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09/02/2018

England round-up: Government urged to consider retirement homes for farmers; Lack of senior team members ‘undermines’ EDC effectiveness

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 3 February-9 February, 2018

Government urged to consider retirement homes for farmers

England’s planning policy on homes for farmers who are ready to retire needs to catch up with the rest of the devolved nations in the UK before any changes as a result of Brexit take effect, according to the CLA.

The Planner

Lack of senior team members ‘undermines’ EDC effectiveness

The Tailored Review of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC) suggests that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s ‘inability’ to recruit an experienced permanent chief executive ‘undermines its effectiveness and ability to fulfil its potential’.

The Planner

RTPI: Invest in infrastructure in coastal cities

The RTPI has said that infrastructure investment in the UK ports and coastal cities would help to mitigate Brexit’s impact on the economy.

The Planner

RTPI launches online ethics tool

The RTPI has launched a new bite-size online learning module on professional ethics to provide members with more clarity and support in this area.

The Planner

London Assembly calls for family homes boost

Conservatives on the London Assembly have requested that the draft London Housing Strategy and draft London Plan should be reviewed to include targets and provisions for new three and four-bedroom family-sized homes.

The Planner

Mayor to offer homes to Londoners first

The Mayor of London has announced that Londoners and wider UK buyers will be offered ‘first dibs’ on new homes in the capital.

The Planner

Property Guardian guidance needs improving, says GLA committee

The London Assembly Housing Committee has recommended that the government should review current legislation and guidance to make sure that Property Guardians can benefit from improvements to the private rented sector.

The Planner

TfL seeking partner for East London site

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced proposals to transform the Limmo Peninsula, East London, into a neighbourhood with 1,500 homes.

The Planner

NHS England invites healthy partner applications from developers

NHS England has called on housing developers and associations to submit applications to help improve the health of the nation through by joining a national network.

The Planner

Khan publishes guide to estate regeneration

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has proposed that mandatory balloting of residents living in estates where demolition is planned should take place if he is to provide funding for the development.

The Planner

Town Council calls for tougher controls on retrospective planning

Councillors in Tenby, who have raised issues over retrospective planning applications, want the Welsh Government to look at the matter again in their review of the planning process.

Tenby Observer

Cash support for lending to small businesses and workers affected by Carillion liquidation

A further package of support for the businesses and workers affected by Carillion’s liquidation from British Business Bank, has been welcomed by the business secretary.

UK Government

Redbridge local plan approved

Plans to build a minimum of 16,845 new homes in Redbridge by 2030 have been approved by a government inspector. 

Ilford Recorder

Popular eatery ‘unfairly’ operating without a licence

A takeaway food establishment in Bournemouth town centre has been operating ‘unfairly’ without a licence since opening.

Bournemouth Echo

‘Shock’ at Herts EfW planning call-in

Hertfordshire County Council has said it is ‘very disappointed’ at the government’s decision to call in Veolia’s application for an energy recovery facility in Hoddesdon.

Lets Recycle

Plans for huge East Midlands mixed-use site revealed

Plans to create new homes and employment space at a new development in Northamptonshire are to be submitted later this year by developers.

The Business Desk

HS2 gives homeowners three months to leave, but residents ‘want better deal’

The owners of 12 Birmingham homes set to be bulldozed for a new train repair yard are calling for a better deal from HS2.

Birmingham Live

Millions of pounds to be invested to provide new housing developments for Coventry

More than £12 million is to be spent on new transport infrastructure for the expansion of Eastern Green that will reshape Coventry.

Coventry Telegraph

Sajid Javid warning to Thanet Council

Housing minister Sajid Javid has said Thanet council will not get special treatment over its failure to publish its local plan and he may intervene to take control.

Kent Online

Plans for fracking investigations voted down by Derbyshire councillors

Planning committee members at Derbyshire County Council have voted against a plan by INEOS to investigate the possibility of drilling for shale gas at Marsh Lane.

The Business Desk

Oswestry energy park given green light

More than 2,500 solar panels are to be installed near an historic Oswestry monument after an application was given the green light by planners.

Shropshire Star

Only a fifth of the affordable homes needed in London built last year

Fewer than 7,000 affordable homes were completed across the capital in the past year, with more than a third of boroughs offering under 100 new homes for struggling Londoners who cannot afford to buy or even rent.

Evening Standard

Parliament approves real terms increase in funding for local authorities 

Parliament has approved the funding settlement for English local authorities that will see a real terms increase in available resources over the next two years and give them access to over £200 billion from 2015 to 2020.

UK Government

Fracking firm Third Energy hands in late accounts

Gas firm Third Energy has submitted its 2016 accounts following concerns raised by the secretary of state. 

Gazette & Herald

Sidmouth cliff homes losing ‘a metre a year’ to sea

Cliff-top houses are losing a metre of their garden every year to erosion by the sea, a resident has said.

BBC News

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