GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE CONTROVERSIAL PLANNING REFORMS
IN THE EARLY NEW YEAR
BORIS Johnson will unleash a series of controversial planning reforms in the early new year, in a bid to turbocharge home building and solve Britain’s housing shortage. The rapid assault, expected as early as January, was revealed by the PM’s most senior advisor Mr Dominic Cummings in a briefing to all ministerial aides in No10 on 16th June.
Changes planned include:
• Allowing developers and homeowners to build upwards, adding up to two extra storeys on homes and blocks of flats without necessarily needing approval.
• Building on greenbelt areas where there are already developments, such as around railway stations.
• A new system of rebates to rapidly speed up the green light to build from councils is also being plotted. Under it, applicants will get their fees repaid in full if local authorities don’t meet tight deadlines.
• Scrapping a regulation that forces builders to apply for permission if they want to demolish a commercial property and replace it with homes. A green paper from the Institute of Civil Engineers to transfer office space to housing rapidly.
The substantial overhaul is designed to deliver on independent estimates that Britain must build 300,000 new homes a year to solve the nation’s housing shortage.
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TRAFFORD PLANNING MEETINGS TO RECOMMENCE
Some good news from our point of view, we have heard that TBC Planning Meetings are to recommence officially next week, with a Virtual Meeting taking place on Thursday 28th May.
STATION BUILDINGS SOLD BY PETROS
Station Buildings aka Stamford House has been sold by Petros to the Pervaiz Naviede Trust Property Investment Company, based in Salford Quays. David Eastwood and the late Harry Scholar were largely responsible for rescuing the building from long term dereliction. Sue Nichols ensured that the interior fittings were kept. It is being described as mixed use (retail on ground floor and rented apartments above) .Originally it was professional services. Petros intended eventually to sell the residential so we shall be keeping an eye open. Atlanta Chamber sis part of the sale. The very large advertisement on a wall owned by Network Rail has prevented better use of Atlanta House by blocking the windows so again we shall watch for developments.
Bruntwood has announced it is furlowing staff
Bruntwood has announced it is furlowing staff so let’s hope it doesn’t affect the joint ventures in the town centre. They are part of the plans announced to turn Wythenshawe Hospital into a “sustainable health village” which will mean building on green belt.
WHEATSHEAF HOTEL REDEVELOPMENT
Wheatsheaf Hotel in the Sandiway Conservation Area is the subject to a Planning Application for the site to be redeveloped, changing the use to residential with retention of the buildings with additional building together with an underground car park. The Civic Soc is objecting on the grounds of over-intensive use of the site. Liz Lewis will be sent a copy.
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Green Space Strategy
Trafford MBC is to review their Green Space Strategy as it is now ten years old. The review will cover all aspects of green space including parks, recreation space, children’s play space, public health, biodiversity, and climate change.
The Altrincham & Bowdon Civic Society will be making a contribution to the revision to ensure no green space is lost and what we currently have is enhanced and complimented. If you would like to be involved then either contact the Civic Society or Trafford direct. Trafford have already said they want the review and rewrite to have as much public involvement as possible.
The loss of Green Belt land within the Trafford boundary is outside the scope of this review except where it might impinge on recreation space.
The 2009 Strategy document can be found here https://www.trafford.gov.uk/planning/strategic-planning/docs/trafford-greenspace-strategy-january-2010.pdf
Greater Manchester Spatial Framework
Altrincham & Bowdon Civic Society made a contribution to the second public consultation of the proposals contained within the new Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. We have been drawing on the expertise of the Council for the Protection of Rural England who have done some excellent work on detailing how the Framework’s employment and housing needs figures far exceed what is really going to be required. Using more realistic employment figures the loss of Green Belt will be much less.
GREATER MANCHESTER SPACIAL FRAMEWORK FINAL CONSULTATION DELAYED DUE TO COVID 19
Altrincham and Bowdon Civic Society is taking the opportunity to liaise with Strategic Planning at Trafford Council to ensure the community is kept informed of developments. Through the A&BCS website we will be alerting you to ways you can influence this final iteration once the consultation restarts.