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England round-up: Government revises calculation for housing need; More than 400 places added to the heritage list

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in Englnad: 12 December-18 December, 2020

Government revises calculation for housing need

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that the proposed housing formula for England has been updated to focus on urban areas as the government seeks to ‘level-up’ the country and deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.

The Planner

Supreme Court: Heathrow’s third runway can go ahead

The Supreme Court has overturned a Court of Appeal ruling that the Airports National Policy Statement was unlawful, meaning that a development consent order can now be sought for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

The Planner

Government aims to cut emissions by 230 million metric tonnes

The government has outlined plans to transform the UK’s energy system from one based on fossil fuels to one that is fit for a zero-carbon economy.

The Planner

Improving rail links in Midland and North a ‘priority’

The National Infrastructure Commission has said improving rail links between cities in the North and Midlands should be the top priority in a new approach that seeks to end stop-start investments in order to level up the UK.

The Planner

More than 400 places added to the heritage list

Historic England has announced that 423 historic places have been added to the National Heritage List during 2020.

The Planner

Brownfield institute gains the go-ahead

Planning permission for the £17.5 million National Brownfield Institute has been granted by the City of Wolverhampton Council.

The Planner

Nominate your Women of Influence for 2021

Who are the women who have shaped the planning profession's responses to the challenges presented by 2020? Whatever their impact on planning, we want you to nominate the women you feel deserve recognition for their influence. Please tell us who they are and what they’ve done in the past 12 months that merits recognition.

The Planner

Government announces membership of new task force

Details of the task force of experts who have offered their time and expert advice on how best to support cities has been announced by the government.

UK Government

Salford council homes approved

The largest scheme of housing developments for 50 years in Salford has been given the green light.

Salford City Council

Nuneaton submits funding application to government

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council has submitted a bid to secure millions of pounds worth of funding from the government's Towns Fund Initiative.

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

Sheffield’s £25m bid for Stocksbridge town regeneration

A £25 million investment plan has been put forward by Sheffield City Council and The Stocksbridge Towns Fund Board for the regeneration of Stocksbridge town in a bid to benefit from the government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund.

Sheff News

Investment plan submitted to boost town centre regeneration

Oldham Town Deal Board has submitted plans to secure £41 million funding as part of the government’s Towns Fund.

Oldham Council

Views sought on roundabout linking A1079 to The Balk 

The Planning Inspectorate has asked for residents’ views about a proposed new roundabout linked to a major planned development in Pocklington.

Pocklington Post

Enforcement cases left unanswered during pandemic

Planning enforcement actions are now taking months to process in Dorset – partly due to the effects of the pandemic.

Dorset Echo