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England round-up: Dover AONB homes stopped by Supreme Court; Construction industry issues warning on access to EU workers post-Brexit

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 2 December-8 December, 2017

Dover AONB homes stopped by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the Court of Appeal against plans to build 521 homes in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The Planner

RTPI: Whitehall having powers to protect environment post-Brexit not enough

It isn’t enough for Whitehall to be repatriated with the powers to uphold existing planning and environment-related EU directives following Brexit, according to the RTPI.

The Planner

Hitting cycling targets could prevent pollution deaths

If England and Scotland met their respective targets to get more people to walk and cycle, at least 13,000 premature deaths from air pollution could be averted over 10 years, says charity Sustrans.

The Planner

Construction industry issues warning on access to EU workers post-Brexit

The construction sector has warned the government of the dangers of the industry facing a ‘cliff edge’ regarding access to workers from the European Union (EU) following Brexit.

The Planner

One in five workers for housebuilders from abroad

Nearly one in five workers for housebuilders is from abroad, highlighting the industry’s heavy reliance on foreign labour in the light of Brexit.

The Planner

Crystal Palace reveals plans to redevelop stadium

Crystal Palace Football Club has unveiled plans to redevelop its home ground, Selhurst Park, to increase its capacity to 34,000.

The Planner

Khan sets out new plans for London’s toxic air

London mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled the next phase of plans to tackle the capital’s toxic air and cut emissions.

The Planner

Liverpool mayor warns of industrial strategy’s ‘hard-wired’ bias

The government’s industrial strategy could be doomed to failure if the ‘hard-wired’ bias towards the South East is not tackled, according to Liverpool City Region’s metro mayor.

The Planner

New online tool judges sustainability of proposals

A ‘scorecard’ enabling planners to assess the sustainability of proposed developments has been launched by the Sustainable Development Commission and Iceni Projects.

The Planner

Online CPD modules on smart cities and digital economy launched

The RTPI has launched two new free online learning tools to help planners better understand the convergence of spatial data and technology in improving planning practice, as well as the role of planning in developing the technology sector.


UK City of Culture 2021: Coventry wins

Coventry has been chosen to be the UK's City of Culture for 2021, with plans ‘about changing the reputation of a city’.

BBC News

HS2 chief plays down fears of impact on Shropshire village

Mark Thurston, HS2 Ltd chief executive, has written to North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson playing down fears of the impact construction traffic for the high-speed rail one would have on Woore.

Shropshire Star

Plans unveiled for new harbourside apartments

Plans have been revealed for a new apartment building fronting Plymouth's historic harbour.

Insider Media

Bungalow plan turned down

Cornwall Council has refused planning permission for the construction of up to 30 age-restricted bungalows in Launceston for people aged 55 and over.

Cornwall & Devon Post

Green light for new Kent motorway junction 

Transport Chris Grayling has granted development consent for a £104 million project to create a new motorway junction on the M20 in Kent.

UK Government

Masterplan for huge Nuneaton development revealed

Warwickshire County Council is seeking planning permission for land at Top Farm, off Higham Lane in Nuneaton, including more than 1,000 homes and a health centre.

Coventry Telegraph

Towns and cities bid for £15m Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund 

Eleven towns and cities from across Northern England have bid for a share of a new £15 million fund that aims to help build a lasting regional legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North. 

UK Government

Details of rough sleeping panel released

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has set out details of a new Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel that aims to help develop a national strategy to end rough sleeping.

UK Government

£60 million refurbishment of Meadowhall completed

British Land, joint owner of Meadowhall, has announced the completion of the £60 million refurbishment of the centre, marking the end of a two-year programme.

British Land

‘National scandal’ of 128,000 children waking up homeless on Christmas Day

Housing charity Shelter says 128,000 children in the UK will wake up homeless on Christmas Day.

ITV News

Plymouth Argyle’s redevelopment plans recommended for approval 

Plymouth Argyle Football Club’s hopes for a new grandstand have taken a huge step forward after the city council planning committee recommended it for approval.

Devon Live

End of wind turbine ‘blight’ after Lake District campaign (subscription)

A dozen 140ft wind turbines on the edge of the Lake District are due to be dismantled next summer after a decision which could result in many more being removed to restore views.

The Times