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29/03/2019

England round-up: ‘We need a national plan’, says shadow planning minister; Slough landlord receives suspended jail sentence for illegal flats

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 23 March-29 March, 2019

‘We need a national plan’, says shadow planning minister

Roberta Blackman-Woods, planning minister for Labour, has called for a national plan to set out the big priorities for the delivery of housing and infrastructure.

The Planner

Slough landlord receives suspended jail sentence for illegal flats

A landlord has been handed a suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of hiding families in windowless flats that didn’t have planning permission.

The Planner

RTPI launches annual research awards

The RTPI Awards for Research Excellence 2019 is open for entries. The awards recognise research from RTPI-accredited planning schools, members and planning consultancies from around the world.

The Planner

Application submitted for new community in Kent

An outline planning application for a garden town comprising more than 8,000 homes has been submitted to Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

The Planner

Central Bedfordshire Council lodges link road plans

Central Bedfordshire Council has submitted a planning application to create a new link road between the M1 and A6.

The Planner

Government puts up £3.75m to transform parks 

The minister for parks and green spaces, Rishi Sunak, has announced a £3.75 million Pocket Parks Plus funding programme to create new pocket parks and refurbish existing ones.

The Planner

Holding direction on Stevenage plan lifted

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has removed the holding direction on the Stevenage Borough Council Local Plan.

The Planner

Homeowner appeals extension refusal

A homeowner has appealed against Oxford City Council’s decision not to allow him to build an extension at his home.

Oxford Mail

London councils pay landlords £14m in ‘incentives’ to house homeless people

Cash-strapped London councils are paying private landlords more than £14 million a year in “incentives” simply to persuade them to house homeless people, the Guardian reveals.

The Guardian

New HS2 railway bridges will look like ‘giant Lego bricks’

Major changes to Solihull's road network – required as part of the HS2 rail development – continue to cause uncertainty among borough residents. The installation of new bridges, likened to ‘giant Lego bricks’, and the realignment of sections of road are among the projects set to get under way in the coming months.

Birmingham Live

‘Rogue’ private landlords must stop exploiting students

Universities minister Chris Skidmore has warned that landlords who fail to meet standards for student accommodation must face justice under new regulations.

UK Government

Rogue landlords and letting agents to be targeted

Tenants will be better protected from poor-quality housing and financial loss when renting a residential property under a new initiative planned by Oxfordshire County Council.

Oxfordshire County Council

Reporting of planning breaches made easier

A new online system has been launched by Bradford Council to report planning breaches. The council says the system will make it easier for the public to report problems by offering a simpler and clearer layout.

Keighley News

Proposed designs revealed for MSG Sphere

Details and designs have been revealed for the MSG Sphere London, a planned venue that would hold up to 21,500 people.

The Guardian

Industry pledges to crack down on toxic leasehold deals

A new industry pledge to stop leaseholders being trapped in unfair and costly deals has been unveiled by communities secretary James Brokenshire.

UK Government

Job-creating care home plans approved

A total of 45 jobs are set to be created after plans for a new care home in Rutland in the East Midlands were approved.

Insider Media

WMCA to introduce framework to accelerate delivery of land for housing

Over half a billion pounds of funding to help unlock land and accelerate the creation of new homes and jobs will be delivered through a single framework, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has said.

West Midlands Combined Authority

Humber has opportunity to become a green energy leader, says Armitt

The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission has called on local businesses and council leaders in Humber to seize the opportunity to ensure the region leads the way on green energy.

Infrastructure Intelligence

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