According to propertywire.com new measures in the UK’s updated Neighbourhood Planning Bill will support more house building and will give local councils more say over housing developments, writes Richard Carr.
Will the new bill speed up the delivery of new housing?
New Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell has promised that the new bill will speed up and strengthen the neighbourhood planning process by making it easier for plans to be revised if local circumstances change.
Barwell told propertywire.com: “We need to build more homes and this Bill is the first of a number of measures to deliver on that. We have already built more than 900,000 homes since 2010 and now this Bill will help speed up delivery of the further new homes our country needs and ensure our foot is still firmly on the pedal.
For regular readers of the Bournemouth Echo you will have seen their recent article reminiscing about Tower Park and its most popular attractions Ice Trax and the Venue; the latter was owned and operated by Allied Leisure PLC.
Richard Carr was the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Allied Brand formally Restaurants and then becoming Allied Leisure PLC. He had built the company from the start in 1981 before floating it on the London Stock Exchange in 1987. In 1990 he sold the Restaurant Division to Grand Metropolitan for in excess of £13 million.
Although Richard wasn’t the land owner of Tower Park, he is widely recognised as being the catalyst that made it happen. Staking his entire reputation on the venture at the time (1989), Allied Leisure took the lease for almost all of the park!
Richard Carr at the Venue – www.bournemouthehco.co.uk
In total, Allied Leisure PLC rented over 1.5 acres of space and helped Tower Park become the ‘out of town’ leisure concept which proved to be a national success and was replicated all over the UK.
Richard Carr operated in the nightlife economy for a number of years, owning and running a variety of nightclubs and bars. He also created the hugely popular ‘Slinky’ brand, which saw huge events hosted across the globe with some of the world’s biggest DJs.
Carr wins Cage and Zoo battle
Richard Carr made the front page headline of the 1992, March 3rd edition of the Evening Echo after the police dropped their objections to his £2million nightspot.
He won his battle to build one of the country’s biggest nightclubs in Bournemouth despite the Police’s fears that it may lead to trouble in the streets.
However, Bournemouth magistrates gave Richard Carr the go-ahead to create the 2,000 capacity club in the town centre. Although the police had dropped their objections they told the court that if trouble ensued, they would object to the club renewing its operating licence.
Entertainment company announces 20% profit increase
Richard Carr in the Archives
Despite announcing 20% profit increases, Richard Carr explained that the rise was below expected at the time and that plans to expend the business into Germany have been shelved for the moment.
Allied Leisure, which ran a ten-pin bowling alley, nightclubs and theme pubs, including the Tower Park complex in Poole, revealed pre-tax profits of £3.1 million compared to £2.6 million the previous year, a 19% rise.