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England round-up: Date set for 20% planning fee increase; Road upgrades will lead to new homes

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 30 December 2017-5 January 2018

Date set for 20% planning fee increase

A letter from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s chief planner reveals that a 20 per cent increase in planning fees will come into effect on 17 January.

The Planner

London chief planner receives New Year’s Honour

Planning, transport and housing professionals have been recognised for their achievements in the latest Queen’s New Year's Honours list.

The Planner

Road upgrades will lead to new homes 

The government has announced that £67 million worth of road improvements that will create more than 4,300 jobs and more than 1,700 homes for people in England.

The Planner

Farmland could turn into meadows after Brexit, says Michael Gove 

Farmers will get subsidies for turning fields back into wildflower meadows after Brexit, according to environment secretary Michael Gove.

The Guardian

Green light recommended for Edge Lane shop and hotel plan

Plans to open a new hotel and homeware store at Liverpool Innovation Park could move a step closer next week.

Your Move

May declares ‘personal mission’ to fix housing crisis

Prime Minister Theresa May has declared it her ‘personal mission’ to fix Britain's housing crisis, as she hailed the effects of recent changes to stamp duty.


Boreholes to be drilled near village affected by HS2 plans

HS2 Ltd has applied to Newcastle Borough Council to put up a temporary compound on agricultural land off the A53 at Whitmore as part of exploratory work.

Stoke Sentinel

Planners reject latest application for shop and homes plan in New Forest village

The latest proposal to build a convenience store and homes in a New Forest village have been rejected weeks after a large scheme was dismissed – but developers are being urged to rethink their plans.

Bournemouth Echo

Council expects to invest £3m in solar energy

Nottingham City Council says it will invest £3 million on solar energy projects to save money and make the city greener.

Nottingham Post

Rogue landlords put on notice as government announces new powers 

New measures aimed at cracking down on bad practices, stamp out overcrowding and improve standards for those renting in the private sector, have been announced by the government. 

UK Government

Herts approves planning for Veolia EfW plant

Hertfordshire County Council has approved plans to build an energy from waste facility in Hoddesdon to handle the county’s residual waste.

Lets Recycle

Lord Adonis quits government role with Brexit attack

The government’s infrastructure adviser has announced he is quitting his role, describing Brexit as a ‘populist and nationalist spasm’.

BBC News

‘Tens of thousands’ living in beds in sheds across the capital

Around 9,000 illegal ‘beds in sheds’ housing tens of thousands of people have sprung up across London over the past five years, according to a report.

Evening Standard

Opinion: The illusion of a concrete Britain

The BBC’s Mark Easton questions whether the British people have the mistaken belief that much of the UK has been concreted over.

BBC News

Plans in for next phase of Stockport Exchange 

Muse Developments and Stockport Council have submitted a reserved matters planning application for the next phase of the £145 million Stockport Exchange regeneration scheme.

Insider Media

Plans for new £5m Lidl rejected by council

Plans to open a new multimillion-pound Lidl store in Sutton-in-Ashfield have been rejected by Ashfield District Council.

Nottingham Post

Tony Fernandes warns Old Oak scheme could be stalled for a decade

The owner of West London football club QPR has issued a stark warning that one of the capital’s biggest regeneration plans could be stalled for a decade because of poor infrastructure.

Evening Standard