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Double Planning Success in Maidstone, Kent

Our Oxford team has worked closely with our client Maidstone Borough Council on the proposed development of two town centre sites in Maidstone for residential use. It was good to see that both proposals have received planning consent earlier this week.   The two sites involved the partial reuse of public car parks to provide much needed residential capacity in the town centre.

The first scheme on Union Street comprised the redevelopment of a former NHS site and adjacent car park to provide a mixed 47 unit residential scheme together with a relocated 48 space public car park.  The second scheme on Brunswick Street sought the redevelopment of an area of former car parking, a public long stay car park and a number of existing industrial units as a 47 unit mixed residential with a new 33 space pay and display car park.

If you have any questionsn about either scheme please contact Damian Ford.

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    Draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – a Transport Planner’s perspective

Draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) – a Transport Planner’s perspective

The Government has published its draft revision of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The revision consolidates a series of proposals, which have been included in previous consultation documents, including the Housing White Paper and the Planning for the right homes in the right places consultation.

On the consultation page, which also includes links to the consultation on Supporting housing delivery through developer contributions and a research report on Section 106 planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy in England, 2016 to 2017: report of study, the government says:
“This planning reform package is fundamental to delivering the homes we need and ensuring that we get the right homes, of the right quality, built in the right places.”
The consultation on the NPPF is set to close on 10 May 2018 and everyone is invited to respond. The easiest way to do this is via the online form and a copy of the draft revision of the NPPF can be downloaded here.

Most of the changes proposed in the draft NPPF were expected and as such this post merely provides a summary of the points relating to transport.

The revised NPPF is approximately equal in volume to the previous document but most helpful is the new structure, which has been divided up into 17 topic sections. Chapter 9 is a direct replacement of the previous Chapter 4 under the same heading “Promoting sustainable transport”.

Within chapter 9 the following text reflects the previous announcements or consultation proposals:
“Paragraph 103b reflects the housing White Paper proposal that authorities should be expected to identify additional development opportunities arising from strategic infrastructure investment. “

“Paragraph 107 incorporates the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2015 on parking standards.”
Paragraph 107 introduces the notion that maximum parking […]

TPA enters into Term Agreement with Fairview New Homes

Transport Planning Associates is delighted to announce that it has entered into a term agreement with Fairview New Homes to provide transport planning and highway design consultancy services to the privately owned residential developer and home builder operating in London and the southeast of England.

Rupert Lyons, Director, said:
“I am looking forward to working with former colleagues and everyone at Fairview New Homes, and to TPA working as part of their team to bring forward some challenging sites in the months ahead.”
 

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