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England round-up: 72% of councillors think planning system is undemocratic; Canterbury Cathedral welcome centre approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 7 January-13 January, 2017

72% of councillors think planning system is undemocratic

Councillors in England think that the planning system works in the interests of developers over councils and local communities, according to new survey.

The Planner

Canterbury Cathedral welcome centre approved

Canterbury City Council has granted planning approval and listed building consent for the design of a new welcome centre for Canterbury Cathedral.

The Planner

North-West planning permissions outside built-up areas

Half of planning permissions granted between 2012 and 2015 in Warrington and Blackburn were located outside the existing built-up area, according to a study.

The Planner 

Manchester launches plan to deliver affordable housing

Manchester City Council has approved a housing affordability framework that aims to accelerate the delivery of affordable homes in the city.

The Planner

Khan takes over two planning applications

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has stepped in to take responsibility for two planning applications in the capital in a bid to secure more affordable housing.

The Planner

Annual air pollution limit for 2017 already breached in London 

Brixton Road has become the first place in London to breach the objectives for nitrogen dioxide for 2017, something that has been described as ‘scandalous’ by green campaigners.

The Planner

Chelsea given planning permission for new 60,000-seater stadium

Chelsea Football Club has been given the green light to build a new 60,000-seater stadium at Stamford Bridge.

ITV News

Further council has no Section 106 monitoring

A London council has admitted it has no process in place for ensuring developers provide the social housing that they promise to build.

Inside Housing

Kempton Park set to be bulldozed for housing under Jockey Club plans

Jockey Club Racecourse has announced its plans to close Kempton Park in south-west London, which has been submitted as a site for housing development.

The Guardian

Winners named for £500m London housing framework

London housing association Network Homes has selected its contractor partners to deliver a new-build programme worth £500 million.

Construction Enquirer

Hinckley town centre starter homes plan

Work on building new starter homes just outside Hinckley town centre has been scheduled to start by the end of March next year.

Hinckley Times

Increase in student housing prompts rise in planning complaints

The growth in student housing in Brighton has led to a big rise in complaints to Brighton & Hove City Council’s planning department.

Brighton & Hove News

North Lincolnshire council refuses planning consent for Wressle oil field

North Lincolnshire County Council has refused planning consent for the development of the Wressle oil field in North Lincolnshire but approved the installation of groundwater monitoring.

Digital Look

Derelict buildings to become starter homes

A Government initiative to convert derelict buildings, abandoned shops and industrial premises in Chesterfield into much needed starter homes will benefit local people looking to take a first step on the property ladder, town planner Paul Barton has said.

Sheffield Telegraph