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England round-up: Body required to align local plans with economic and environmental strategies; Neighbourhood plans improve local engagement but work is needed to expand activity

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 24 October-30 October, 2020

Body required to align local plans with economic and environmental strategies

The RTPI has called for the establishment of Green Growth Boards in England that would provide a strategic context for local plans and align them to economic, infrastructure and environment strategies that span multiple local authorities.  

The Planner

Public trust is ‘vital’ to reforming planning

Building up public trust is 'vital’ if reforming the planning system is going to be a success, according to the Town and Country Planning Association’s alternative reforms.

The Planner

Neighbourhood plans improve local engagement but work needed to expand activity

Local engagement with planning authorities has been improved through neighbourhood planning and plans have become “important vehicles” for placemaking beyond land use planning, according to an independent report.  

The Planner

Spatial framework published in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester has published the final draft of its spatial framework, which sets out where homes and jobs will be located across the region, as well as how people would get from one to the other.

The Planner

Practice facilities approved for Garsington Opera

Buckinghamshire Council has granted planning approval for a practice facility for Garsington Opera, which is based on The Wormsley Estate.

The Planner

Jenrick announces seven deals for English towns

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has allocated a share of up to £178.7 million in funding as part of Town Deals for each.

The Planner

Consultation launched over housing plan on sports pitch

Leeds City Council has launched a consultation over plans to build new council housing on the site of a Wortley sports pitch.

West Leeds Dispatch

Call for council to take action

Issues over the development of a wildlife area in Hellifield are not yet resolved, say members of a campaign group.

Craven Herald & Pioneer

Environment bill amendment would give gov ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ card

A proposed amendment to the environment bill would give the government a “get-out-of-jail-free card”, according to a Greener UK campaigner.

Circular Online

Concerns expressed over delays to environment bill

Environmental lawyers and House of Commons Select Committee chairs have voiced concerns that delays to the environment bill mean that the UK will have no supreme environmental protection organisation operational after Brexit.

Lets Recycle

Developer turns to the Planning Inspectorate for decision on housing plans

Barratt Homes has proposed to build 195 homes on Hayling Island near the seafront, but has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate to make a decision after council meetings were delayed owing to Covid-19. Residents oppose the plans.

The News

Date set for hearings to examine local plan

Public hearings to examine Wyre Forest District Council’s planning blueprint of future development sites will be held in the new year.

The Shuttle

11 new homes set to be built in village

Earlswood Homes has submitted plans for eight houses and three bungalows in Wetheringsett to Mid Suffolk District Council.

East Anglian Daily Times

Water park resort firm lodges appeal against council’s refusal

A resorts company that had plans to build a multimillion-pound water park and hotel near Bicester is going to appeal months after councillors at Cherwell District Council unanimously rejected the project.

Bicester Advertiser

‘Good progress’ at Bond Street gives hope that station will be ready for Crossrail opening

Crossrail Ltd chief executive Mark Wild has revealed that “good progress” is being made at Bond Street Station in a bid to get the station opened with the rest of the central London stations along the planned Elizabeth Line.

New Civil Engineer

Views sought on site removal from local plan

Cheshire East residents have been invited to comment again on the second part of the borough's local plan, ahead of its submission for examination by an independent planning inspector.

Alderley Edge

HS2 ‘will devastate environment’, says High Legh councillor

High Legh councillor Kate Parkinson says she remains “gravely concerned” about the impact phase 2a of HS2 would have on her ward.

Knutsford Guardian