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England round-up: Government scraps cap on local authority borrowing to help boost housebuilding; Local authorities should be able to raise planning fees to cover costs, says RTPI

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 29 September-5 October, 2018

Government scraps cap on local authority borrowing to help boost housebuilding

The prime minister has announced that the government is scrapping the cap on local authority borrowing to fund new housing development.

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Lifting of housing borrowing cap is warmly welcomed

A very welcome decision and a victory for both bold thinking and common sense are some of the responses to the government’s decision to scrap the cap on local councils borrowing against assets to build housing.

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Greater Manchester leaders order ministers to clarify housing need standard

Greater Manchester’s spatial framework faces fresh delays and further rewrites after latest government household projections disrupted the standard method for calculating housing need.

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RTPI: Local authorities should be able to raise planning fees to cover costs

Ahead of the Autumn Budget, the RTPI has reiterated to the chancellor that local authorities in England should be allowed to raise planning fees to cover the entire costs of the planning application function. 

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MHCLG stats show small year-on-year decrease in green belt

England green belt totalled 1,629,510 hectares as of March 2018, which accounts for 12.5 per cent of the land area of England, according to statistics published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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Construction yet to start on 2,700 hectares of London land

Land equivalent to the size of the borough of Lambeth has planning permission for development but construction has yet to start on it, says a think tank.

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Public Practice looking for new recruits

With 17 associates already six months into a one-year placement at local authorities, Public Practice has announced that it is looking for its next group of recruits.

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City Hall gives nod to plan for 3,000 East London homes 

London's deputy mayor for planning has approved a £1 billion development in the London Riverside Opportunity Area comprising 3,000 homes, 50 per cent of which have been designated as affordable. 

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RTPI elects new fellows

The RTPI has announced that three new fellows have been elected to the institute.


6ft fence built around Leicestershire park must be removed, inspector rules

A six-foot-high fence put up around a village green in Broughton Astley will have to be ripped down after a planning inspector ordered its removal.

Leicester Mercury

Shrewsbury councillors to study latest Copthorne Barracks housing plans

Developers behind an application to transform Shrewsbury’s former Copthorne Barracks into hundreds of homes will present plans to councillors next week.

Shropshire Star

Controversial plans to build six homes near Oswestry rejected

Controversial plans to build six homes near Oswestry have been rejected after planning officer Mark Perry said the detached homes ‘significantly exceed’ the council’s housing guideline.

Shropshire Star

Demand for tougher action to enforce planning breaches

Tougher action to enforce breaches of planning rules should be taken by Calderdale Council, the Liberal Democrat group has demanded.

Halifax Courier

Key players join up to boost cross-border skills

Key players in academia, government and industry have come together to drive forward plans to boost skills across North Wales and the north-west of England.


Reigate and Banstead to build starter homes

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has said it is investing £10 million to build 57 new homes to help first-time buyers get on the housing ladder.

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Chancellor unveils funding for East Midlands expansion plans

Chancellor Philip Hammond has unveiled funding to support a development body to oversee plans to expand East Midlands Airport and the new HS2 station.

Insider Media

Solar panels installed at Exeter university

Solar panel company SunGift Energy has installed a large-scale solar array of more than 500 solar panels for the University of Exeter, covering 8,600 square feet of roof space on the sports hall.

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