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England round-up: Covid-19 recovery could boost rural areas; Planning can improve outcomes for displaced people

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 11 September-17 September, 2021

Covid-19 recovery could bring £51 billion to rural and coastal areas

The recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic could deliver a £51 billion boost to rural and coastal economies by 2030, according to latest research.

The Planner

Planning should be better used to improve the outcomes of the displaced, says RTPI

Humanitarian and development professionals must utilise planning to improve the outcomes of those who have been displaced, the RTPI says.

The Planner

Think tank calls for key worker housing allocations in local plans

Local plans should contain a new category of housing for key workers with land set aside to build 50,000 such homes year.

The Planner

Jenrick replaced as housing secretary by Gove in cabinet reshuffle: news and reaction

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sacked Robert Jenrick from the position of housing secretary as part of his cabinet reshuffle. Michael Gove will replace him, and take on additional responsiblities for overseeing the governement's 'levelling-up' agenda. 

The Planner

Buckinghamshire Council adopts Aylesbury plan

Buckinghamshire Council has decided to adopt a Local Plan for the Vale of Aylesbury in a move recommended by a planning inspector.

The Planner

Brick Lane development plan approved

Controversial plans for a mixed-use development comprising retail, restaurants and offices in Brick Lane, east London, have been approved.

The Planner

Application submissions decline in line with August trends

August saw 55,686 planning applications in England and Wales submitted to the Planning Portal. 

The Planner

£650bn investment into infrastructure pipeline

The government has forecast £650 billion public and private sector investment in infrastructure over the next ten years in its latest National Infrastructure and Construction Procurement Pipeline, published this week.

The Planner

Second phase of London council's regeneration scheme approved

Waltham Forest Council has approved the second phase of plans to regenerate the Town Hall Campus with a new neighbourhood and cultural hub.

The Planner

World Green Building Council expands net-zero commitment to include 'embodied carbon'

The World Green Building Council has updated its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment to include “bold new requirements for addressing embodied emissions”.


Planning approved for Teesworks wind factory

More than 2,000 new renewable energy jobs are to be created on Teesside as plans have been approved to construct an offshore wind farm.

ITV News

The North may get three more mayoralties in devolution agenda

New mayoralties could be created in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire, former communities secretary Robert Jenrick said when he announced a renewed commitment to “widen and deepen” the devolution agenda.

The Guardian

Council launches survey on cycling infrastructure plan

Hampshire County Council has opened surveys for residents, businesses, commuters and visitors to submit their views on the local cycling and walking infrastructure plans (LCWIPs).


'Monster towers' in Cricklewood approved 

A "monster" development up to 18 storeys high in an area of low-rise homes in Cricklewood has been approved in principle following a row over Barnet Council’s power to reject the scheme.

This is Local London

130-home plan unveiled for Camp Road

Plans have been unveiled for 130 homes on Camp Road, in Freshwater – eight years after a previous attempt for eight homes was rejected.

Isle of Wight Observer

Telford pub's smoking shelter application refused

A pub has lost its bid to get planning permission for smoking shelters it says are “fundamental to the longevity and survival” of the business and the building.

Shropshire Star

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