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England round-up: Consultation on assessing local housing need delayed; Council reviews planning decisions owing to wrong air quality data

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 29 July-4 August, 2017

Consultation on assessing local housing need delayed

The Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed the consultation on assessing local housing need has been delayed until Parliament returns in September.

The Planner

Council reviews planning decisions owing to wrong air quality data

Errors made in monitoring air quality by Cheshire East Council have affected planning applications across the area, so the council is now reviewing whether mitigation measures are required.

The Planner

Five new train stations for England and Wales

The Department for Transport has announced that it will invest more than £16 million in building five new railway stations in England and Wales.

The Planner

Eight-year low for retail planning applications

Planning applications for new shops and shopping centres in England fell to 6,525 in the year March 2017, an eight-year low and nearly half the number of 2008/09, according to property lending platform Lendy.

The Planner

950-home development in Abingdon approved

Vale of White Horse District Council has approved plans for up to 950 homes and community facilities in north Abingdon.

The Planner

Wembley build-to-rent scheme gets £65m boost

Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has announced that the government will give £65 million to a Wembley Park development that is delivering homes specifically for private rent.

The Planner

Bartlett student suggests replacing HS2 railway with zero-carbon towns

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Damien Assini has proposed that the UK government reallocates funds from the proposed HS2 railway to the creation of a natural landscape incorporating carbon-free modular housing and a green economy.


Planning row continues over councillor's 25-foot ‘party’ shed

A Tory councillor who was ordered to take down a 25ft shed is now seeking planning permission to keep it, claiming it is for agricultural use.

The Yorkshire Post

Grayling accused of ‘hiding’ details of HS2 budgets

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has been accused of ‘hiding’ details of the budgets and time scales for HS2 from an official document amid rising concerns about the cost of the project.

i News

Thousands sign petition for more transport cash for north of England 

More than 29,000 people have signed a petition calling for more investment in transport in the north of England, after rail electrification plans across the country were scrapped.

The Guardian

Cornwall transport spending suggested to be a tiny fraction of London’s

Spending on major transport projects in places like Cornwall remains a tiny fraction of the money frittered away on schemes in the rest of the country, according to a new analysis.

Cornwall Live

£40m development in Measham facing the axe as reverse on HS2 decision ‘unlikely’

The chief executive of a Measham business has said that there is little chance of the HS2 planned route decision being reversed, which could see a £40 million canal-side development scrapped.

Burton Mail

Edge of Coventry green belt development to be inspired by Welwyn Garden City

Developers who want to build more than 400 houses on farmland on the edge of Coventry say they are inspired by the garden city concept first thought up more than 100 years ago.

Coventry Telegraph

Telford will need 17,000 new homes by 2031

More than 17,000 homes need to be built in Telford by 2031, according to its updated planning blueprint for the future.

The Planner

Garden centre boss admits defeat in planning dispute

A long-running planning dispute involving a garden centre near Wargrave has been resolved on the orders of a judge.

Henley Standard

Khan seeks power to stop developers cutting back on affordable homes

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is seeking greater powers to renegotiate planning decisions where private developers dramatically cut the number of affordable homes.

Evening Standard

New homes company pledges £25m to solve housing problems

A new housing company has been set up by Torbay Council to tackle some of the area’s worst housing problems. 

Devon Live

Welwyn Hatfield’s local plan ‘falls far short of meeting housing need’

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s local plan has been dealt a blow after the planning inspector assessing it claimed it falls “far short of meeting the [housing] need” identified.

Welwyn Hatfield News

£174m M3 upgrade opens to traffic

The M3 in Surrey and Hampshire has become the latest road in the UK to be upgraded to a smart motorway, Highways England has announced.

UK Government

Huge number of empty homes near Grenfell ‘simply unacceptable’

Labour has condemned as “simply unacceptable” the 1,652 unoccupied properties in the London borough where the Grenfell Tower fire took place, calling for government action to bring them back into use.

The Guardian

West Midlands mayor meets PM over second devolution deal

The West Midlands mayor, Andy Street, has met with the prime minister to push the case for further devolution of powers and funding to the region from Whitehall.

Express & Star