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England round-up: Brent uses POCA against slum landlords; Revised NPPF to be published in draft in spring

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 27 January-2 February, 2018

Brent uses POCA against slum landlords

Brent Council has used the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) against slum landlords for breaches of licensing conditions.

The Planner

Quartermain: Revised NPPF to be published in draft in spring

A letter to England’s local authorities from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s chief planner states that the government intends to publish a draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) before Easter.

The Planner

RTPI celebrates reaching 25,000 members

The RTPI has announced that it has elected its 25,000th member, a major milestone for the institute.

The Planner

Parliamentary committee launches fracking guidance inquiry

The Communities and Local Government Committee has announced that it will examine whether local authority guidance on fracking applications needs to be updated or improved.

The Planner

£866m government investment in housing projects

Housing secretary Sajid Javid and chancellor Philip Hammond have announced that 133 council-led projects across England will receive funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to support local work to make housing developments viable.

The Planner

Khan to buy homes for homeless people

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that he will invest £15 million in a new scheme that aims to purchase up to 330 properties to be made available for Londoners who have been, or are at risk of becoming homeless.

The Planner

London school’s sports facility plans rejected

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has rejected Harrow School’s plans for a new sports facility because part of it would have been built on Metropolitan Open Land.

The Planner

Homes for health staff could be built on surplus NHS land

The government has announced that surplus NHS land will be used to deliver affordable housing, with up to 3,000 homes for NHS staff.

The Planner

Construction activity ‘resilient’, says Deloitte

Regional UK cities have reported ‘record levels’ of construction activity, according to Deloitte’s Real Estate Crane Survey UK.

The Planner

Outsourcer Capita vows to restructure its business model

Troubled outsourcing giant Capita, which issued a profit warning this week, has refused to say whether it will remain active in the local government and planning market.

The Planner

Notts council will not pay for tram extension to HS2 train station 

Nottingham City Council will not pay out for a tram extension to the new HS2 train station in Toton, with the deputy leader saying the money will have to come from the government.

Nottingham Post

Retirement village to be decided by planning inspector

Plans for a 106-bed ‘retirement community’ in Shiplake are to be the subject of a public inquiry.

Henley Standard

Hundreds of thousands living in squalid rented homes in England 

Rented housing so squalid it is likely to leave tenants requiring medical attention is being endured by hundreds of thousands of young adults in England, an analysis of government figures has revealed.

The Guardian

Historic estate to resubmit housing plan

Revised plans for housing development on a historic estate near Nantwich are set to be submitted to Cheshire East Council.

Crewe Chronicle

Javid steps in over asphalt plant proposals by Darlington firm

The housing minister has stepped in over a controversial plan by a Darlington-based firm to build a new asphalt plant near York. It has received more than 200 formal objections.

The Northern Echo

HS2 Carillion JV deal sent subbies ‘deceptive’ message

The decision to award Carillion’s HS2 JV two of its civils contracts sent the wrong signals to the supply chain over its financial future, according to a number of subcontractors.

Construction News

Plans in for multimillion-pound museum expansion

Plans have been lodged for a multimillion-pound expansion of the historic Manchester Museum complex, which includes proposals to build two galleries and create a new main entrance.

Insider Media

‘Better services needed’ in major Tamworth retail centre plans

Concerns are spreading across Wilnecote after plans for a huge multimillion-pound regeneration project to redevelop the area’s Co-op store were revealed.

Birmingham Mail

Compton landowner handed enforcement notice after unauthorised work

A Compton landowner has been handed an enforcement notice by Guildford Borough Council after a breach of planning law in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Get Surrey

London hits 2018 air pollution limit

London reached its annual limits on pollution less than a month into the year, which was actually an improvement on the air quality in 2017.


Milestone for £242 million Trans-Pennine road improvements 

A consultation will launch this month on plans for a £242 million investment on the Manchester to Sheffield Trans-Pennine route.

UK Government

Housebuilders reject Sajid Javid claims of delaying construction

Housebuilders have hit back as housing secretary Sajid Javid warned of a more ‘muscular’ approach from government to companies sitting on land.

Evening Standard

Crossrail chiefs warn that £14bn Elizabeth line could blow its budget

Crossrail chiefs have issued a major alert that the £14.8 billion line might not open on time and is at risk of blowing its budget.

Evening Standard