rural housing planning

Two rural housing approvals for PWA Planning

North West planning consultancy PWA Planning has won approval for two new housing schemes in rural locations near Preston, Lancashire.

PWA has gained planning permission for a development of five detached bungalows to replace existing agricultural buildings at Lyndhurst Farm, Longridge. The scheme, in an open countryside location, will see part of an adjacent fishing pond filled in to allow for construction of the bungalows.

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Plans approved for new homes in Levenshulme

PWA Planning has secured planning consent on behalf of developer Mulbury for a housing development that will transfrom a derelict site in Levenshulme, Greater Manchester.

The site of the former Atlas Engineering Works in Chapel Street will be transformed into a development of 64 new homes after plans were approved by Manchester City Council on January 12.

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Is it time to rename the bungalow?

The word ‘bungalow’ evokes images of elderly communities, far removed from lively homes on modern developments. But single storey homes are vital to the housing mix and perhaps we should look at more up-to-date ways of describing them. Daniel Hughes, senior planner at PWA Planning examines the issues.

England needs more bungalows – that’s official. According to housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis more single storey homes are urgently required. The logic is that by enabling late middle-aged and elderly ‘empty nesters’ to downsize to bungalows, greater numbers of larger houses will be freed up for families.

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Do I need to include starter homes in my development?

The Starter Homes initiative has again been defeated in the House of Lords, but the government is unlikely to concede defeat. Paul Walton explains the implications for developers.

The government’s flagship Starter Homes scheme faces an uphill struggle after being voted down yet again in the House of Lords.

Labour, Liberal Democrat and crossbench peers want to water-down the controversial scheme that would see 20 per cent of homes in new developments being made available at a 20 per cent discount to first-time buyers aged under 40.

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Can I build housing on a flood plain?

A number of high profile flooding incidents have put housing development under the microscope. Daniel Hughes explains why building on a flood plain is still a viable option for developers, providing suitable flood prevention measures can be demonstrated.

One of the enduring images of the floods in December 2015 was of a sign in Lancashire announcing that the completely submerged field in the background had planning permission for 39 dwellings.

It was an image that was shared by thousands of social media users – including Environment Agency chiefs. However, it was later revealed that the Environment Agency (EA) had raised no objections when consulted by council planning officers on proposals to build homes on the site near Whalley.

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