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England round-up: Campaigners warn Oxford-Cambridge Arc will be the size of Birmingham; Sizewell C consultation set for New Year

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 20 October-26 October, 2018

Campaigners warn Oxford-Cambridge Arc will be the size of Birmingham

Proposals to build a million homes in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc would result in development on 27,000 hectares of greenfield and woodland – an area the size of Birmingham, according to countryside campaigners.

The Planner 

Sizewell C consultation set for New Year

A third round of public consultation for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk will be launched in January.

The Planner 

Greater Manchester air pollution exceeds estimates

Air pollution in Greater Manchester is considerably worse than has been previously estimated, according to latest research.

The Planner 

Take-up of CIL cash is poor, shows research 

Fewer than half of councils in England and Wales are choosing to implement the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This equates to 149 out of 348 councils.

The Planner

Khan settles on cash for 11,000 council homes

Plans worth more than £1 billion with 26 London boroughs have been agreed on, so that more than 11,000 new council homes can be built in London over the next four years.

The Planner

SME builders report materials price hike

Small and medium-sized construction firms have reported increases in materials prices in the third quarter of 2018.

The Planner

Intu identifies land for 5,000 homes

Retail property group Intu has identified enough land for 5,000 homes and 600 hotel rooms.

The Planner

20,000 sites approved to June 2018 – stats

In the year to June 2018, 354,646 units were granted planning approval across 20,076 sites in across the England, Wales and Scotland.

The Planner 

Consultation opens on national parks review

Environment secretary Michael Gove and writer Julian Glover have called for evidence to support the review of national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Planner

£10m cash boost for London council’s planning teams

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a £10 million fund that aims to ‘beef up’ councils’ housing and planning teams to help them build more homes.

The Planner

More powers for councils to tackle rogue mobile home operators

Mobile home residents will receive greater protection from rogue mobile homes operators who make a profit dishonestly.

The Planner

RTPI committees open to applications

RTPI members have been invited to get involved with the institute’s work through participation in its flagship committees.


Regeneration officers could breathe life into town centres

The RTPI highlighted the potential of planning as a market shaper when it gave evidence yesterday to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s ongoing inquiry into high streets and town centres.


Current policies not enough to steer housing to most sustainable places, planners say

The institute has commented on a report that reaffirms the findings of its Location of Development research.


Cornwall helps people live longer in their homes 

People in Cornwall who need help staying in their own homes to avoid moving into residential care receive one of the best services in country, according to an independent report.

Cornwall Council

Stonehenge tunnel plans submitted to Planning Inspectorate

Highways England (HE) said it has applied for a development consent order to build a 1.9-mile (3km) road tunnel past Stonehenge.

BBC News

Planning permission for new dino golf course approved

Plans for a new £500,000 dinosaur-themed adventure golf course on the Isle of Wight have been passed by the council.

On the Wight

Inspectorate reject plans for giant rail freight interchange in Northamptonshire

Plans for a massive strategic rail freight interchange in Northamptonshire have not been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate due to ‘inconsistencies’ in the proposals.

Rail Technology Magazine

Planning granted for blue timber-clad house in Reading

Office S&M has won planning permission to replace a bungalow with a new family home in Reading. The practice has designed a 125-square metre, two-storey XCK House on a corner site in the town’s suburb of Tilehurst.

Architects’ Journal

Car park for vets given thumbs up

The creation of a new car park for an Eastbourne veterinary surgery is hoped to bring an end to a long-running planning saga.

Eastbourne Herald

Blunder leads to delay over housing development plans

A council blunder has forced a delay in the process to complete a plan outlining where 15,000 homes will be built across Nuneaton and Bedworth. Council bosses did not publish some information properly – and are now extending the consultation process.

Coventry Live

TfL ‘could face independent probe into Crossrail project’

Andrew Bailey, chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority, revealed in a letter to Caroline Pidgeon that the watchdog was considering an investigation of TfL’s handling of the project, according to construction news website Building.

Evening Standard