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England round-up: Government not doing enough to mitigate impact of Heathrow expansion, says report; HS2 bill receives Royal Assent

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 18 February-24 February, 2017

Report: Government not doing enough to mitigate impact of Heathrow expansion

There has been little sign of a “step change” in the government’s approach to mitigating the environmental impacts of a third runway at Heathrow Airport, say MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee.

The Planner

HS2 bill receives Royal Assent

The High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) hybrid Bill has gained Royal Assent after more than three years of scrutiny by Parliament.

The Planner

The EIA Regulations are changing – what does this mean for you?

What do you need to know about the forthcoming revised EIA regulations and how the stages of the development planning project process are likely to be affected? That’s the topic of the latest webinar from The Planner.

The Planner

Council receives £100,000 over illegally converted house

Hillingdon Council has recovered £108,000 following the illegal conversion of a house into two flats in Uxbridge without planning permission.

The Planner

Housing starts rose in 2016

The number of homes that have started to be built rose by 5 per cent in 2016, according to government statistics.

The Planner

RTPI to research how to capture land values to fund infrastructure

The RTPI has announced plans to look at how other governments from around the world fund infrastructure through capturing the uplift in land value resulting from public investment.


RTPI’s Planning Horizons launched in Hungarian 

The RTPI’s forward-thinking, long-term policy series – Planning Horizons – was launched in the Hungarian language today (24 February) at a conference in Budapest.


HS2 could threaten school designed by Sir Christopher Wren

The new HS2 route, which clips the Hinckley borough boundary, has been given the thumbs-up from county councillors despite impacting on farms and a historically notable school.

Hinckley Times

London’s SME workspace is in jeopardy, says think tank

Well-considered workspace can both address the threat to London’s economy and deliver regeneration benefits, according to a report by London’s leading housing, regeneration and infrastructure network.

FM World

St Albans launches recruitment scheme with RTPI

St Albans City & District Council is working with the RTPI in a trailblazer group to develop apprenticeships of degree standard.

St Albans City & District Council

Plans for church conversion to go to Planning Inspectorate

Plans to convert a stone church have gone to the Planning Inspectorate after a developer appealed against a council's failure to determine the application.

Staffordshire Newsletter

Former Dudley community centre demolished for housing 

Dudley community centre has been reduced to rubble to make way for 30 starter homes and three for sale on the open market.

Dudley News

Council's planning committee criticises housing white paper

Worcester City Council's planning committee has challenged communities secretary Sajid Javid over the detail behind his “headline-grabbing initiatives” in the housing white paper.

Worcester News  

Guildford Local Plan to be submitted to planning inspector in December

A new local plan for Guildford will be submitted to the planning inspector in December, council papers have revealed.

Get Surrey

Parishes approve plan to have greater say in planning process

Two South Lakeland communities have voted in favour of a neighbourhood plan that will see them take a greater role in planning and development in their area.

Cumbria Crack

Social care reform is coming, Javid pledges as finance settlement confirmed

Local government secretary Sajid Javid said the government is preparing further reforms to the social care system as he confirmed a £240 million transfer from the New Homes Bonus to boost adult social care funding in the local government settlement.

Public Finance

£229m of industrial strategy investment in science announced

Business and energy secretary Greg Clark has announced £229 million worth of investment in the development of cutting-edge advanced materials and a new centre of excellence for the life and physical sciences.

UK Government

Sadiq Khan backs cycle schemes 

Sadiq Khan has given his backing to London’s “Mini Holland” cycle schemes in the face of demands from motorists to reopen residential roads to through traffic.

Evening Standard

‘Great opportunity’ to speed up Shropshire house building

A call for new development sites by Shropshire Council is a “great opportunity” to accelerate much-needed house building in the county, said a legal specialist.

Shropshire Star

UK waste and recycling infrastructure 'in limbo' amid fall in planning applications (subscription) 

Planning applications for 'green' waste and recycling sites fall for second year running, according to data compiled by law firm EMW.

Business Green