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England round-up: Brokenshire is pressed to reject Northumberland coal mine; 6,500 homes approved in Cambridgeshire

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 11 May-17 May, 2019

Brokenshire is pressed to reject Northumberland coal mine

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has been urged to reject planning permission for an opencast coal mine at Druridge Bay because, says Friends of the Earth, the UK has enough coal.

The Planner

6,500 homes approved in Cambridgeshire

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee has backed outline plans to develop the former Waterbeach Barracks site.

The Planner

Garden community to be built in Exeter

Housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced that a garden community comprising 20,000 homes is to be built in the greater Exeter area.

The Planner

Extended permitted development rights take effect this month

The extension of permitted development rights that will allow high street conversions to offices and homes will come into effect on 25 May.

The Planner

Japanese housebuilder to deliver homes in England

Homes England and Urban Splash have agreed a deal for Japan’s largest housebuilder, Sekisui House, to build homes in England using methods of construction that see homes pre-built in factories and sent on to sites.

The Planner

Ealing space protected illegal encampments

Ealing Council has been granted an injunction by the High Court that prohibits illegal encampments in the borough.

The Planner

Birmingham publishes 10-year housing plan

Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) has published plans to build 2,708 new homes by 2029.

The Planner

Number of people in temporary lodgings increases in the capital

The number of London households living in temporary accommodation has increased by 50 per cent in the past five years.

The Planner

Redevelopment of New Forest power station site proposed

Fawley Waterside Ltd has submitted an outline planning application to New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority to redevelop the old Fawley Power Station site.

The Planner

Ebbsfleet signs £1.6m land deals

Housing minister Kit Malthouse has launched a £8.5 million fund that aims to support the delivery of thousands of discounted homes for communities.

The Planner

Truss wants to build on green belt land to fight of 'tsunami’ of Farage and Corbyn

Senior cabinet minister Liz Truss has called for one million homes to be built on green belt land to protect against the Tories being ‘annihilated by the tsunami of Corbyn and Farage’.

City AM

Housing secretary rejects rent controls evictions

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has rejected suggestions that the Conservatives could bring in rent controls, but defends abolition of ‘no fault’ evictions.

Property Industry Eye

Locals outraged over Knaresborough hedgerow removals

Work to clear a row of hedges at a Knaresborough housing development has been halted until after bird nesting season, raising questions as to why the removal proceeded in the first place.

Harrogate Advertiser

Rugby Local Plan boost for Brandon Stadium campaigners

The campaign to bring speedway and stock car racing back to Brandon Stadium has been given a boost after the Rugby Local Plan was given the green light.

Coventry Telegraph

Tree sees Shrewsbury care home expansion plans deferred

Plans to expand a Shrewsbury care home have been deferred because one of Shropshire’s ‘finest’ trees is adjacent to the site.

Shropshire Star

UK public buildings to add Changing Places toilets

New large public buildings in the UK are expected to add Changing Places toilets for severely disabled people, under new government proposals.

PBC Today

NBBC embark on modular housing projects

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council has submitted planning applications for a total of 28 dwellings across four sites including Pine Tree Road, Roxburgh Road, Abbotsford Road and Raveloe Drive.

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

‘Enough is enough’ claim as 70 homes approved for village

Homes will spring up on a five-acre site off Burntwood Road, Norton Canes, Staffordshire, after the proposal was backed by council planners – despite a ward councillor insisting that ‘enough is enough’.

Express and Star

Marshall Aerospace to leave Cambridge Airport after putting site up for development

Marshall Aerospace has announced that it will leave its base at Cambridge Airport. The site is to be used for the development of up to 12,000 new homes.

ITV News

Crossrail ‘deluded itself’, claims report

Crossrail has been driven over budget by almost £3 billion, and is behind schedule, because its management team clung to an ‘unrealistic’ timetable, according to a National Audit Office report.

London News Online

Plans submitted for London regeneration project

The first plans for Havering’s biggest regeneration project have been submitted. The plans for Napier and New Plymouth House in Rainham were submitted by Havering Council and Wates Residential.

Havering Borough Council

Brighton and Hove Albion’s Lancing training ground expansion approved

Work to extend Brighton & Hove Albion’s training ground can now kick off after being approved by Adur District Council.

Shoreham Herald 

Mother Nature given helping hand by HS2’s Green Corridor

An overgrown eyesore in North Warwickshire has been transformed into a wildlife haven as part of environmental works by High Speed Two (HS2) Limited, the government has said.

UK Government

Government awards £25m to fund zero-emission transport innovations

Projects across the country are set to benefit from a £25 million investment to develop groundbreaking zero-emission technologies for new vehicles, said the government.

UK Government

Government publishes neighbourhood planning bulletin

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published a bulletin on the latest neighbourhood planning news and policy developments.

UK Government

Inspectorate published response to Inquiries Review

The Planning Inspectorate has published its action plan to implement the recommendations of the Inquiries Review.

UK Government

Northamptonshire: Unitary authorities plan approved

A plan for two unitary authorities to replace a cash-crisis council has been approved by government. The new authorities will be in operation by 1 April 2021.

BBC News