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England round-up: England falling behind Scotland in improving air quality, says RTPI; Bidding opens for garden community development support

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 11 August-17 August, 2018

RTPI: England falling behind Scotland in improving air quality

England lacks a coherent strategy to integrate land use planning with transport strategy, says the RTPI – adding that Scotland’s agenda for cleaner air and the role planning can play is much clearer.

The Planner

Bidding opens for garden community development support

Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced a new programme of garden communities, inviting garden town and village developers to bid for additional government support for projects.

The Planner

Voluntary Right to Buy pilot launches in the Midlands

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has launched the Midlands Voluntary Right to Buy pilot, which he said would provide housing association tenants with the first step to getting on the property ladder.

The Planner

North West tops Help to Buy completions

New statistics suggest that the highest proportion of property completions under the Help to Buy: ISA scheme was in the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber, and the West Midlands.

The Planner

Government pledges cash to support people to live independently 

The government has announced that thousands of extra homes designed for people with disabilities, mental health issues and older people who need extra support will be created over the next three years with an additional £76 million a year.

The Planner

High street job losses deliver £1.5bn blow to economy

About 25,000 jobs disappeared from the UK’s high streets in the first seven months of 2018, with a further 8,300 jobs under threat at suppliers.

The Planner

London may be losing its lustre as population growth dips

London’s desirability as a place to live and work is losing some of its shine, according to a think tank.

The Planner

Major consultations on regeneration and transport launched in Manchester

Two large-scale consultations have been launched in Greater Manchester setting out a gateway regeneration plan and the future of transport in the city centre.

The Planner

Class of 92 campus plan wins approval

A proposal backed by the ‘Class of 92’ Manchester United stars to transform the former Kellogg’s building in Stretford into a university campus has secured planning permission.

The Planner

Protestors seek judicial review of Stansted expansion plans

Campaigners have launched a legal challenge to plans for the expansion of Stansted Airport in Essex.

The Planner

Woodland campaigners lob objection at tennis star Konta’s home plan

Environmental campaigners are using latest national planning policy to find fault and call out a proposal by tennis star Johanna Konta to build in an ancient woodland that inspired the Winnie-the-Pooh adventures.

The Planner

Tributes paid to man who helped shape modern Leicester

Tributes have been paid to John Dean, who helped shape modern Leicester in a two-decade spell as the city’s chief planning officer.

Leicester Mercury

Consultation begins on Wealden local plan

Consultation has begun on Wealden’s proposed local plan, which covers development in the district to 2028. The documents can be viewed online, with hard copies available at a number of places, including Uckfield Library.


Application submitted for £25m Isle of Man ‘Quayside North’ complex 

More than 100 new jobs could be created with a major new development in the Isle of Man's capital, with the developers proposing to build an Omniplex cinema, Travelodge hotel, bars, apartments, restaurant and a bus interchange.

ITV News

Tunbridge Wells needs more than 600 homes every year to meet local plan targets

Almost 10,000 homes must be built in Tunbridge Wells within 15 years, with Kent Live reporting that the target could be increased once the government has scrutinised the borough’s calculation, meaning tough decisions will have to be made.

Kent Live

Another step forward in town’s bid for third crossing

The planning application for the Lake Lothing Third Crossing project has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.

The Lowestoft Journal

MPs and campaigners weigh in on Calderdale incinerator appeal

Both of Calderdale’s MPs and a campaign group have given their views ahead of a public inquiry into a company’s application to build an incinerator in the borough, backing the decision to reject it.

Halifax Courier

Fears ‘oldest building in Coalville’ could be demolished 

Central England Co-operative Ltd has made a proposal to build its new store on the site of the Red House in the centre of Coalville, Leicestershire, which campaigners say is the oldest building in the town.

Leicester Mercury

Tech firms win prize to help UK’s renters onto the housing ladder

Renters unable to get a mortgage because of their lack of a credit rating will be able to boost their chances through one of three new start-ups, the government has said.

UK Government

Plans for 55 village homes refused

Plans to build 55 homes in Aldingbourne, West Sussex, have been turned down because the application did not adhere to the new Arun District Local Plan.

Sprit FM

Former Carillion boss takes reins of UK's HS2 project

Former Carillion boss Mark Davies has been appointed as the managing director for the HS2 joint venture between Balfour Beatty and VINCI.

The London Economic

Scarborough exceeding new homes estimates

Scarborough Borough Council is exceeding its estimates for building new homes, according to the latest figures. 

Yorkshire Coast Radio

Planning Inspectorate accepts application to consider Manston airport site

A Development Consent Order application submitted by the firm hoping to bring aviation back to the Manston airport site has been accepted for the pre-examination stage by the Planning Inspectorate.

The Isle of Thanet News

Heatwave breaks records for Bristol solar energy

The hot weather in May and June has resulted in record-breaking power outputs for a Bristol solar park.

Insider Media