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England round-up: Boris Johnson appoints new housing secretary; RTPI urges Jenrick to resource planning

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 20 July-26 July, 2019

Boris Johnson appoints new housing secretary

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed a new cabinet after taking over from Theresa May. It includes Robert Jenrick as the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The Planner

RTPI urges Jenrick to resource planning

The RTPI has told the new housing and communities secretary that his ‘top priority’ should be to give back proper resources and status to the planning function.

The Planner

MHCLG publishes series of updates to PPG

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has published changes to various parts of Planning Practice Guidance (PPG).

The Planner

Standard method not helping to deliver government’s housing ambitions

The method for calculating housing need does not provide enough homes for the government to meet its target of delivering 300,000 homes a year, research suggests.

The Planner

Surrey to deliver affordable homes for older people

Surrey County Council has outlined plans to create up to 725 affordable homes within 10 years designed to help older people live independently.

The Planner

Measures announced to end segregation for social housing residents

Former housing secretary James Brokenshire has outlined measures aimed at tackling stigma and help to end the segregation of social housing residents in mixed-tenure developments.

The Planner

DfT urges Network Rail to protect rail side environment

The Department for Transport (DfT) has set out how it expects Network Rail to protect and enhance the environment at the rail side.

The Planner

Government fails to meet land disposal targets

Amid a housing crisis, the government has ‘failed’ to use its position as a major land owner to develop and execute an ‘effective strategy’ to meet land disposal targets.

The Planner

Gove outlines updates to environment bill 

The government’s ambitions for the forthcoming environment bill have been set out and updated in a policy statement.

The Planner

Appeal eyed after £50m mixed-use scheme rejected

The developer behind a proposed £50 million mixed-use scheme in Nottinghamshire, which could have created about 100 new jobs, has said it is considering an appeal after the plans were rejected.

Insider Media

Extra funding to boost action on making homes more flood resilient

Communities across England are set to be better protected against the impacts of flooding thanks to almost £3 million of government investment, environment minister Thérèse Coffey has announced.

UK Government

Boost for bees on the A66

Safer, smoother journeys as well as environmental benefits are on the way along the A66 in Cumbria, the government has confirmed.

UK Government

Five new regional economic blueprints launched

A series of local economic blueprints have been unveiled. They set out plans to boost the earning power and opportunities of people and businesses as part of the government’s industrial strategy.

UK Government

Adur council strikes deal for new council homes

Plans to create some of Adur's first council properties for more than 30 years have taken a big step forward after a deal was struck to create dozens of homes for those on the housing waiting list.

Adur & Worthing Councils

Johnson has ‘once in generation’ chance to transform buildings

The new government team led by Boris Johnson has an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically shift policy on the built environment and deliver higher standards of safety, sustainability and social justice, according to the Building Engineering Services Association. 

Building Engineering Services Association

Plans go in for 26-storey tower of all affordable homes

Plans for the first 100 per cent affordable residential tower in Ealing have been submitted to the Mayor of London.

Construction Enquirer