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Chichester plan set to be put on hold Plans for the future

development of Chichester, West Sussex, could be put on hold after the local authority called for two elements to be clarified. Members of Chichester District Council's (CDC) executive board have been recommended to delay the Core Strategy until issues regarding local infrastructure provision and future government planning proposals are resolved. CDC leader Myles Cullen said: "The government will also want councils to demonstrate that they have sufficient land available for housing – so the requirement for a five year housing land supply may well continue. We are seeking further clarification on this issue, which is also a concern for many of our neighbouring councils."

CYC names preferred York stadium site City of York Council (CYC) has

selected the Monks Cross site as its preferred location for the development of a new multi- million pound community stadium. Initial plans for the 6,000-seat venue, which will provide a home for York City Football Club (YCFC) and York City Knights rugby league team, include 3G pitches and health and fitness facilities. CYC's executive chose Monks Cross ahead of three other locations, which include YCFC's Bootham Crescent ground, Mille Crux/ North of Nestle and Hull Road/ Heslington East University campus. Amateur organisations and members of the community will be able to use the proposed stadium when complete.


By Pete Hayman Bath and North East Somerset Council (BANES) has revealed that it made a return of less than £7m from the Bath Spa scheme, following the settle- ment of a legal dispute. In November 2009, the local

authority said that it had settled its long-running legal battle with contractor Carillion and architect Nicholas Grim- shaw and Partners over the rising cost of the project. In BANES' statement of

accounts, figures showed that the council received nearly £2.8m for the financial year ending 31 March 2010, which adds to a £4.177m payout made in 2008-09. Carillion launched legal

proceedings against the council in August 2008 in a bid to

Deal secures Sands project

Scarborough Borough Council has welcomed a deal that has seen property developer Roland Duce take over Benchmark Leisure – the company behind the Sands development. The council said that

Roland Duce is set to move forward with the development of a new waterpark as part of the scheme, and had worked in a "supportive role" for the last two years. The Sands scheme was

approved by the council in April 2006.

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Council reveals £7m Bath Spa payout BANES' recouped cash over two-year period following settlement of a legal dispute

The Bath Spa development came in nearly three times over budget

claim £2.4m, before BANES issued a counter claim for £21m over the development, which eventually cost a total of £45m to complete. Thermae Bath Spa was first

mooted in 2000 but ran into delays due to faulty paintwork and waterproof floors. The spa finally opened in August 2006

more than four years late and nearly three-times over budget. The statement of accounts,

said: "The settlement reflects a legal agreement that takes into account the claims made by the council against the architects and contractors, as well as claims that were previously being made against the council."

Trust launches heritage resource By Martin Nash

The Prince's Regeneration Trust, concerned about the increasing number of important historic buildings 'at risk' across the UK, has launched an online resource called Sustainable Heritage: An online toolkit for asset management. Research by the trust showed

more than eight per cent of such buildings are owned by local authorities and the new resource is designed to help these and other public bodies make informed decisions about the future of heritage assets. Once a historic building falls out of use it becomes at risk

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The new toolkit aims to help protect historic UK buildings

from dereliction and decay, unless a new use can be found for it. It is at this stage that Sustainable Heritage aims to provides information about how to ensure historic buildings remain viable and contribute positively to the community.

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