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England round-up: £650m Nottingham regeneration approved; Jobs boost at world's largest wind farm; Indoor arena for Manchester

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A round-up of planning news in England: 19 September-25 September, 2020

Nottingham approves first phase of £650 million regeneration scheme

Planning permission has been granted to the first phase of Nottingham’s £650 million Island Quarter, the city’s biggest regeneration scheme in decades.

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World’s largest wind farm at Dogger Bank spurs North East jobs boost

Building the world’s largest offshore wind farm will create 320 jobs in the North East. Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which was announced earlier this year, will create 120 skilled jobs at Able Seaton Port in Hartlepool during its construction phase.

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Manchester approves UK’s largest indoor arena next to Etihad Stadium

A proposal for the UK’s biggest indoor arena next to Manchester City FC’s home has been granted planning permission.

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South Ribble rejects masterplan for 2,000-home development

A masterplan by Taylor Wimpey and Homes England for a major development in South Ribble has been refused amid significant concerns from statutory consultees about the site’s deliverability.

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RTPI pledges net zero world first by 2025

The RTPI is aiming to be the world’s first 'net zero' membership body by 2025. The move, announced by immediate past president and board of trustees climate action champion Ian Tant (pictured) at the Wales Planner Live online conference, follows the RTPI’s Plan The World We Need report and campaign launched in July.

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Housing leaders press for fund to buy private homes for social rent

A £1.3 billion fund to buy up private properties and convert them to social housing would massively increase the supply of homes and boost the economy, according to housing leaders.

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Top academic lambasts government proposals for zonal planning

Government plans to introduce zones will lead to a huge amount of work for planners, frustrate communities, damage neighbourhood planning and will not tackle complexities in the modern world, according to a leading academic.

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TCPA warns of tens of thousands of homes “bypassing” planning

Tens of thousands of new homes have legally bypassed England’s planning system since 2013 through permitted development rights (PDRs), according to the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA).

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Jenrick admits council planning departments will need more money for reforms

The government’s planning reforms will lead to more investment in local authority departments, the housing secretary has acknowledged calling the proposals a "huge change" requiring "further resources and support from my department.”

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