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England round-up: Guidance issued to ensure developers pay for education facilities; Croydon couple to pay £100k POCA fine

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 6 April-12 April, 2019

Guidance issued to ensure developers pay for education facilities

The government has published guidance to help local authorities to secure funding from housing developers so they can provide for the school places required for new development.

The Planner

Croydon couple to pay £100k POCA fine

Croydon Crown Court has ordered a husband and wife to pay a total of £136,240 for renting out a property despite being served with a council enforcement notice requiring its demolition.

The Planner

Planners want more say on design

Planners welcome the government’s focus on improving housing design but 87 per cent want to have more input on it in their area, according to an RTPI survey.

The Planner

Isle of Man Government wins approval for Liverpool ferry terminal

Liverpool City Council has granted planning permission for the Isle of Man Government to build a ferry terminal. The £31.3 million terminal will be funded by the Manx government.

The Planner

Public Accounts Committee launches planning and housing inquiry

MPs are set to hold the government to account over its changes to the planning system and probe its target to build 300,000 homes a year.

The Planner

Scruton dismissed over ‘unacceptable comments’ on race

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has dismissed Professor Roger Scruton as chairman of the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission following ‘unacceptable comments’ he has made.

The Planner

Regulator cites Garden Bridge Trust’s waste of £50m in public funds 

The Garden Bridge Trust spent £50 million of public funds without producing demonstrable benefit and was ‘a failure for charity’ that risks undermining public trust, according to a damning investigation.

The Planner

Tall Trees row continues over use of site

Christchurch council planning officers have again ruled that permanent residential use of a caravan site in Hurn would be unlawful. The owners of the park will appeal the decision.

Bournemouth Echo

Council criticised for advertising land to developers

Shropshire Council has come under fire for advertising parts of the county to developers, despite consultation on the sites not being completed.

Shropshire Star

Objections raised to 100-home development near industrial estate

There are fears that plans to build more than 100 new homes in Crowland could wipe out a so-called ‘buffer zone’ in the town.

Spalding Today

Rejected vision to revive Shotley Pier set to be reviewed

Rejected plans for the revival of Shotley’s historic pier could be overturned as a planning inspector gets set to take a second look at the decision.

East Anglian Daily Times

Green infrastructure project launched in Greater Manchester

Eleven partner organisations in Greater Manchester have signed a £4 million EU contract for a project that looks to develop innovative ways of financing natural solutions that deliver resilience to the effects of climate change.

Environmental Journal

Leeds councillors to agree plan to transform transport

Senior councillors in Leeds will discuss an update on £20.7 million plans to transform transport and travel in and around the city centre at a meeting next week.

Leeds City Council

New head of housing says he will continue push for affordable homes

The new head of housing at Adur & Worthing Councils has pledged to keep working with developers to find more affordable homes in the area and to help tackle the growing problem of homelessness.

Adur & Worthing Councils

Two major demolition projects at Euston pave way for HS2 platforms

Two massive demolition jobs spanning over months have now been completed with contractors removing around 15,000 tonnes of material to make way for platforms at HS2’s Euston Station.

Infrastructure Intelligence

Vote set for major homes and employment schemes

Proposals for 6,000 new homes in north Birmingham and up to 10,000 new jobs are set to be discussed next week.

Insider Media

Planners wrap up Hornsea 3 exam 

The UK Planning Inspectorate has completed examination of Orsted’s application for an order granting development consent for the proposed Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm off the east coast of England.