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England round-up: Brokenshire outlines permitted development plans; Spring Statement 2019 measures

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 9 March-15 March, 2019

Brokenshire outlines permitted development plans

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has outlined plans to extending permitted development on the high street, and to review conversions to residential use amid quality concerns.

The Planner

Spring Statement 2019: £3bn for affordable housing scheme

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a £3 billion Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme in the Spring Statement, and that progress is being made on growth deals for Mid Wales.

The Planner

Spring Statement 2019: Reaction

There are some ‘useful’ measures in the Spring Statement, the RTPI has said – but nothing that would alleviate the worry about local authority finances and therefore help to deliver more affordable housing.

The Planner

RTPI attends MIPIM

The president and chief executive of the RTPI have attended the world’s leading property exhibition, MIPIM.

The Planner

Five areas to take part in placemaking programme

Bradford, Greater Exeter, Great Yarmouth, Gateshead and North Northamptonshire have been named as participants in a new programme to recognise and support high-quality placemaking in England.

The Planner

South London homeowner fined for illegal extension

A Croydon resident has been directed to pay a confiscation order and a fine for illegally extending and converting an outbuilding into a flat, which was then rented out.

The Planner

Highways England reveals plans for ‘Missing Links’ scheme 

Highways England has unveiled plans for a multi-million pound scheme to upgrade a key route linking the Midlands and South West.

The Planner

Carlisle appoints garden village masterplanner

Carlisle City Council has appointed Arup as the masterplanner in the next phase for St Cuthbert’s Garden Village.

The Planner

£10bn of West Midlands investment opportunities outlined

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street has launched a £10 billion investment prospectus at property exhibition event MIPIM. This includes housing opportunities.

The Planner

Homes England launches Interactive Land Hub 

Homes England has launched an Interactive Land Hub to help builders quickly match plots of land that are ready for development.

The Planner

Leeds City Council submits £60m HIF bid

Leeds City Council has finalised a £60 million bid to build thousands of new homes in the city centre. 

The Planner

Wolverhampton brownfield development unveiled at MIPIM

Plans for a £250 million city living development in the centre of Wolverhampton have been announced today (13 March) at MIPIM.

The Planner

WYG secures planning permission for £6m road scheme 

Professional services firm WYG has secured planning permission for a £6 million road development scheme in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

The Planner

Hospital plans for Leeds submitted

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has submitted plans for a major hospital development in the city centre.

The Planner

Permission sought for more than 2,700 homes in Lutterworth

Leicestershire County Council has submitted a planning application for 2,750 homes near Lutterworth. Harborough District Council will determine the application.

The Planner

Government likely to miss multi-million pound housebuilding target, minister admits

The housing minister has all-but confirmed that the pledge, originally made in the 2015 Conservative manifesto, to build 200,000 ‘Starter Homes’ by 2020 will not be met.

Politics Home

Housebuilders hit out at admission that starter homes target will not be met

Housebuilders have hit out at the admission from Kit Malthouse that the Starter Home pledge will not be met, although the National Federation of Builders (NFB) said that it is not entirely surprised at the failure of the starter homes programme.

Property Wire

Thousands of people sign petition demanding public inquiry into Durham council HQ plans

Thousands of angry residents have signed a petition asking for the secretary of state to review plans for Durham County Council's new headquarters.

Chronicle Live

£2.8m deal will see motorways get new charging points

More than 50 new electric vehicle charging points will be built near Britain’s motorways and main roads as part of a £2.8 million deal.


Aquatics centre in Sandwell approved

Plans for a £60 million aquatics centre in Sandwell have been approved by planners. The Commonwealth Games centre will have to go through a full council meeting on April 9 for ratification.

Express & Star

Stevenage council and Mace team up to boost town centre 

Stevenage Borough Council and Mace have announced the signing of a major new agreement to work in partnership on the long-term transformation of Stevenage Town Centre.


Secretary of state’s decision to refuse planning permission at Purley Baptist Church quashed 

An order has been drafted to overturn housing secretary James Brokenshire’s decision to refuse the Purley Baptist Church planning application last year. He has conceded he failed to give adequate reasons for refusing the scheme.

Croydon Council

Expansion plans announced for Springfields in Spalding

Owner Triton Property Fund is launching a public consultation on plans that could see around 15 new major name stores, four cafes and restaurants, 236 additional parking spaces and the introduction of more electric vehicle chargers built at Springfields Outlet.

Spalding Today