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England round-up: Government must do more to fulfil goal of 300k homes a year; Government picks 10 councils to test digital planning tools

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 29 May-4 June, 2021

Government must do more to fulfil goal of 300k homes a year

If the government is to achieve its target of building 300,000 homes a year in England, ‘urgent’ action is needed to increase the number of homes granted permission, research has suggested.

The Planner

Government picks 10 councils to test digital planning tools 

Housing minister Christopher Pincher has announced a £1.1 million fund to test the use of digital tools and data standards across 10 local areas. 

The Planner

Application to extend health and wellbeing site in Leicestershire submitted

Plans for a sustainable health, leisure and residential project at the site of a health and wellbeing centre in Market Harborough have been submitted to the council.

The Planner

Redbridge resolves to approve urban village

The site of a Tesco superstore and car park is to be demolished and redeveloped into an urban village after the London Borough of Redbridge resolved to grant planning permission.

The Planner

UK ranked bottom of G7 table for green recovery

The UK languishes at the bottom of the G7 nations’ ratings for green stimulus to the economy in response to the Covid-19 crisis, according to latest research.

The Planner

Towns allowed to bid for UK City of Culture title

Towns will be able to club together for the first time and compete to be UK City of Culture as the government unveiled the latest competition for the title in 2025.

The Planner

Ministry chooses Wolverhampton office for second HQ

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) will make two floors of Wolverhampton’s new i9 office building its second headquarters after construction is completed this summer.

The Planner

Community woodland to be created in Essex 

Highways England has announced a new woodland the size of 135 football pitches will be planted in partnership with Forestry England, alongside the route of the proposed Lower Thames Crossing.

UK Government

Refreshed plans show how ‘Ryder Cup golf course’ could look in Bolton

Peel L&P’s refreshed plans to transform a park estate into houses, a luxury hotel and championship golf course have been put out for public consultation.

Business Live

Town council adopts 15-year plan

Members of East Cowes Town Council have voted to adopt its ‘Town Plan 2021-2036’, which compiles the wishes and concerns of local residents from 4,886 pages of survey data into a series of strategic policies.

On the Wight

Homes plan on brownfield Coventry site

O’Flanagan Homes has put forward a proposal to build 23 three-bed homes on the site of the former site of Hey Machine Tools, on Lythalls Lane, Holbrooks.

Coventry Live

London councils under fire for plans to build homes on play areas

Councils in London are facing resistance over plans to build homes on children’s play spaces in inner-city estates. Residents oppose attempts to exploit ‘under-utilised’ space on inner-city estates.

The Guardian

London borough considering 5,700-home regeneration

Waltham Forest Council has commissioned architects to develop a blueprint for the redevelopment of 25 hectares of land in east London that could host up to 5,700 new homes.

Housing Today

Mayor declares a ‘retrofit revolution’

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has declared a ‘retrofit revolution’ in London, announcing a new package of measures that aims to make buildings more energy efficient and tackle the climate emergency.


Developer allowed to restart work after planning breach concerns

Persimmon Homes was given a Temporary Stop Notice by Sunderland City Council on 28 May but has now been told work can resume.

Chronicle Live

Council’s housing firm release first homes

Shropshire Council’s wholly owned housing firm, Cornovii Homes, has released the first homes from their new Shrewsbury-based development, The Frith.

Shropshire Live

Architects face enforcement threat over planning breaches

A pair of internationally renowned architects have been threatened with enforcement action by Camden Council over alleged planning breaches.

Ham & High

Backlash as council eyes up popular Wednesbury park for housing

Sandwell Council has written to residents outlining proposals to redevelop land off Goldicroft Road, in Wednesbury, resulting in a backlash from residents.

Express & Star

Duke of Northumberland accused of using ‘bully-boy tactics’ over plan to turn allotments into housing

One of the richest men in Britain has been accused of using “bully-boy tactics” to silence residents opposed to plans to develop local allotments in West London into houses.