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England round-up: Clear joined-up approach needed for national and regional infrastructure, report says; Mock medieval castle deemed ‘obtrusive’ by inspector

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning policy in England: 18 August-24 August, 2018

Clear joined-up approach needed for national and regional infrastructure, report says

A report by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called for the government to establish an inter-departmental group that includes all departments with responsibilities for infrastructure so policy, planning and delivery is better coordinated.

The Planner

Enforcement: Mock medieval castle deemed ‘obtrusive’ by inspector

A ‘mock’ castle located in a national park must be demolished because it is ‘obtrusive’ and cannot be considered as a heritage building, with the harm to the landscape outweighing the economic benefits, an inspector has ruled.

The Planner

Khan gives green light to 400 Brentford homes

A development that will deliver 50 per cent affordable housing has been approved by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

The Planner

6,000 homes approved on appeal, report suggests

In 2017, 65 per cent of 78 appeals that were recommended for approval by council planning officers but rejected by councillors were overturned at appeal, resulting in the approval of 6,000 homes, according to a report.

The Planner

Driverless car testing track could be built on Bosworth Battlefield

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s planning committee have been advised by offices to approve the development of a £26million testing track for driverless cars on a site partially located in the registered Bosworth Battlefield site.

Leicester Mercury

Salford residents call for developers to pay to make blocks fire-safe 

Residents living in a landmark waterside development in Greater Manchester that was found to have flammable cladding have called on the building’s developers to pay to make it safe from the risk of fire.

The Guardian

South Shields Metro development is back on track after planning blunder

Work has at the new £8.4 million Metro training base project in South Tyneside - after a planning blunder threatened to derail its progress.

The Shields Gazette

Inspector backs council decision on Carlton Tavern care home scheme

Planning inspectors have backed City of York Council's decision to refuse a controversial application to build a care home on the site of a pub. 

The York Press

£42m Hull flood defence scheme in for planning (Subscription)

Bam Nuttall and Mott MacDonald could start work on a £42 million flood defence scheme in Hull by the end of the year, after a planning application was submitted this week.

New Civil Engineer

Historic city centre building to get new lease of life (Subscription)

Real estate consultancy OBI has received planning and listed building consent to redevelop a listed building in the heart of Manchester. 

The Business Desk

24 Bradford Council planning decisions successfully appealed

Over 28 per cent of appeals against Bradford Council planning decisions were successful last year - potentially costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds.

The Telegraph and Argus

Designers appointed for Sheffield HS2 station

The transformation of Sheffield station ready for the arrival of HS2 has moved a step closer after a team of architects and engineers was appointed.

The Star

Birmingham park to get a £2.4 million revamp

A park and women's centre in one of Birmingham's most deprived areas are set for a £2.4 million revamp as HS2's Environment and Landscape board as welcomes initial approaches for funding to spruce up the site.

Birmingham Mail

30 homes earmarked for flood-prone Brighton land

Brighton and Hove City Council planners have earmarked at least 30 homes for a site in Patcham which neighbours say is prone to flooding.

Brighton & Hove News

Plans submitted for Harrogate retail park

New plans have been lodged for a new retail park on the site of the former North East Gas offices in Harrogate, which was previously earmarked for a Tesco supermarket.

Insider Media

Anger over plan to move Pankhurst statue away from Parliament 

A row has erupted over plans to relocate a statue of the suffragette pioneer Emmeline Pankhurst from its site near the Houses of Parliament to the private Regent’s University in Regent’s Park, London.

The Guardian

Former Beeston sheltered housing site could become 12 new homes

Twelve new homes could be built on a a former sheltered housing site in Beeston, with a planning application submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council.

Nottingham Post

UK fracking push could fuel global plastics crisis, say campaigners 

The push for a large-scale fracking operation in England will fuel the global plastic crisis and undermines the government’s claims that it is tackling the issue, according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

The Guardian

Inspector approves Marsh Lane shale gas proposal

A planning application to explore underground shale gas reserves near the village of Marsh Lane in Derbyshire has been given the green light by a planning inspector following a public inquiry.

East Midlands Business Link

Receiving rural development funding if there’s no Brexit deal 

The government has published guidance on rural development funding in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

UK Government

Oxfordshire councils question Malthouse’s ‘corridor’ housing plans (Subscription)

Two Oxfordshire councils have written to housing minister Kit Malthouse raising questions about the government’s flagship housing plans to build a million homes in the area. 

Inside Housing