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England round-up: First Old Oak housing development approved; Backlog of planning complaints in Bradford district is halved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 30 July - 5 August, 2016

Residential starts down on last year - Glenigan

Figures show construction starts in the three months to July are up across the UK compared with the same period a year ago. Residential starts, however, are down.

The Planner

Home ownership falls across English cities

Cities in the north of England have seen the largest fall in home ownership, according to new research.

The Planner

First Old Oak housing development approved

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved plans for the first major housing development at Old Oak and Park Royal in the west of the city.

The Planner 

Proportion of appeals meeting deadline increases

The Planning Inspectorate’s 2015/16 annual report and accounts suggest the proportion of appeals meeting the planning guarantee has increased from almost 85 per cent to over 93 per cent.

The Planner

RTPI announces research awards finalists

Twenty planning research projects from 13 RTPI accredited schools in the UK and internationally have been shortlisted for the 2016 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence.

The Planner

President pleased with planners’ focus on housing delivery during Yorkshire visit

RTPI President Phil Williams’ visit to Yorkshire bought together RTPI members, planners and a wide range of stakeholders involved in housing delivery to explore the impact of the Housing and Planning Act and devolution in a post-Brexit world.


Sharp rise in new housing approvals in London

More than two-thirds of planning applications for the construction of new homes in London were approved during the second quarter of the year, new figures reveal.

Property Investor Today

Khan plans 35% affordable housing policy

Sadiq Khan is planning to require London house builders to ensure 35% of homes in all schemes are affordable.

Inside Housing (subscription)

Bonnar Allen’s 1,000-home Drake Park 'garden village' plans revived for Walton

Plans for a 1,000-home ‘garden village’ in Walton have been revived after developers submitted new proposals, despite planning officers telling them their project would harm the green belt.

Your Local Guardian 

Chalgrove proposals for 3,500 homes 'will destroy village life'

Angry residents in a South Oxfordshire village say they feel "betrayed" by plans to allow 3,500 homes to be built there.

Bicester Advertiser

Backlog of planning complaints in Bradford district is halved

Bradford Council’s planning enforcement services said its hands are often tied with legislative tape when it comes to dealing with illegal development.

The Telegraph and Argus

Planning expert praises Stroud District Council’s development schemes

‘Impressed and surprised’ was the reaction of RTPI president Phil Williams after spending a day in Stroud.

Stroud News and Journal 

Slough Council to challenge all its neighbours on accommodating town’s expansion

Slough Borough Council has outlined its intention to mount challenges against all the local plans being progressed by neighbouring authorities in a bid to force them to observe their legally required duty to cooperate and accommodate Slough’s unmet housing need.

Colnbrook Views

Artists told to knock down ‘beach house installation’ built on roof without planning permission

Hackney Council has ordered an arts organisation to knock down a “beach house” constructed on its roof last year without planning permission.

Hackney Gazette 

Plan unveiled to construct homes on allotment plots

A bid to build a Wigan housing development on land used as allotments is being considered by town hall planning officers.

Wigan Today 

Crawberry Hill 'fracking' drill site licence surrendered

A drilling site at the centre of anti-fracking protests has been dismantled and returned to agricultural land.

BBC News 

Sir Joseph Banks conservatory to house crocodiles at Woodside

A glasshouse built in honour of British explorer Sir Joseph Banks has been saved from demolition - and will become home to crocodiles and red pandas.

BBC News 

Doncaster Mayor demands new HS2 route through borough is scrapped

Doncaster’s directly elected mayor is demanding that controversial plans to build the HS2 line through the borough are scrapped.

Doncaster Free Press 

HS2 plans unacceptable to Rotherham, says council leader

Council leader Chris Read has called on the transport secretary to rethink HS2’s “ill considered” plans in South Yorkshire.

Rotherham Advertiser 

Local plan set to deliver more new homes

Plans for a further 900 new homes across the Dover district stepped up a gear in July with approvals for the next phase of development at Aylesham Garden Village (277 new homes); a new development at Albert Road, Deal (142 new homes); and the start of demolition of buildings at the former Connaught Barracks for up to 500 new homes, 64 of which have been given outline permission on the former Officers’ Mess.

Dover District Council