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Adams Hendry Planning & Built Environment News Round-Up - 5th June 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 news of the submission of two DCO applications, details of the plans for the Wales & Borders rail franchise, and could the ‘Oxford Shark’ be Britain’s strangest heritage asset?

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Two energy NSIP projects submitted (The Planner - Requires Log-in)

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has received an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for a gas generation and battery storage project in Yorkshire, and a second application for the Abergelli Power Project.

PINS has 28 days from submission to consider whether or not to accept the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) applications for examination.

Drax Power Station plans to replace its two remaining coal-generating units in North Yorkshire with up to 3.6 gigawatts (GW) of “high efficiency” gas-fired power generation and up to 200 megawatts (MW) of battery storage.

Abergelli Power Ltd (APL), a subsidiary of Drax Group, wants a DCO to deliver a power generation plans, and its electrical and gas connections, on land at Abergelli Farm, south of Felindre.


National park authority launches judicial review challenge over A27 scheme (Local Government Lawyer)

“The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is to launch a judicial review challenge over Highways England’s choice of a preferred route for the A27 Arundel Scheme.

Highways England has selected a modified version of Option 5A as the preferred route for the scheme, which would pass through the South Downs National Park, including an ancient woodland at Binsted.”


Developers not meeting affordable housing demand, report suggests (The Planner – Requires Log-in)

A new report has suggested that just 2 per cent of councils in England feel new development in their area meets policy requirements for affordable housing.

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) research, supported by the Nationwide Foundation, was compiled from 88 councils responses to a survey. It highlights, the TCPA said, the lack of resources at local authorities trying to meet demand for affordable homes.

It suggests that 70 per cent of respondents saying that they are forced to rely “substantially” on developer contributions to affordable housing.


Sharknado: Could the 'Oxford Shark' be Britain's strangest heritage asset? (Irwin Mitchell)

“Most planners who are even vaguely familiar with Oxford City Council have heard of the Shark - a 25 ft fibreglass statue, which protrudes from the roof of an otherwise unremarkable terraced house in Headington.

The Shark started life as a protest sculpture in the late 1980s and had a rather tense start in life. The Council refused a retrospective planning permission for it in 1990 and the statue's future remained uncertain until it was granted permission to remain (on appeal) in 1992. It has now been in situ for over twenty years and has become something of a local landmark…”

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How Wales' railways will be transformed with new stations, trains and jobs through investment worth billions (WalesOnline)

A new era for rail in Wales, with a huge increase in frequency of service, capacity and quality of rolling stock, as well as the creation of 600 new jobs, has been confirmed.

Last week the Welsh Government announced it had chosen KeolisAmey, a joint venture between French transport giant Keolis and Spanish infrastructure management consultancy Amey, to run the next 15 year Wales & Borders rail franchise.

It will also design and build the next phase of the Metro with electrification of the core Valley Lines where £738m of funding has been set aside and the UK Government has reaffirmed its £125m contribution.

Chief executive of Keolis UK, Alistair Gordon, said in five years time the railways in Wales “will be unrecognisable” from what they are today after suffering years of under investment.

KeolisAmey, which will run the franchise from October, says passengers will start to see improvements in service levels from December, with increased capacity on the Valleys Lines and new services between Chester and Liverpool.

Other bidders in the procurement process, overseen by the Welsh Government’s at arm's length transport body Transport for Wales, in MTR, Abellio and holder of the current franchise in German-owned Arriva Train Wales, had a 10 day window to legally challenge if they felt the process had been unfair. However, that 10 day challenge period expired at midnight last Friday.

With new rolling stock on the franchise at a cost of nearly £1bn investment in upgrading existing stations and five new ones, as well as rail operating subsidies, it will have a value of around £5bn over the next 15 years.


World Environment Day 2018 (Awareness Days UK)

World Environment Day is held on Tuesday June 5th 2018, and is on June 5th every year. It isn’t a public holiday, it is an environmental awareness day, run by the United Nations. It is sometimes also unofficially called Eco Day or Environment Day. The aim of the Day is to raise awareness of the environment and specific environmental issues.

Every year there is a new main focus for WED. This year the focus is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, and the press and media are already gearing up for this by reporting on events and efforts to reduce plastic pollution.


Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robbie Williams continue planning battle (BBC)

“A planning battle between music icons Robbie Williams and Jimmy Page is to drag on after a council failed to reach a decision on the singer's swimming pool plans for his west London home.

Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Page had opposed Williams' proposals for a basement with pool at his home.

Neighbour Page argued that excavations would be "catastrophic" for his Grade I listed Gothic-style Tower House.

But Kensington and Chelsea Council's planning committee deferred a decision.

Disagreements between Page, 74, and Williams, 44, began four years ago when the former Take That singer bought the house next to Page - which used to belong to Michael Winner.”

 

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