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England round-up: Dismantling planning system will lead to failure of ‘build, build, build’ agenda; Regenerate the countryside to regenerate the economy, says CPRE

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 27 June-3 July, 2020

Dismantling planning system will lead to failure of ‘build, build, build’ agenda, warns RTPI CEO

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has written an open letter in response to government statements made this week in relation to the profession. Here’s the full text of her letter.

The Planner

Johnson outlines plans to change the use classes order

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out new regulations that will see buildings and land changing use without planning permission, with a policy paper due in July outlining how “England’s seven-decade-old planning system will be reformed for modern society”.

The Planner

Mixed views on the prime minister’s Covid-19 recovery plan

Professionals across the built environment sector have broadly welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plans to reform the planning system in a bid to help the country recover from Covid-19, but some have cautioned against further deregulation.

The Planner 

Planner Live Online: Health considerations must drive post-Covid planning, say experts

A comprehensive rethink of the principles that drive planning will be necessary if we are to create healthier neighbourhoods, towns and cities in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Planner

Planner Live Online: Local control over transport spending will accelerate a green recovery

Local authorities should not have to be competing for small pots of ring-fenced money within a fragmented transport funding landscape.

The Planner

Regenerate the countryside to regenerate the economy, says CPRE

A countryside charity has called on the government to ensure that everyone has access to green space, after the early period of total lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 highlighted the inequalities surrounding who has access to it.  

The Planner

Risk that social value is spread too thin in construction, finds report

The lack of a common definition of what constitutes social value means there is a high risk of it “becoming too diffuse and lacking focus”, according to a report published by the Institute of Economic Development (IED).

The Planner

Starmer calls for ‘new relationship’ between central and local government

Town halls should be given the powers to lead the response to coronavirus crisis and the rebuilding of the nation’s economy, Labour Party leader Keir Starmer told a virtual audience at the Local Government Association’s Annual Conference.

The Planner

Government to publish devolution white paper this year

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that a recovery and devolution white paper will be published later this year.

The Planner

Plans lodged for new West Oxfordshire garden village

Up to 2,200 homes, community amenities, green space and a 27-hectare business park are promised for a site to the north of Eynsham in West Oxfordshire.

The Planner

Plans to transform town move forward

Plans to redevelop Stapleford have taken a major step forward after the town’s executive board agreed on the focus areas for its application to the government’s Towns Fund.

Insider Media

West Midlands awarded cash for cycling and walking

Plans for pop-up cycle lanes, wider pavements and many other measures to encourage more cycling and walking across the West Midlands have been backed by the government.

West Midlands Combined Authority

York’s £2m local plan on a knife-edge

City of York Council has defended its draft local plan – after government inspectors raised concerns about the scheme and suggested the local authority goes back to the drawing board.

York Mix

£80m boost to cut emissions from homes and industry

Energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng has announced nearly £80 million of government investment to help cut carbon emissions from homes and energy-intensive businesses.

UK Government

Court of Appeal grants hearing on HS2 decision to proceed

The Court of Appeal has decided to hear Chris Packham’s appeal regarding an application for permission for judicial review of the prime minister’s decision to proceed with the HS2 railway project.

The Bucks Herald

UK could be breaking international law over cladding, says UN

The UN has warned Britain that its failure to strip combustible cladding from high-rise buildings from tens of thousands homes may be a breach of international law.


Garages to be transformed into affordable housing

Members of Walsall Council’s planning committee granted permission to build 10 two-bedroom homes in Margam Crescent and on land off Selby Way and Fountain Way.

Express & Star

Reading council rejects third retrospective application

A homeowner who built extensions without asking the council for permission has had a third attempt to avoid removing the whole construction rejected.

Reading Chronicle