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Adams Hendry Planning & Built Environment News Round-Up - 3rd April 2018

The Adams Hendry News Round-Up highlights recent news and commentary relating to planning and the built environment

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This week’s round-up includes the RTPI committing to improve health through housing, the housing secretary’s decision on two appeals, 10 of the most exciting current infrastructure projects, the UK’s proposal of a deposit return scheme, the future of wind turbines and integrating planning into the curriculum through cycling.

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Appeal: 1,800 homes for Surrey aerodrome branded ‘unsustainable location’ in 2009 (The Planner)

“The appeal related to Dunsfold Park, the largest brownfield site in the Waverley borough council area in Surrey. The site is home to Dunsfold Aerodrome, an airfield built by the Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. After the war, it was used for the construction of jet fighters. It became known more recently as the site of the test track used in the BBC programme Top Gear.

The proposals, submitted by Dunsfold Airport Limited and Rutland Limited, comprise 1,800 homes, 7,500 square metres of care accommodation, commercial, business and recreation uses, and a health and community centre. More than 8,000 square metres of existing buildings would be demolished to make way for the scheme. 

Outline permission for a new settlement on the site was refused by then-secretary of state Hazel Blears in 2009. After Waverley Borough Council approved the present application in December 2016, it was called in by Javid for his own determination. 

Javid noted that since the 2009 scheme, the context of the area had also changed. Among other things, the area’s housing need had become “massively greater”, and the appeal site, which was described as “inherently unsustainable” in 2009, had now been allocated for development in the new local plan with “strong support” from the examining inspector.” 

The secretary of state’s decision – case reference 3171287 – can be read here. 

 

Appeal: Javid backs neighbourhood plan by refusing 220 homes (The Planner)

The Housing Secretary has backed North Somerset Council in refusing permission for 220, attaching significant weight to the Backwell Neighbourhood Plan.

‘North Somerset Council refused permission for the scheme on the grounds that it would conflict with the Backwell Neighbourhood Plan (NP), ‘made’ and adopted in March 2015, which it argued does not allocate the site for development.

The plans were opposed by the local parish council and residents' association, and 923 letters of objection were received at appeal stage.

Javid ruled that although the NP does not state a “specific quantum” of homes to be built, it does indicate sites where “development will be supported”. When read as a whole, therefore, it could be considered to allocate sites for housing. As a result, he ruled, all three of the criteria required by the Written Ministerial Statement were met, and the NP should be afforded significant weight.

The inspector’s report – case reference 3153935 – can be read here.

 

RTPI signs national commitment to improve health through housing (Royal Town Planning Institute)

“Housing plays an essential role in health and wellbeing – homes provide the foundation for healthy, independent, successful lives - and should play a greater role in joined up action on improving health and better health and social care services, says the RTPI.

The RTPI has reaffirmed its commitment this week - along with 25 other government, health and built environment organisations – to joint action to promote better health and well being outcomes.”

 

10 large scale UK infrastructure projects (Barbour Product Search) 

“Based on data from Barbour AB we compiled a list of the UK’s current most exciting high value, large scale infrastructure projects: 

  • Transpennine route upgrade – Leeds, West Yorkshire;
  • Birmingham Spur HS2 line – Birmingham, West Midlands;
  • Dover Western Docks Revival – Dover, Kent;
  • Trafford Park Metrolink Scheme – Manchester, Greater Manchester;
  • Thirlmere to West Cumbria link water mains – Cumbria;
  • Channel Tunnel interconnector project – Folkstone, Kent;
  • Gatwick Airport Pier 6 extension – Gatwick, West Sussex;
  • M1 Junctions 23A to 25 smart motorway – Nottingham, Nottinghamshire;
  • M5 Oldbury Viaduct maintenance – Oldbury, West Midlands; and
  • Carmarthenshire Dock East Quay outfall pipe – Llanellie, Dyfed”
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Bottle and can deposit return scheme gets green light in England (The Guardian)

“All drinks containers in England, whether plastic, glass or metal, will be covered by a deposit return scheme, the government has announced.

Similar schemes operate in 38 countries, and campaigners have worked for a decade for its introduction in England.

Fees vary depending on the size of the bottle or can and many use “reverse vending machines” to automate the return.

Once returned, retailers are responsible for properly recycling the containers. Deposit return schemes (DRS) have increased recycling rates to more than 90% in other countries. 

‘It is absolutely vital we act now to tackle this threat and curb the millions of plastic bottles a day that go unrecycled’ said the environment secretary Michael Gove.”

 

Reaping the wind with the biggest turbines ever made (BBC)

“The world's current largest wind turbine is a third less powerful than that, generating 8MW. Various companies, including Siemens, are working on turbines around the 10MW mark. 

The world's biggest wind turbines are generally installed offshore rather than on land. That way, they avoid being gigantic eyesores in our midst and are able to harness the powerful winds out at sea. 

On 17 March, more than a third of domestic electricity generation in Britain was achieved with wind power, theNational Grid reported. This is a record. 

The potential of offshore wind has prompted some to draw up plans for future windfarms on an enormous scale, in waters many miles from land. 

Dutch firm TenneT has developed a concept for a very large windfarm that could be built at Dogger Bank, an area of shallow water in the North Sea.It would include a man-made island where substations could be located and, with many hundreds of turbines, supply power to countries including the UK.” 

 

New path extension puts active travel on the curriculum (Sustrans)

“In Danderhall Primary school in Midlothian, our I Bike Officer and engineering team came together to deliver STEM curriculum-based lessons on a new traffic-free cycling and walking route.

The route was identified as a priority due to the prospect of 4,000 new homes being built in the area, with limited active travel routes to local amenities and lack of awareness of key commuter routes to Edinburgh City Centre. 

The collaborative approach between our engineering and I Bike team meant the local school children were engaged with the project from the start. They learned how the 3km path extension would transform a disused railway line into a path that links communities living in Lasswade, Danderhall and Shawfair.”

 

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