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England round-up: Clark confirms that local government will be part of Brexit talks; Council supports opencast mine in north-east England

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 2 July-8 July, 2016

Clark confirms that local government will be part of Brexit talks

Communities secretary Greg Clark says Whitehall cannot be the “default destination” for powers returning from Brussels.

The Planner 

Council supports opencast mine in north-east England

Proposals for a surface mine at Highthorn, Widdrington, have been approved by Northumberland County Council.

The Planner

RTPI: Is planning reform heading in the right or wrong direction?

The RTPI is seeking the views of its members on the impact of recent planning reforms to the UK’s planning systems and on their work.

The Planner

New housing award for Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council has won Social Housing Provider of the Year at the Insider Residential Property Awards 2016.


340-home plan set for green light

A proposal to build 340 new homes on a site in Weymouth is set to take a step forward with councillors recommended to approve the scheme at a meeting this week.

Insider Media Limited 

Brexit will ‘weaken’ commercial property demand

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union will dampen demand for commercial property in the UK, says a leading real estate services company.

FM World

House builder approaches council about green belt site

Taylor Wimpey North Thames has approached Hertfordshire County Council - part owner of the former Radlett Airfield in Park Street - expressing an interest in creating a new garden village development of 2,000 homes on the site.

The Herts Advertiser 

Brexit impact on housing targets is in Waverley’s thoughts

The impact of Brexit on housing targets in Waverley’s draft local plan was raised by members of the borough council’s ‘watchdog’ overview and scrutiny committee, when they met to discuss the document on Monday night.

Farnham Herald

Fracking report submitted to government

The report by the Planning Inspectorate on Cuadrilla’s appeal against the decision to refuse fracking in Lancashire has been submitted to the government.

Lancashire Evening Post 

Plans in for £175m mixed-use scheme in Sheffield

Outline plans have been submitted for a £175 million mixed-use regeneration scheme in Sheffield. It is expected to have the capacity to support about 5,000 jobs.

Insider Media Limited 

Council submits plan to build 1,700 homes in north Warwickshire

Plans have been submitted to build a sprawling estate of 1,700 homes in Nuneaton. Warwickshire County Council is behind the bid to build houses on Top Farm, off Higham Lane.

Coventry Telegraph

Mixed-use Bristol plans set for green light

Plans for the redevelopment of a site close to Bristol’s historic former marketplace, which would include residential and commercial space as well as accommodation for more than 200 students, are set to be given the green light.

Insider Media Limited 

Homes under threat as HS2 route switches to Doncaster

The M18 near Doncaster is being considered as the site of an HS2 parkway station – but homes face being demolished as part of the plans.

Doncaster Free Press

Nuneaton town centre flats plan given the green light

More housing is coming to Nuneaton after plans for up to 25 flats in the town centre were given the green light by planning chiefs.

Coventry Telegraph

Trafford's £800m gas-fired power plant given funding extension

A company that wants to build a government-subsidised £800 million gas-fired power station in Greater Manchester has been given more time to secure funding.

BBC News