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England round-up: Government to strengthen environmental protections in the NPPF; Homes England launches

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 6 January-12 January, 2018

Government to strengthen environmental protections in the NPPF

Prime Minister Theresa May has launched the government’s 25-year environment plan, which pledges to ‘maintain and strengthen’ environment protections laid out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The Planner

Nurses priced out of NHS homes

The New Economics Foundation says homes to be built on NHS land will have an average expected sale price that is 10 times the annual salary of a nurse.

The Planner

Homes England launches

Housing secretary Sajid Javid has launched national housing agency Homes England, the successor to the Homes and Communities Agency.

The Planner

Fracking firm’s licence extended in West Sussex

West Sussex County Council’s planning committee has approved Cuadrilla’s application to flow test and monitor an existing exploration well at the company’s site at Lower Stumble, Balcombe.

The Planner

Agent of change bill for music venues proceeds to second reading

The House of Commons has given its approval to the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill, which would require property developers to take account of pre-existing businesses, such as music venues, before moving forward with a project.

The Planner

Research facility completed at £200m power plant

A new learning, research and development facility has been competed as part of the £200 million Energy Works power plant in Hull.

Insider Media

Lidl accelerates UK expansion with Luton warehouse plan

Lidl UK, the British arm of the German discount supermarket, said on Monday it would create up to 1,000 jobs with a new distribution centre in Luton, south-east England, as it steps up expansion in the country. 


Proposals to transform Hampshire garage site rejected again 

Plans to transform a prime site in a Hampshire village have been rejected for the second time in four months.

Daily Echo

Plans submitted to make Dudley a ‘world leader’ in very light rail

Dudley Council, in partnership with the University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group, has submitted plans to open an innovation centre for the next generation of light rail systems, which it hopes will be at the heart of revolutionising the technology.

Global Rail News

Plans for Leeds warehouse approved

Keyland Developments Ltd, the property trading arm of Kelda Group and sister company to Yorkshire Water, has secured planning permission from Leeds City Council to bring forward a 265,000-square feet scheme.

SHD Logistics

Protests turn out in force over Backwell Lake plans

Hundreds of people formed a human chain around Backwell Lake to protest against plans for hundreds of new homes and a link road in the village.

Bristol Post

Mercedes F1 secures planning permission for factory extension 

The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team has received planning permission from South Northamptonshire Council for a factory extension to increase its investment in the sport.


Pizza giant angers neighbours over unauthorised premises

Domino’s Pizza created two separate planning storms this week having been uprooted from its long-time premises in the Woolmead, East Street in December.

Farnham Herald

Tesco confirm plans to build 450 homes on Brentwood animal sanctuary land

Tesco has formally told a Brentwood animal sanctuary that it wants to build up to 450 homes on its huge site, currently home to dozens of animals that have been rescued from across the county.

Essex Live

Government launches investigation into finances of Northamptonshire council

Sajid Javid has ordered a review into ‘allegations of failures in financial management and governance’ at Northamptonshire County Council, with the findings due back in the middle of March.

ITV News

Govia Thameslink franchise ‘not providing value for money’

Passengers on Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern services have suffered the worst rail disruption in the UK, according to a highly critical report.

BBC News

Government agrees automotive sector deal

Business and energy secretary Greg Clark has announced a sector deal with the automotive industry that includes joint investment in the design and development of connected and autonomous vehicles, the research and development of battery technology and accelerating the manufacture of ultra-low and zero-emission vehicles.

UK Government

Unauthorised lorry park closes

Following enforcement action by Dover District Council the use of land as an unauthorised lorry park in Coombe Valley Road, Dover, has ceased.

Dover District Council

Go Ape proposals return to planning committee

Proposals from treetop adventure park operator Go Ape for a new high ropes adventure course at a landmark site in Leeds are recommended for approval when they return to the council's planning committee on 18 January.

Insider Media

New principles ‘put people at the heart’ of road design

Highways England has launched a set of design principles that aim to inform future road schemes to ensure that its roads better serve the people who use them and the environments through which they pass.

UK Government

Wolverhampton's £55m Westside development given the green light

A £55 million scheme to transform Wolverhampton city centre, which will see a new cinema and restaurants built, has been approved.

Express and Star

Central Beds local plan voted through by council 

Central Bedfordshire Council has approved the final draft of a plan that will shape housing and employment across the area for the next 20 years.

The Comet

Hinckley Big Pit housing plans voted down

A contentious scheme to fill in and build homes on the site of Hinckley’s Big Pit have been refused again.

Hinckley Times