Advance Construction Scotland worked with architect EMA on plans for the 32-hectare site at Springhill Farm. A planning obligation was agreed which will see the developer make a financial contribution to support primary school capacity in the area. Shotts councillor Tommy Cochrane said the development would provide "a catalyst for the town to attract more retailers, which will create jobs and training for local people".
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has granted itself permission for the partial demolition and redevelopment of a housing estate to provide 850 new homes. Councillors gave the go-ahead to an outline application for the regeneration of the western part of the Gascoigne Estate in Barking, submitted by its regeneration department. The proposals involve the demolition of 179 homes built during the 1960s and 1970s and their replacement with 850 flats, shops, offices and community space. Officers advised: "The proposed development would improve urban design; provide better quality housing; and a more diverse mix of housing types and tenures to address current demand.
A further 172 homes have been approved at the Ebbsfleet Garden City. Developer Countryside was given approval for the homes in the final phase of its scheme at Springhead Park, bringing the total it plans to build there to 799. As well as a new park there would be an outdoor gym and allotments.