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England round-up: Communities should have a say throughout planning process; Gloucester consults on city plan

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 16 November-22 November, 2019

Communities should have a say throughout planning process

A national charity for the civic movement has urged all political parties to commit to giving communities a ‘meaningful voice’ at every stage of the planning system.

The Planner

Gloucester consults on city plan

Gloucester City Council has launched a consultation on its city plan, which identifies 22 potential sites for development.

The Planner

Application submitted for Salford quay development

Plans that include up to 1,495 homes at Salford’s Cotton Quay have been lodged with the city council.

The Planner

Logistics centre gets the go-ahead

Bassetlaw District Council has granted planning approval for a 2.5 million square foot logistics and business park next to the A1 in Nottinghamshire.

The Planner

General election 2019: Greens promise a planning system supportive of renewable energy and the Passivhaus standard

The Green Party vows to ‘transform’ the planning system so that it enables news homes to be built to Passivhaus standard, supports an increase in renewable energy generation, and encourages the rewilding of spaces to create habitats for wildlife.

The Planner

General election 2019: Lib Dems prioritise the environment and increasing the use of renewable energy

A target of generating 80 per cent of the UK’s electricity through renewables, restoring the natural environment and scrapping permitted development feature in the Liberal Democrat Party’s manifesto.

The Planner

General election 2019: Labour promises 100,000 new council houses a year by 2024 and a Green Industrial Revolution

The Labour Party calls its ‘manifesto of hope’, published ahead of the general election on 12 December, the ‘most radical and ambitious plan to transform our country in decades’ and promises ‘a green transformation’ of the economy.

The Planner

Chocolate factory development wins RTPI award

The transformation of an old chocolate factory in Somerset into a mixed-use development has won top prize at the RTPI South West Regional Awards for Planning Excellence 2019.


Grainger submits application for Lewisham development

Grainger has announced that Grainger Lewisham Holdings – a 50-50 joint venture partnership between the London Borough of Lewisham and itself – has submitted a detailed planning application to develop land on Besson Street in New Cross Gate.


Plans for 62-acre solar farm to move forward

Plans for a 62-acre solar farm and almost 80,000 square feet of employment space in Leicestershire could take a major step forward next week.

Insider Media

Housing needs survey launched in Shropshire town

A first-of-its-kind housing needs survey has launched in Whitchurch. Residents are being asked to take part in the survey, which will be completed entirely online.

Shropshire Star

Victory for Earls Court housing estates as they handed back to council

Two West London housing estates that were under threat of demolition by developers for 12 years are to be handed back to the council in a major victory for campaigners.

Evening Standard

Hotel plans approved

An application to increase the size of an apartment hotel that is part of a £25million luxury resort has been approved by Cornwall Council.

Cornish Stuff

Transport Planning Day awards announced

Transport planning projects that help people live healthier and low-carbon lifestyles have been recognised at the Transport Planning Society's awards.

Transport Planning Society

Crossrail delay until 2021 may cost London £2bn

The cost of delaying Crossrail until 2021 may rise to £2 billion, according to Transport for London (TFL) bosses. They said the latest delay would cost £500 million to £750 million in lost fares.

City AM

Future development of Stroud to be consulted on

The future development of Stroud will be the subject of a series of public exhibitions held by the district council over the next month ahead of the publication of the Stroud Local Plan.

Punchline Gloucester

Motorway service area near Boroughbridge refused

Harrogate councillors have thrown out plans for a new multimillion-pound motorway service area on the A1(M) near Boroughbridge.

Stray FM

Backlash sees giant Oatly ice cream advert removed

A giant advert for Oatly ice cream overlooking a Stoke Newington primary school has been removed as it was a violation of the Committee of Advertising Practice rules regarding schools because of its fat and sugar content, but it was also in a conservation area and the council deemed it illegal.

Hackney Gazette

Lorries in ‘flagrant breach’ of planning rules over early deliveries to supermarket

An Aldi supermarket in Ludlow has been accused of flouting its planning permission rules by taking deliveries an hour before it is allowed to.

Shropshire Star

Massive housing plans put on hold

A masterplan for a massive housing development on farmland in Nuneaton has been put on hold.

Coventry Live

Gypsy site appeal rejected by Planning Inspectorate

An appeal against the council’s decision to reject planning permission for five traveller dwellings in Kingsbury has been thrown out.

Birmingham Live