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England round-up: Deals agreed with local authorities to deliver 4,000 homes; A38 improvement scheme will be examined

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 18 May-24 May, 2019

Deals agreed with local authorities to deliver 4,000 homes

Homes England has agreed funding deals worth £55 million to deliver 4,000 homes across England.

The Planner

News report: ‘Boys’ club’ culture is holding back women in planning, research suggests

A widespread boys’ club mentality is limiting women’s opportunities in the workplace, new research by the RTPI suggests.

The Planner

RTPI announces new chair for its Board of Trustees

Sue Bridges FRTPI has been elected as the new chair of the RTPI Board of Trustees.

The Planner

A38 improvement scheme will be examined

The Planning Inspectorate has accepted an application that aims to improve three existing roundabout junctions on the A38.

The Planner

West Midlands publishes industrial strategy

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street has launched the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy, the first to be published in the UK.

The Planner

Nominations open for Transport Planning Society People’s Award

The Transport Planning Society has opened nominations for its People’s Award to mark the official launch of Transport Planning Day 2019.

Infrastructure Intelligence

Housing plan for Calderdale site that has seen proposals refused for 30 years 

Cornell Group Ltd is awaiting a decision from Calderdale Council’s Planning Committee on plans to develop a site for which applications have been refused seven times.

Halifax Courier

Stockport Council sets out plans for Merseyway redevelopment

Local residents are being invited to give their views at public consultation events as the Merseyway Redevelopment plans are revealed.

Marketing Stockport

Noodle bar still open without planning permission

A Coventry noodle bar remains open without planning permission. Chop and Wok was initially refused planning permission on August 21, 2018 - but opened for business 10 days later. It was then refused on appeal in January this year.

Coventry Telegraph

Man ordered to pay fine for ‘makeshift scrapyard’ on green belt land

A man who used agricultural land to store vehicles, a boat, scrap materials and other debris without planning permission has been ordered to pay out more than £1,200 after appearing in court.

Nottingham Post

Further details emerge of 300 homes plan in Coventry

Details of more than 300 homes that will be built in Keresley have been described as ‘the start of a slippery slope’.

Coventry Telegraph

Controversial McDonald’s proposals set for approval

Plans for a job-creating McDonald’s restaurant at a Wirral site just off the M53 and next to a prominent gym have been recommended for approval despite more than 200 objections to the proposal.

Insider Media

Khan accused of falling short on trees pledge

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been criticised for falling short of promises to plant two million trees in his first term.

Evening Standard

Crossrail delay speeds up construction above station

Crossrail construction delays have enabled work to speed up on a mixed-use scheme above Bond Street Station.

Construction Enquirer

Thousands of HS2 newly planted trees died in drought

Thousands of trees planted along the High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) route will have to be replaced after saplings were not watered during last summer's drought, said HS2.

BBC News

Planning experts join Havering Quality Review Panel

Architects, urban designers and built environment experts have formed the Havering Quality Review Panel in an attempt to ensure that the highest possible quality of development is achieved in the borough.

Havering Council

Council partially successful in protecting open spaces

The London Borough of Bromley Council has been partially successful in its request to the High Court to extend an injunction to protect its open spaces.

London Borough of Bromley

Local plan proposes specific locations for student accommodation

A new way of managing the growth of student accommodation in the city is being considered as part of Bristol's draft local plan.

Bristol City Council

New planning consultancy launched

A new planning consultancy, Urbana Town Planning, has opened in Sheffield.

Insider Media