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England round-up: Consultation on new building safety rules; Illegal HMO uncovered as London council continues enforcement crackdown

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 7 April-13 April, 2018

Landscape Institute calls for green belt review

Green belt policy should be addressing issues such as flood risk and air pollution, as well as biodiversity enhancement, according to the Landscape Institute.

The Planner

Consultation on new building safety rules

Housing secretary Sajid Javid has published a consultation on proposals that aim to strengthen fire testing for cladding systems on residential buildings.

The Planner

Illegal HMO uncovered as London council continues enforcement crackdown

Enforcement officers at Brent Council raided a property in Preston today to find an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

The Planner

Bishopdale slurry store approved in Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has approved a dairy farmer’s application for the park’s largest circular slurry store, after the application was knocked back late in 2017.

The Planner

DCO application submitted for Manston Airport

RiverOak Strategic Partners has submitted an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate.

The Planner

Enforcement: Change of use to hotel granted for private guests only

An inspector has quashed Salford City Council’s decision to refuse a retrospective planning application for the change of use of a drinking establishment (A4) to a hotel (C1), provided the hotel is for private guests only.

The Planner

Plans submitted to improve Gatwick station

Network Rail has submitted plans to Crawley Borough Council to redevelop the train station at Gatwick Airport.

The Planner

£74m deal for Ebbsfleet completed

Homes England has completed a £74 million deal it says will unlock the next phase of development at Ebbsfleet Garden City in Kent.

The Planner

Angry Bures residents protest housing development accused of planning breach

A group of angry residents have held a protest over a housing development in Bures, over fears it is being built far higher than it should be and will impact nearby homes.

Suffolk Free Press

Northumbrian Water goes 100% renewable through green deal with Orsted

Northumbrian Water will power all 1,858 of its sites using renewable electricity for the next four years after signing a deal with Danish energy supplier Orsted.


Fracking firm frustrated by Lincs County Council

A decision to extend until 2020 planning permission for Egdon Resources to drill an exploratory conventional oil well on farmland off Smithfield Road in North Kelsey, Lincolnshire, has been deferred at a meeting of Lincolnshire County Council planning committee.

The Business Desk

Roseacre Wood public inquiry resumes

A public inquiry into plans for fracking at a second site in Lancashire has resumed.

BBC News

New children’s care homes plan for Nuneaton unveiled

Miller Prestige Homes Ltd has submitted an application for specialist children’s care homes in Nuneaton.

Coventry Telegraph

Car repair shop in Leicester’s West End forced to close

An unauthorised car repair workshop that has been operating on a quiet residential street will have to close following legal action.

Leicester Mercury

Review of local government finance governance announced

Local government secretary Sajid Javid has announced details of an independent review of the processes and procedures that underpin the ministry’s governance of the business rates system.

UK Government

Housing estate plan for Nuneaton submitted

Gladman Developments Ltd has submitted plans to Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council to build up to 775 homes on land off Weddington Road.

Coventry Telegraph

London housing demand falls for 11th straight month 

London’s housing woes continue as buyer demand has fallen for the 11th straight month, according to a new UK residential survey by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

City AM

Homes England backs programme to encourage diversity in regeneration

A pioneering scheme to inspire a new, diverse generation of young people into property and regeneration has been backed by Homes England.

UK Government