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England round-up: Can biodiversity net gain meet the needs of people and the environment?; Introducing zonal planning in England would be a ‘cultural change’, says Hills

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 14 November-20 November, 2020

News report: Can biodiversity net gain meet the needs of people and the environment?

Should the biodiversity net gain system be focusing more explicitly on supporting human wellbeing? Is biodiversity recovery best served by working on individual sites or at a larger, more strategic scale? To what extent can the biodiversity net gain system contribute to nature recovery on a national scale anyway? Simon Wicks reports from the Planning Portal Virtual Conference 2020.

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Digital is good for planning but not for its own sake, conference hears

A more comprehensively digitised planning service could be more transparent, accessible and democratic - but only if it’s employed in ways that can genuinely improve the service, the Planning Portal Virtual Conference 2020 audience has heard.

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Introducing zonal planning in England would be a ‘cultural change’, says Hills

Moving to a zonal planning system and frontloading community engagement will be cultural changes for England’s planning system, says RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills.

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Planning for the Future: Your views on design codes

Design guides and codes are generally supported by built environment organisations, but questions remain about how prescriptive they would be and the extent to which local authorities will be sufficiently resourced in order to deliver local codes.

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Johnson sets out his 10 point plan for a green revolution

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a £12 billion, 10 point plan for a green recovery from Covid-19. It includes more offshore wind capacity, cleaner public transport and extensive carbon capture and storage.

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Joint working and a strategic approach required to address climate crisis

The RTPI has spoken about how planning needs to address the climate crisis ‘full on’ with authorities working together across boundaries.

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York Central works approved

City of York Council has granted planning permission for a reserved matters application involving infrastructure works to the west of York railway station.

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White paper published to ensure safety for social housing residents

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has published the long-awaited social housing white paper for England, which seeks to raise the standards of landlords and ensure every home is safe and secure.

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Rental homes approved in Surrey

Mole Valley District Council has granted planning permission for 214 build-to-rent homes, subject to conditions and a section 106 agreement.

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Planners integral to decarbonising transport, says minister

The government’s forthcoming 'Transport Decarbonisation Plan' will give planners a blueprint for ‘cleaning up everything from cars to container ships’ in supporting the nationwide transition to a zero-carbon transport system.

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RTPI regional awards announced

The RTPI has announced a number of winners in regionals Awards for Planning Excellence:


Council uses virtual exhibition to reach residents

Fareham Borough Council is using a virtual exhibition to set out the details of its local plan in order to reach as many residents as possible during lockdown.

Fareham Borough Council

Bradford to consider ratification of devolution deal

Bradford Council’s executive will be asked to give its consent to a government order to establish a West Yorkshire Combined Authority as part of a devolution deal when it meets on 24 November.

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Extension of seabird haven to benefit 15,000 birds 

The government has announced the expansion of a protected area in the Isles of Scilly, home to some of the country's rarest seabirds such as the Manx shearwater and storm petrel.

UK Government

DfT publishes recommendations to deliver fairer deal for communities on HS2 property schemes 

An overhaul of how land and property is purchased for High Speed 2 (HS2) will deliver a fairer deal for communities impacted by the project, transport minister Andrew Stephenson has announced.

UK Government

Planning inspector rejects children's home appeal

A planning inspector has rejected an appeal over plans to use a house as a care institution for young people in Telford.

Shropshire Star