following public consultation.

The Deputy Leader of South Kesteven District Council, Cllr Kelham Cooke, said that attracting residents to come and live in the town centre was an essential part of the council’s vision for the district.

He said: “The council commissioned a survey by a national property firm that not only identified a low supply of town centre homes but also highlighted a buoyant demand for quality properties in Bourne, which is within commuting distance of Peterborough.

“Wherry’s Lane will, therefore, help us deliver much-needed high quality new homes for Bourne right in the heart of the town, with a wide range of shops, services, facilities and employment opportunities within easy walking distance. The new development will contribute to the vitality of the town.”

The project’s design reflects the neighbouring historic mill, as well as fitting in with contemporary properties at Wherry’s Lane and providing a sense of enclosure in keeping with the character of this historic market town.

Planning agreements will help the nearby Hereward Group Practice health centre with £11,000 to meet increasing patient numbers. A further £454,000 will be set aside to help provide affordable housing off site.

The Gravitas project, next to Bourne Conservation Area, will be built by contractor RG Carter in sympathetic red brick with slate tile roofs and frontage to both Burghley Street and Wherry’s Lane, with a four-storey focal point at the junction of those streets.

Senior project officer Gemma Harte said: “The ceremonial turf cutting marks a significant milestone in the construction of 25 new properties for the town centre.

“This is the first of a pipeline of schemes for Gravitas Housing and we are determined for it to be a success. Not only will this project offer a new market housing product in Bourne it will, as a result of the planning agreement, generate much needed affordable homes in the town too.”

Gravitas Housing is a wholly-owned commercial housing company giving SKDC the opportunity to acquire, develop and manage housing and commercial residential property in the private sector.

Source: Lincolnshire Today