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England round-up: DCO reporting stage extended for Sizewell C; Study reveals built-to-rent sector is growing in the regions

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 14 January-21 January, 2022

DCO reporting stage extended for Sizewell C

Lee Rowley, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for energy, has announced the extension of the report writing stage of the examination of the Sizewell C Project by six weeks.

The Planner

Timothy Crawshaw inaugurated as RTPI president

Timothy Crawshaw MRTPI has taken over the role as president of the RTPI from Dr Wei Yang.

The Planner

RTPI launches site to raise awareness of planning among public

A ‘Planning Your World’ website has been launched by the RTPI to raise awareness of the planning professions within the general public.

The Planner

Study reveals built-to-rent sector is growing in the regions

The pipeline of build-to-rent homes grew by 8 per cent in 2021, suggests analysis published by the British Property Federation (BPF).

The Planner

Thousands of homes on hold as Conservatives call on government for a ‘reset’

Controversial plans for thousands of homes have been put on hold after a council faced mounting pressure to have a rethink.


Council’s challenge over ‘unlawful’ county ‘split’ is rejected

A bid to challenge the local government reform in Cumbria has been rejected. The plans were backed by all MPs in the county but were later counteracted by Cumbria County Council, which claims the decision is “unlawful”.

Lancashire Live

1,000 object to logistics proposal in Staffordshire

More than 1,000 people have objected to a logistics development proposal being promoted in Newcastle-under-Lyme Council’s latest local plan.

Logistics Manager

Company appeals against decision over electronic advertising sign

A company has appealed against Calderdale Council’s decision to refuse it permission to replace an existing advertising sign with a modern digital display equivalent.

Halifax Courier

Appeal over refusal of Worcester golf course homes plan

An appeal has been lodged against Worcester City Council’s refusal of plans to build 50 homes on a former golf course.

BBC News

Second approval for Coventry Airport gigafactory

Proposals for a gigafactory at Coventry Airport have been green-lit by the city council.

Insider Media

City centre Poundland store could be demolished and rebuilt

Plans have been unveiled that could see the demolition and rebuilding of the former Poundland store in St Albans city centre.

The Herts Advertiser

Council confirms local plan sites to be dropped

Plans to build 1,500 homes on the green belt in Symondshyde will be one of the developments dropped by Welwyn Hatfield under plans to fight the government’s housing target, the borough council has confirmed.

Welwyn Hatfield Times

Party leaders at odds over latest delay to St Albans Local Plan

Councillors must “stop talking and start doing” in order to ensure the district has a viable local plan which prevents development by appeal, according to Conservative group leader Mary Maynard. The local plan is not expected to be adopted until 2025, two years after the government’s deadline.

The Herts Advertiser

Leeds Bradford Airport development to face public inquiry

Communities secretary Michael Gove has called in plans for a new £150 million terminal building at Leeds Bradford Airport. It will face a public inquiry.

West Leeds Dispatch

Rural homes give veterans the chance to rebuild

The Buchanan Trust is creating homes for armed forces veterans, with support from the government’s housing agency Homes England.

UK Government

Government to drive up standards in social housing

Social housing residents will be better protected as part of a review to ensure they are listened to, minister for rough sleeping and housing Eddie Hughes has confirmed.

UK Government

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