Housebuilder Telford Homes has completed a deal with US build to rent developer Greystar to acquire part of its major development site in Greenford, west London. Greystar is delivering around 70 per cent of the 1,965 homes planned for the Oldfield Lane North site, beside the Grand Union Canal. Telford Homes has acquired part of the site under the £28.4 million deal, where it will deliver 278 homes. Its element of the scheme will include 194 homes for market sale and 84 for shared ownership. The site will also include retail space, restaurants and cafes, leisure facilities, flexible workspace and a primary school.
Kent and Sussex affordable homes provider Town and Country Housing Group has announced plans to become part of major player Peabody Group. Under the proposal, Town and Country Housing Group would become a subsidiary of Peabody. The move will see the combined organisations building 800 new homes across the south east annually, increasing Peabody’s overall housebuilding target to 3,300 homes a year from 2021.
Liverpool City Council has appointed consultant Arup to lead a team to produce a future framework for the commercial district on the northern fringe of the city centre. The spatial regeneration framework will look at potential to develop the district further, identify opportunities to attract new commercial investment, including the Pall Mall development site, and enhance the connection to wider development opportunities, including developer Peel Land and Property’s Liverpool Waters scheme. Arup will lead the project providing strategic planning advice, working with architect shedkm, heritage consultant Rob Burns and property consultant Worthington Owen.
Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced a commission aimed at promoting good design in the built environment. The building better, building beautiful commission will be chaired by philosopher Roger Scruton, but other commissioners have yet to be named. The commission will look at how the planning system can encourage and incentivise greater emphasis on design, style and community consent.
Provision of better and healthier streets and high quality transport infrastructure can help post-industrial towns to thrive, says a new report from the Urban Transport Group. The report, About towns: How transport can help towns thrive, highlights examples where transport is helping towns to succeed, such as Kilmarnock, in Scotland, where the station has been transformed into a community hub, with meeting rooms, shops and a café.
Investment in smart bus infrastructure, like virtual bus lanes and dedicated busways, is boosting services in the UK, a report by consultant Arup has found. The report, Bus infrastructure investment, was produced for the Greener Journeys campaign, which is dedicated to promoting sustainable travel choices. In September the government shortlisted 10 cities bidding for support from its transforming cities fund. This funding goes to upgrades such as smart technology, new bus routes and docking stations for e-bicycles.