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England round-up: £2bn government cash for housing associations; New Homes Bonus baseline should be scrapped, say councils

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 15 September-21 September, 2018

£2bn government cash for housing associations

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced £2 billion in funding for housing associations in an bid to give them the “long-term certainty” they need to have a central role in helping to address the housing crisis.

The Planner

Industry responds to May’s housing association cash boost

Industry professionals have said the prime minister’s £2 billion for social housing must be just the start in delivering more homes and changing the image of social housing.

The Planner

New Homes Bonus baseline should be scrapped, say councils

The District Councils’ Network says district councils should be rewarded rather than punished for delivering more homes while facing the “biggest cut” in their spending power than any other tier of councils.

The Planner

Statistics show small fall in decisions made to June 2018

District-level planning authorities granted 374,200 decisions in the year ending June 2018 – a 3 per cent decline on the year ending June 2017, according to statistics published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The Planner

Report: Planning approval means a multibillion-pound profit for landowners

Landowners in England profited more than the global profits of Amazon, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola combined – more than £13 billion in 2016/17, according to the Centre for Progressive Policy and the National Housing Federation.

The Planner

Planners call for pan-Northern approach to Powerhouse

The RTPI says a pan-Northern approach, with infrastructure investments that improve quality of life, is required if the Northern Powerhouse is to work better for places and people.

The Planner

London council issues Article 4 direction on permitted development

Brent Council has issued an Article 4 Direction that means developers will need to apply for planning permission to convert office and light industrial space into homes.

The Planner

Khan approves Notting Hill Gate housing plans

The Mayor of London has granted permission for a development in Notting Hill after working with the developer to secure amendments to the scheme, including a large element of affordable housing.

The Planner

Entries open for 2019 RTPI excellence awards

The institute has announced that it is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

RTPI CPD goes mobile

RTPI Learn, the institute’s free online learning environment, is now available on the go following an upgrade that means it can be accessed on a mobile device or tablet.


Fears HS2 will cut Solihull communities in two

Residents living in Solihull’s rural heartlands have claimed that the HS2 rail link will permanently cut their communities in two.

Birmingham Live

Consultation begins on proposed sites for new houses in Alderley Edge

A public consultation has begun on the next phase of Cheshire East Council’s development plan, which once finalised will provide the framework for housing, employment, and other key infrastructure sites up to 2030.

Alderley Edge

Lease granted for offshore wind farm

A lease for the £2 billion Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm, off the Lincolnshire coast, has been awarded.

Insider Media

Watchdog: Devon council failed to properly investigate planning complaints

Torbay Council has paid out £500 and said sorry for failing to properly investigate breaches of planning conditions.

Devon Live

FCO appoints WYG to deliver host of projects

WYG has been selected by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to lead redevelopment projects across a portfolio of British Embassy/High Commission properties.


Perry writes to Cuadrilla about consent 

Energy minister Claire Perry has written to Cuadrilla confirming that she agrees with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority that the firm “has an adequate level of financial resilience to fund the required investment for the hydraulic fracturing” in respect of well 2 and Preston New Road.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Council sets out list of rules governing how sex venues are run

Wirral Council has laid out a list of rules governing how sexual entertainment venues are run, after a controversial strip club won its appeal with the planning inspectorate to stay open.

Wirral Globe

Broseley given the green light to prepare neighbourhood plan

Shropshire Council has given the green light for Broseley Town Council to prepare its own neighbourhood plan.

Shropshire Star

Khan opens new Cycle Superhighway to King’s Cross

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has opened an extension to Cycle Superhighway 6, a 2.5km route between Farringdon and King’s Cross.

Bike Biz

Cabinet approves £120m road and building repair funding proposal

Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet has agreed to borrow up to £120 million to invest in infrastructure improvements, which eases the spending squeeze on road and property repairs.

Oxfordshire County Council

Council supports regeneration of partially derelict Truro site

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet has agreed to further develop plans to regenerate a major site at the end of Pydar Street, a key area in the centre of Truro.

Cornwall Council

Orsted sells half of Hornsea 1 wind farm 

Danish green energy firm Orsted has said it will sell 50 per cent of its Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm to Global Infrastructure Partners for £4.5 billion.

Energy Voice