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Planning Permission for All Publically Owned Sites and Buildings

Requested on
Fri 22nd July, 2011
Reference
FOI 1387
Resolution
Information provided

Question

I am writing to make a Freedom of Information request under the freedom of information act. I would like information on the following:

1) I would like to have a list of any publically owned sites or buildings such as schools, prisons, hospitals, council offices, recreational centres etc. that are currently requesting planning permission, or have had planning permission granted in the last 2 years for new buildings or extension work to their current premises.
I. I request the details of the companies or contractors who are involved with each build/extension if known
II. I request the budget for each build/extension if known
III. I request any plans, schematics or design proposals for each build or extension if available

2) I would also like information on any publically held buildings as above who are proposing to refurbish or refit their site. The only refurbishments or refits that I actually request information on are those that involve the refit of washrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, shower rooms or are looking to refurbish the plumbing on site.
I. As above I would like the details of the companies and contractors involved with the refit or refurbishment
II. The proposed budget for each refurbishment or refit
III. Any plans, schematics or design proposals available for the proposed refit

3) The last issue I would like information on is what the council has spent on water rates over the last 12 months and what action they have taken to reduce their water consumption and make savings?

Answer

1)      I would like to have a list of any publically owned sites or buildings such as schools, prisons, hospitals, council offices, recreational centres etc. that are currently requesting planning permission, or have had planning permission granted in the last 2 years for new buildings or extension work to their current premises.

There are 5 approved planning applications from March 2010 for new council houses to be built at various locations throughout the borough, on council owned land.  The total budget for these 5 projects has been set at £1,315,007.  We are unable to provide a full breakdown for each individual build at present as this is an ongoing project.

The contactor for these projects is:
Morgan Sindall                                             
Babington House
4 The Phoenix Place
The Phoenix Centre
Nottingham
NG8 6BA      

All planning applications including the plans can be viewed online using the planning portal.

Click the 'specific application' link on the left of this webpage and enter the application number you want to look at and search.  When the result is shown, click on the application number to look at the detail of the application and scroll to the bottom of the page and click on view related documents to view the plans, application and other details.

The 5 application numbers are:

Application Number
 Site Address
 Development Description
 
P/10/0525/2
 Garage Area adj to 17, Glenfields, Shepshed, Leicestershire,
 Erection of detached dwelling.
 
P/10/0542/2
 Garage Area adj to 14, Newton Close, Barrow Upon Soar, Leicestershire,
 Erection of a dwelling following demolition of garages.
 
P/10/0540/2
 Garages to rear of 39-43, Charnwood Avenue, Thurmaston, Leicestershire,
 Erection of 2 dwellings following demolition of garages.
 
P/10/0538/2
 Garage Area adj to 23-24, St Winefride Road, Shepshed, Leicestershire,
 Erection of 3 dwellings following demolition of garages.
 
P/10/0537/2
 Garage site adj to 2 Red Hill Lane, Thurmaston, Leicester, LE4 8FT
 Erection of two dwellings following demolition of garages.
 
There are no other planning application for a new building or extensions to publicly owned buildings for the last 2 years.

2)      I would also like information on any publically held buildings as above who are proposing to refurbish or refit their site. The only refurbishments or refits that I actually request information on are those that involve the refit of washrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, shower rooms or are looking to refurbish the plumbing on site.

There are currently no Charnwood Borough Council owned / controlled buildings which are proposing to refurbish or refit their washrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, shower rooms or plumbing.

3)      The last issue I would like information on is what the council has spent on water rates over the last 12 months and what action they have taken to reduce their water consumption and make savings?

In the financial year 2010/11 we spent £25,868.87 on Unmetered Water Charges. These are listed on Severn Trent invoices as Measured Drainage and the charge is in bands which are based on the surface area of the site invoiced.

In 2007 Charnwood Borough Council undertook water audits on several of the public buildings using a Utility Auditing Company which conducted surveys on various large consumption sites.  Recommendations were made to achieve water consumption savings and these included automatic sensors in public conveniences, installation of taps that turned off automatically and a challenge to Severn Trent to reduce the banding for metered drainage for one of the larger sites which were implemented.

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