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England round-up: Green paper to explore how to meet the costs of planning; May calls for design quality regulations to be mandatory

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 22 June-28 June, 2019

Green paper to explore how to meet the costs of planning

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has confirmed that an accelerated planning green paper will be published later this year. It will consider new approaches to meeting the cost of the planning service.

The Planner

May calls for design quality regulations to be mandatory

Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May has called for new design standards to ensure that homes are of a high-quality, more social housing, and for tenants to have more rights.

The Planner

‘Scant chance’ of government meeting its housing target

The government’s target to build 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s is “jeopardised” by “‘inherent problems” in the planning system, says the Public Accounts Committee.

The Planner

£2bn plan to upgrade Midlands rail network submitted to DfT

Midlands Connect has submitted plans for the region’s rail network to the Department for Transport (DfT). It outlines up to £2 billion of new and improved infrastructure to be completed between 2024 and 2033.

The Planner

Landlord to pay £60k fine for mistreating tenants

A Brent landlord has been found guilty of licensing breaches that made tenants’ lives a misery and been ordered to pay a £60,170 fine.

The Planner

EDC approves Ebbsfleet Garden City plans

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s (EDC) planning committee has approved masterplans and design codes for villages in Ashmere and Alkerden.

The Planner

Mayor approves affordable housing for Kensington

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved 62 homes for social rent and a hotel in Kensington.

The Planner

Chance for residents to give views on new homes for Medomsley Edge

The first proposals for the £25 million development at Corbridge Road, Medomsley Edge, have gone on show at a public consultation event.

UK Government 

Greater Manchester considers taking back control of bus network

Greater Manchester could become the first city region in the UK to take back control of its buses after a report recommended refranchising its vast and fragmented network.

The Guardian

Rushcliffe objects to new 420-place Edwalton school plans

Rushcliffe Borough Council has objected to the plans submitted to build a new 420-place primary school in Edwalton. The council objects to the detail in the plans, in particular, they suggest that any new facility should provide environmental considerations on water use and solar panels.

West Bridgford

Liverpool secures approval to build local authority housing

Liverpool has been given the green light to construct a new generation of local authority homes for the 21st century. The council can build properties after the government confirmed that it would not need to repay the housing debt of £735 million that was written off when the authority transferred the last of its stock to housing associations in the late 2000s.

Insider Media

£160m renewable energy site enters operation

A £160 million renewable energy site has entered commercial operation. The Margam Green Energy Plant, three miles south-east of Port Talbot, will provide energy for up to 75,000 homes. It is owned by Glennmont Partners.

Insider Media

Plan submitted to convert office space above Wilko in Altrincham

A plan has been submitted to turn office space above Wilko store in Altrincham town centre into 12 flats. Lunar, which owns the Stamford Quarter development that Wilko forms part of, has submitted an application to change the use of the building from office to residential.

Altrincham Today

District Level Licensing in Kent supports sustainable development

Chair of Natural England, Tony Juniper, has visited Kent’s District Level Licensing scheme, which brings together wildlife conservation with crucial development.

UK Government

PM launches new drive to tackle barriers faced by disabled people

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced higher accessibility standards for new housing, an overhaul of statutory sick pay, and greater workplace support as part of renewed efforts to ensure that disabled people can fully participate in society.

UK Government

£778m investment to deliver Commonwealth Games

Birmingham and the West Midlands region will benefit from a £778 million investment to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the government has confirmed.

Birmingham City Council

Developers told to abide by rules

Harborough District Council has contacted all development sites in the Harborough district urging that they adhere to all conditions set out as part of planning permissions – such as permitted working hours.

Harborough District Council

Hounslow publishes housing consultation

Hounslow Council has published a consultation on its draft housing strategy 2019/24. It closes on 1 August.

Hounslow Council

HS2 managing director to step down

HS2 phase one managing director Jim Crawford is to leave the rail project after five years.

Construction Enquirer

East of England presses government on A47 dualling

West Norfolk and the need for major road improvements in the area were prominent in the demands of those who travelled to Westminster this week to demand dualling of the A47. Representatives from across the East of England came together to make it a priority.

Lynn News