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ProPerty Peel submits latest MediaCityUK proposals A new museum and three hotels are among plans

Local authorities back Silverstone masterplan

Aylesbury Vale District Council and South Northamptonshire Council have approved plans put forward for a comprehensive development of Silverstone. A 20-year vision for the British Racing

Drivers’ Club-owned venue has been drawn up to safeguard its long-term future as an international motorsport facility. Te decision to approve the outline plans

– subject to section 106 agreements – con- forms with the February 2009 Silverstone Development Brief. A kart track; an out- door stage; a Museum of Motor Sport and three hotels are among the proposals.

Green light for Turnstone’s St Neots leisure scheme

Huntingdonshire District Council has approved plans put forward by property group Turnstone Estates for a new 32,000sq ſt (2,973sq m) leisure scheme in St Neots. Te development is designed to revitalise

the town centre and will boast a six-screen cinema; four restaurant buildings; and a public plaza, as well as residential units. Turnstone managing director Chris

Goldsmith said: “We are very much looking forward to delivering these long-awaited leisure facilities to St Neots and the sur- rounding area.”

Royal Albert Docks shortlist announced

Newham Council has said that eight devel- opers have been shortlisted to come up with proposals for the redevelopment of the Royal Albert Docks site in east London. Dauphin Holdings Group; Muse

Developments; Salmon Harvester Properties; Wrenbridge Land; and St Modwen Properties are in the running to develop the 35-acre (14-hectare) site. Micro World Developments; Canary

Wharf; and Sinowest Construction Group also feature on the shortlist, with a devel- oper to be appointed by September.


Manchester-based real estate investment company, The Peel Group, has submitted plans for the latest phases of mixed-use development at MediaCityUK in Salford. It is expected the new addi-

tions will create 459,000sq m (4.9 million sq ſt) of space to the east of the existing facili- ties, which opened at Salford Quays last year. Among the outline plans

submitted to Salford City Counci l is 26,000sq m (280,000sq ſt) of hotel space and 2,500sq m (269,000sq ſt) of leisure facilities. Office space, residential units and retail

Te latest phases are to the east of the existing MediaCityUK complex Environmental considerations have also

outlets are also proposed as part of the plans, along with public spaces. Te development site spans more than 10 hectares (24.9 acres).

been taken into account, with water features and green roofs, the retention of trees and enhanced pedestrian/cycle access included.

Operators chosen for 2012 facilities

The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) has said that it has appointed opera- tors to manage the Aquatics Centre, Multi-Use Arena and ArcelorMittal Orbit following the 2012 Games. It means that the futures

of six of the eight permanent Olympic venues are now secured, with leisure trust Greenwich Leisure (GLL) to operate the Aquatics Centre and Multi-Use Arena. Meanwhile, Balfour Beatty

WorkPlace is to operate the ArcelorMittal Orbit attraction and has also been chosen to co-ordinate the maintenance of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park once reopen from 2013. Te contracts will provide 86 apprenticeship

places per year, while combining two venues into one deal will ensure the Aquatics Centre will require no additional public subsidy.

GLL will operate the Aquatics Centre (above) and the Multi-Use Arena Baroness Margaret Ford, chair of the OPLC,

said: “GLL and Balfour Beatty WorkPlace will play a key part in the creating a Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park that is a thriving vis- itor destination with world-class sporting venues both affordable and accessible to the public.” Details:

National Trust welcomes planning framework report

A new report from the Communities and Local Government select committee urging “signif- icant changes” to planning reforms has been welcomed by the National Trust (NT). Te committee of MPs has called for the removal of a default ‘yes’ to development from

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the new National Planning Policy Framework, following a review of the document. Earlier this year, the NT had raised concerns

the planning strategy had placed short-term economic gain ahead of other considerations, including the protection of the countryside.

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