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England round-up: £144k penalty for homes let without planning permission; Study suggests housebuilders are not land banking

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 18 September-24 September, 2021

More action needed to reverse decline in biodiversity – but it can be done, say UK bodies

Outcomes for nature need to be integrated in development plans on land and at sea, according to a report published by the UK’s five statutory nature organisations.

The Planner

£144k penalty for homes let without planning permission

Landlord Orofena St John has been issued with a penalty for building a number of extensions and converting them into seven flats and two bedsits without planning permission.

The Planner

Study suggests housebuilders are not land banking

Of the units granted planning permission, either full or outline, between 3 per cent and 5 per cent might be expected to stall or lapse after five years, according to research.

The Planner

RTPI announces shortlist for its London Planning Awards

The RTPI has announced that three young planners and six planning teams have been nominated for its first RTPI London Planning Awards for Planning Excellence. 

The Planner

Council consults on Crosby regeneration

Sefton Council has launched a consultation on plans to regenerate Crosby town centre.

The Planner

Multistorey student accommodation scheme approved in Nottingham

Nottingham City Council has granted planning permission for the latest phase of The Island Quarter, which will see a 12-storey purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) building delivered.

The Planner

Partnership seeks to help small builders

Lloyds Banking Group and Homes England have announced that they will invest an additional £300 million commitment to SME and regional housebuilders in the UK.

The Planner

Ealing Council publishes LTN consultation findings 

Ealing Council has published results of its low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) consultation in which it received 22,000 responses.

The Planner

Planning students in London invited to apply for RTPI scholarship

Undergraduate planning students on accredited courses at London South Bank University, University College London and Westminster University have been invited to apply for the RTPI's new Michael Welbank Scholarship.

The Planner

Stretch of English coastal path launched

A trail that takes in the coast of the Lake District National Park and connects the shoreline with some of the UK’s most famous mountains and lakes has officially opened.

UK Government

Campaigners say report shows HS2 is a ‘disaster’

Campaigners have said a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report demonstrates that the HS2 project is a “complete and unmitigated disaster”.

Lichfield Live

Kier to deliver £66m London sewage treatment project

Kier has been appointed by Thames Water to deliver a £66 million design and construction project at Mogden Sewage Treatment Works (STW) in Isleworth, just outside of Twickenham Stadium.

Infrastructure Intelligence

Plans approved for homes at college site

A disused college campus in Havering is a step closer to becoming a new residential community after plans for a housing scheme were recently approved by councillors. 

Havering Council

UK’s first Green Gilt raises £10 billion for green projects

Green projects across the country are set to benefit from funding from the UK’s first Green Gilt, which seeks to help drive progress to net-zero and create jobs across the UK.

UK Government

New code to restore confidence in building materials post-Grenfell

A code to ensure transparency in building products has been launched aimed at preventing another Grenfell Tower disaster.


Built environment bodies join forces to improve air quality

More than 20 groups in the built environment sector have signed a charter to improve air quality and cut greenhouse gas emissions across the UK.


Appeal against enforcement notice over use of Calderdale waste site

An appeal has been lodged against Calderdale Council’s decision to issue an enforcement notice over use of a waste site.

Halifax Courier

London resort planning application inquiry start delayed

The start date of the formal planning examination to decide whether a £2.5 billion theme park in Kent should go ahead has been delayed again by the Planning Inspectorate.

Kent Online

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