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England round-up: Article 4 Direction proposed to manage HMO conversion in South London; Housing complaints system to be overhauled

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 19 January-25 January, 2019

Article 4 Direction proposed to manage HMO conversion in South London

Croydon Council plans to issue an Article 4 Direction to protect family homes from conversion into houses of multiple occupation (HMO).

The Planner

Housing complaints system to be overhauled

The housing secretary has announced plans for a new complaints service for the housing market. The service will be for the whole housing market.

The Planner

Ian Tant inaugurated as the 2019 RTPI president

A ceremony has been held in London to inaugurate Ian Tant MRTPI as the president of the RTPI for 2019.

The Planner

Brexit poses opportunity to give planners more flexibility

While ‘substantive gains’ have been made in the UK from EU environmental directives, concerns are growing about the implementation of them owing to resource shortages.

The Planner

Berry announces cash for town centres

Communities across England have been invited to bid for up to £50,000 to help business into local areas.

The Planner

Khan to lobby for controlled rents

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will develop a blueprint that aims to stabilise or control private rents in the capital.

The Planner

Cash to revive England’s coastal heritage

Projects from the Isle of Wight to Blackpool will received a share of £1 million from the government’s Coastal Revival Fund.

The Planner

Alternatives proposed to garden communities in Essex

Two alternatives have been proposed to building three garden communities in North Essex.

The Planner

Awards made at first General Assembly of the year

Natalya Palit MRTPI, senior planner at HTA Design LLP, has been announced as the recipient of the RTPI George Pepler International Award for 2018.


‘Brexit effect’ likely to see a rise in assets lying empty for longer

Asset protection specialist VPS Security Services has warned that the continuing Brexit saga is likely to lead to a rise in vacant properties, both commercial and residential, as property developers and investors are even more reluctant to move forward with their UK real estate strategies.


Positive reaction from some to Chase Hotel development plan

Development plans put forward by the owners of The Chase Hotel in Ross-on-Wye have been welcomed by members of the public.

Hereford Times

Broughton declares ‘no confidence’ in council planners

A village council in Preston has declared that it has ‘no confidence’ in Preston City Council’s planning department.

Blog Preston

Plans to sell football pitches in Tunbridge Wells for housing revealed

There are plans to sell off football pitches across Tunbridge Wells for housing. The council vowed that the grounds would be 'protected' until replacement pitches were provided.

Kent Live

Strengthened protection for Poole Harbour’s wildlife

Natural England has confirmed the extension of the Poole Harbour Site of Special Scientific Interest. The move would see a further 1,800 hectares of land and sea brought within the site to help protect the entire harbour – an increase of 40 per cent.

UK Government

Tata Steel announces vision to combat growing housing crisis 

A white paper produced by Tata Steel has announced its vision of the UK housing market, which paves the way for a new breed of homes to populate our ‘neighbourhoods of the future’.

Building Products

Crossrail construction slows as testing prioritised (subscription)

Completion of work in Crossrail’s tunnels has slowed as testing of trains is given priority, Transport for London board papers have revealed.

Construction News

Community leaders in East Suffolk gather to discuss latest Sizewell C proposals

Parish and town councils are set to get free independent help to formulate their responses to plans for a new twin reactor nuclear power station on Suffolk’s coast.

East Anglian Daily Times

Mayor opens new £10m manufacturing base

An expanding Coventry manufacturing business has unveiled its new £10 million headquarters, which has helped to complete the rebirth of one of the region’s most famous industrial sites.

West Midlands Combined Authority