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England round-up: Government policies for the environment are ‘grandiose statements but lack teeth’; Apps launched to help homeowners extend their homes

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 26 June-2 July, 2021

Government policies for the environment are ‘grandiose statements but lack teeth’

Government policies and targets to improve the natural environment are “grandiose statements lacking teeth” and all too often government departments spend more on practices that exploit the natural environment than conserving it, according to the Environment Audit Committee.

The Planner

Apps launched to help homeowners extend their homes

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced the creation of two apps to digitise the planning system and help homeowners improve and extend their homes.

The Planner

Cultural and heritage organisations can apply to receive funding

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced that the final £300 million of the government’s £2 billion Culture Recovery Fund will open for applications shortly.

The Planner

Coal power to end earlier than planned, government announces

Energy and climate minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan has announced that Great Britain will not use coal to generate electricity from 1 October 2024 – one year earlier than originally planned.

The Planner

Alton site proposed for Hampshire local plan

East Hampshire District Council has updated its local plan to include a site near Alton for more than 1,000 homes.

The Planner

Plans submitted for phase two of Bolton development

Plans have been submitted to Bolton Council for 207 family homes as part of the next phase of the £262 million Rivington Chase redevelopment of the former Horwich Loco Works.

The Planner

£6m for London green spaces

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has committed another £6 million of funding towards improving green spaces in the capital.

The Planner

Residents' fears over the great Verulam estate land sell-off

A huge swathe of green spaces, roads, amenity areas and grass verges in the heart of St Albans is on the market for potential development.

Herts Advertiser

Permitted development rights needed to keep high streets alive, Pincher says

Housing minister Christopher Pincher has defended the government’s expansion of controversial permitted development rights (PDR), arguing that they will revive the country’s high streets, Inside Housing reports.

Inside Housing

Neighbourhood planning financial update (pdf)

England's chief planner Joanna Averley has written a letter about financial support for neighbourhood planning in 2021/22.

UK Government 

Government may help small housebuilders cope with materials shortages

Housing minister Christopher Pincher told MPs his department was keeping tabs on the materials shortage in order to decide what help smaller firms might need to break into the sector.

Housing Today

Leytonstone homes approved after seven-year planning saga

Plans to build two homes on a Leytonstone garage site were finally approved this week after seven years of failed applications.

Waltham Forest Echo

£3m government funding for zero-emission flight infrastructure

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has launched the first round of the £3 million Zero Emission Flight Infrastructure (ZEFI) competition.

UK Government

Second Eden Project shown to Rebecca Pow in Cornwall

A model of the Eden Project mark two was revealed during a ministerial visit to the original Cornish Biomes. 

Falmouth Packet

HS2 construction inspectors set up to avoid Crossrail-style delays and cost hikes

The Department for Transport has set up a “small team of construction inspectors” to ensure that work on High Speed 2 (HS2) is delivered on time and to budget.

New Civil Engineer

PINS accepts application for pioneering power station

The application for a development consent order for Keadby Three Low Carbon Gas Power Station has been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate.

Business Live

Jenrick won’t change housing targets

The housing secretary ruled out any changes to the formula for calculating council housing targets during a visit to Bournemouth.

Bournemouth Echo

Government announces £24m for Nottinghamshire road scheme

The Department for Transport has announced that Nottinghamshire will benefit from £24 million of government funding for junction upgrades along an 18-mile stretch of the A614 and A6097.

Department for Transport

Eden to consult on local plan

Eden District Council has said it will carry out a partial review of the Eden Local Plan, and wants residents, businesses and stakeholders to contribute their views.

Cumbria Crack

Residents in ‘isolated’ village back calls for rail line’s return

Residents and an MP for an “isolated” village on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border have backed plans to reopen a disused rail line.

Nottinghamshire Post

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