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A masterplan to expand Glasgow University, which would involve demolishing the city's old Western Infirmary, has been given the green light.
A north London borough has approved plans for 226 homes as part of a mixed-use redevelopment of a 1.44-hectare site within an existing housing estate, after planners concluded that the scheme would deliver both 'affordable and private housing in a sustainable location'.
The government's recently published Estate Regeneration Strategy and Good Practice Guide is a fascinating melange of ideology and experience.
Ever since former London mayor Boris Johnson set up Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) last year, the body has been touting its scheme as the UK's largest regeneration project.
As the Chancellor hunts for ways to inject growth into the economy, it seems likely he will be considering a variety of housing initiatives such as Build to Rent, Custom Build and shovel-ready projects.
- Service Director Planning and Economic Growth Luton Borough Council Luton Borough Council
- Planning Enforcement Team Leader London Borough of Hounslow Hounslow (London Borough), London (Greater)
- Director of Planning Peter Brett Associates City of Bristol
- Service Manager – Development Management Wigan Council Wigan, Greater Manchester
- Planner/Senior Planner Peter Brett Associates Bristol, London, Manchester, Reading
New draft guidance from London's mayor proposes a fast track for subsidy-free schemes that provide more than 35 per cent affordable homes, but experts are divided as to how much the plan would encourage applicants to increase proportions of affordable housing.
Measures to increase build-out rates and allow planning departments to recoup more funds from fee income are expected to be among the main themes in the first planning-related white paper for almost a decade.
The new London mayor has criticised a provisional deal to transfer public land to the body overseeing the huge Old Oak and Park Royal regeneration project in west London, but commentators say that the location of a major Crossrail depot is a bigger threat to the quality of the scheme.
Birmingham City Council hopes to spur more residential development by seeking to compulsorily purchase and build out undeveloped sites allocated for housing where planning permissions have lapsed.