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England round-up: Green Growth Boards are key to levelling up and climate crisis, says RTPI; More than 1,500 homes approved in Guildford

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 20 November-26 November, 2021

RTPI: Green Growth Boards are key to levelling up and climate crisis

The RTPI advocates Green Growth Boards (GGBs) as vital to enable cross-boundary working to address both the ambition to level up across all regions of England and the climate crisis.

The Planner

More than 1,500 homes approved in Guildford

A development comprising 1,550 homes has been approved for a brownfield site by the River Wey in Guildford.

The Planner

Guidance for decarbonising public sector published

The Cabinet Office has published a guide to decarbonising public sector buildings and creating a net-zero public estate.

The Planner

Permission for 39 homes granted on appeal quashed by High Court

The High Court has quashed a decision by a planning inspector to allow a developer to build 39 homes near Clitheroe owing to a misunderstanding of policy.

The Planner

Consultancy appointed to design zoo masterplan

Planning and landscape design consultancy LUC is designing the landscape masterplan for the grounds of Bristol Zoo Gardens.

The Planner

Work begins on Metrocentre solar panel project

Work has begun on a £2.8 million project to install more than 3,500 rooftop and solar carport panels at the Metrocentre, Gateshead, to ensure a more sustainable future.

Insider Media

Carbis Bay Hotel in Cornwall appeal over planning enforcement

A planning appeal launched over Cornwall Council’s decision to take enforcement action against the G7 hotel that built meeting rooms without permission is now live for comments.

The Planner

Thames Water fined after 30-hour waterfall of sewage discharge

Thames Water Utilities Limited has been fined £4 million for discharging an estimated half-a-million litres of raw sewage into the Seacourt and Hinksey streams in Oxford on 24 and 25 July 2016. The water company has also been ordered to pay the prosecution costs in the sum of £90,713.

UK Government

Freight train capacity doubles to Port of Liverpool

The government has announced that final works on the £8.3 million Bootle branch rail line upgrade have been completed, delivering a doubling of freight train capacity to and from the Port of Liverpool.

UK Government

‘Risky’ new plans to transform St Albans city centre for a post-pandemic world

Ambitious plans for a new theatre and piazza could completely transform St Albans City centre. The district council’s plans revolve around the redevelopment of buildings neighbouring the current Civic Centre, including the demolition of the two-storey car park and the Alban Arena.

The Herts Advertiser

Council backs masterplan for further expansion of Luton Airport

The flightpath has been cleared for the next phase of London Luton Airport's ongoing expansion. The operator’s updated masterplan has been adopted by Luton Borough Council.

The Herts Advertiser

Winning approach for Bus Station business hub 

Work to turn the once-derelict Bus Station in Whitehaven into a thriving business hub has been recognised at the RTPIS’s North West Awards for Excellence in Planning for Heritage and Culture and Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy.

UK Government

HS2 waiting on Shapps approval to award maligned rolling stock contract

HS2 Ltd is waiting on transport secretary Grant Shapps to approve its preferred bidder to supply trains for the High Speed 2 (HS2) network.

New Civil Engineer

Elizabeth line is finally in sight

After three years of turmoil the end is almost in sight for the Crossrail project, with trial operations beginning this week.

New Civil Engineer

UK will press governments to stick to climate pledges, says COP26 president

The UK will continue to press governments around the world to cut greenhouse gas emissions urgently in the next year to limit global heating to 1.5°C, after the UN climate talks that concluded last week, the president of the summit has pledged.

The Guardian

Government boosts regional air connectivity

The government has confirmed that it will provide up to £4.3 million to fund direct flights between London and Newquay, and London and Dundee, in a major boost for regional links across the country.

UK Government

Growth deal awards £50m to develop a new University of Cumbria campus

The Borderlands Partnership Board has agreed to invest £50 million to enable the development of a new city centre campus for the University of Cumbria with the regeneration of the historic Citadels site in the heart of Carlisle.

Cumbria County Council

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