Durham County Council has given the go ahead for a 1,500 home garden village in County Durham, which could have health innovations incorporated into its design and facilities. The plans for South Seaham were brought forward by landowner, developer and contractor Tolent, working with architect IDP Architects, and planning consultant Peacock & Smith, as well as Newcastle University and Northumbria University. The scheme is intended to be an inclusive community, with affordable housing provider Home Group developing 750 affordable homes, and 300 homes earmarked for the over 55s. The development team is working with the National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University and Northumbria University’s school of nursing on housing design and potential health innovations that could be incorporated into the garden village. The village will also have a school, community facilities, significant managed green space and 4.75 km of paths and cycleways.
Cardiff Council has approved plans for a mixed use scheme in the city centre that will include a bus station and 22 storey tower. The proposal will provide 305 homes, as well as office and retail space and has been brought forward by the developer Rightacres, the council, the Welsh government and Network Rail.