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England round-up: Councils urged to use planning powers to press forward on housebuilding; Rents set to soar as new property to let continues downward spiral

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 4 August- 10 August, 2018

Councils urged to use planning powers to press forward on housebuilding

The body representing councils is signalling an end to polarised arguments about housing development that blames slow building rates on planning authorities or developers land banking.

The Planner 

Rents set to soar as new property to let continues downward spiral

A falling supply of rented homes and escalating demand from tenants will drive up UK rents by 15 per cent in the next five years.

The Planner 

Architect studio proposes Grenfell memorial

A London-based architectural studio is proposing to encase Grenfell Tower in black concrete as a memorial to the 72 victims of the disaster.

The Planner 

Ministers U-turn on supported housing funding

Controversial plans to cap benefits for supported housing tenants and fund schemes through local authority “top-up” grants have been scrapped.

The Planner 

Campaigners challenge Heathrow NPS in the High Court

Friends of the Earth has launched a legal challenge against the government’s decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow Airport, claiming it is unlawful because it fails to address the UK’s climate change obligations.

The Planner

Staffordshire healthcare village approved

East Staffordshire Borough Council has granted outline planning permission for healthcare village Outwoods, at Queens Hospital, Burton.

The Planner

Developers plan multi-million revamp of Royal Hotel in Ashby

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition against a multimillion-pound scheme which could involve the £4 million re-opening of the historic Royal Hotel in Ashby, North West Leicestershire.

Leicester Mercury

Warwick Uni submits major expansion plan

The University of Warwick has submitted hybrid plans for the next phase of its campus development involving nine new projects, including a £54 million Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building.

Construction Enquirer

Bures homes face possible demolition after planning permission is refused

A controversial housing development in Bures could potentially be demolished, after being retroactively refused planning permission due to the homes vastly exceeding their height limit.

Suffolk Free Press

Consultation begins on Vattenfall offshore wind farm

A public consultation has opened into an application to build one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms off the north Norfolk coast.

Eastern Daily Press

MHCLG publishes social housing lettings data 

The Ministry of Housing for Communities and Local Government has published a statistical report on lettings of social housing in England provided by local authorities and private registered providers.

UK Government

DfT to invest record amounts in small businesses 

The Department for Transport has committed to directing a third of its procurement spending towards small and medium-sized enterprises by 2022.

UK Government

Council calls in plan for hospital cameras

Councillors are set debate in public whether to grant retrospective planning permission for the enforcement cameras in the car park at Townlands Memorial Hospital in Henley.

Henley Standard

HS2 requires £43bn of funding for people to make the most of it, Armitt says 

The government's infrastructure tsar has raised the prospect of the cost of High Speed 2 rocketing further after suggesting an extra £43 billion of funding is needed to ensure that people can make the most of the scheme.


Nottingham consults on air quality plan

Nottingham City Council has opened a consultation into its plans to improve air quality in the city in order to achieve compliance with legal emissions limits.

Air Quality News

Hopes for public inquiry into Norfolk wind turbines dashed

Hopes of campaigners for a new public inquiry into controversial plans for two wind turbines in north Norfolk have been dashed by a new High Court ruling. North Norfolk District Council looks set to challenge the decision.

North Norfolk News

Councils orders a dad to take down £10,000 extension

A Newcastle man has been ordered to tear down a house extension built to help his five-year-old son, after falling foul of planning regulations.

Chronicle Live

Council criticised for allowing travellers to live in bungalow built without planning permission

A decision by Cornwall Council to allow a family of travellers to continue living in a bungalow built without planning permission has been criticised.

Cornwall Live