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Southall regeneration a step closer

A mixed-use scheme designed

to help regenerate Southall town centre in west London has been given the green light by London mayor Boris Johnson. Plans, which were approved at a public hearing at City Hall, will see the Southall Gas Works site revamped and will include new recreational facilities, a hotel and a cinema. A town square, improved access to the Grand Union Canal, retail units and up to 3,750 homes also form part of the scheme.

North Kensington set for new leisure centre

The Royal Borough of

Kensington and Chelsea has started a search to find a location for the development of a leisure centre in North Kensington, London. Cabinet members met to discuss the proposals on 25 March, which aims to progress plans for a secondary school and a leisure facility, which would replace an existing complex. One of the proposals being considered is delivering the Kensington Academy on sports pitches and a car park at the council-owned existing leisure centre.

New PPS5 for the historic environment

English Heritage (EH) has

welcomed the new Planning Policy Statement for the historic environment (PPS5) launched by the government. The Statement on the Historic Environment was launched at the same time and provides the context for PPS5 and sets out how heritage contributes to a wide range of government objectives. EH believes that PPS5 brings a new, integrated approach to the historic environment.

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By Pete Hayman

Plans for the development of a new £80m entertainment venue in Leeds, South York- shire, have been conditionally approved by the local authority. Leeds City Council's (LCC)

plans panel has approved the proposed 13,500-capacity Leeds Arena, which will be sited on Claypit Lane and operated by SMG Europe. 'Super theatre' plans for the

new venue will ensure that the furthest seat will be no more than 68m (223ft) from the centre of the stage - compared with 90-95m (295-312ft) at most conventional arenas. LCC leader Andrew Carter

said: "Being granted outline planning permission provides the council with a strong platform to finalise the design.

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Green light for Leeds Arena proposals

Construction work on new £18m development set to start by the end of the year

The furthest seat will be no more than 68m away from the stage

"We will soon be in a position

to announce the preferred contractor to build the arena and are now well on target for construction to start by the end of the year." Regional development

agency Yorkshire Forward has agreed to commit £10m towards the scheme, which has

£10.3m funding for Aberystwyth

By Pete Hayman

Efforts to regenerate Aberystw- yth over the next three years have been handed a £10.3m funding boost from the Welsh Assembly Government. The town will receive £1.5m

for the first year of a scheme to transform the town, which has been designated as a Strategic Regeneration Area. Five main issues will be

targeted as part of a fully- integrated plan led by the Welsh Assembly Government and Ceredigion County Council, including the seafront. Welsh deputy minister for housing and regeneration

The town will be transformed

Jocelyn Davies said: "The programme will work to complement and add value to existing and planned activities which already contribute towards the regeneration of Aberystwyth and make the town a better place."

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encountered opposition from neighbouring city Sheffield. Sheffield International

Venues, which is responsible for operating the Sheffield Arena, has expressed concerns that the new Leeds development could threaten the long-term viability of its neighbouring counterpart.

RGU set for campus revamp

Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen has been given the green light to move forward with the redevelopment of its Garthdee campus. Planners at Aberdeen

City Council approved a masterplan for the work, which aims to provide the university with a new central point of arrival. New buildings, which

will offer 34,000sq m (365,973sq ft) of floor space, will be linked to the existing Faculty of Health and Social Care next to RGU: SPORT.

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