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England round-up: Hayes introduces land compensation bill to Parliament; England-only post Brexit environmental watchdog flawed

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 23 February-1 March, 2019

Hayes introduces land compensation bill to Parliament

MP Helen Hayes has introduced a Ten Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons that aims to address hope value and ‘fix’ the definition of affordable housing.

The Planner

England-only post-Brexit environmental watchdog flawed

The RTPI has said the proposals for an England-only environmental watchdog for after the UK leaves the European Union are ‘deeply flawed’ and would not provide enough independent scrutiny of the government.

The Planner

Housebuilding rising but not meeting government targets, reveals survey

The results of a survey have found that 57 per cent of housebuilders increased the rate at which they built new homes in the last year.

The Planner

42% of Londoners not happy with public transport commute

A survey has found that 43 per cent of Londoners drive their own car to work at least three times a week, while 42 per cent are not satisfied with their commute on public transport. 

The Planner

New social rent deal announced

Housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced a long-term social housing rent deal to increase the quantity and improve the quality of social housing.

The Planner

Plans approved for Fenwick Building transformation 

Aimrok Holdings Ltd and rg+p have had their plans approved to restore and convert a former Fenwick building in Leicester city centre with a mixed-use development.

The Planner

Derelict site in York set for £200m transformation 

A £200 million Gross Development Value (GDV) scheme is set to transform a derelict nine-acre former gasworks site in York into a new neighbourhood of about 700 new homes.

The Planner

Residents ‘furious’ after developer breaches planning conditions

Ulverston residents are ‘furious’ after a development company breached a planning condition to gain entry to a site.

The Mail

Brokenshire ‘concerned’ over Persimmon’s Help to Buy scheme

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has raised concerns that Persimmon is not operating correctly within the Help-to-Buy scheme, according to reports.

City AM

Chippy wins fight over its roller shutters

A Keighley chippy has won a long fight to keep its security shutters after two previous attempts failed.

Keighley News

Crossrail bosses hope to give estimate for opening date ‘by April’

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said there is no date that Crossrail chief executive Mark Wild can give ‘with confidence’ for when the delayed railway will open, but that he hopes to give an estimate by the end of this financial quarter.

City AM

Couple forced to pull down their home after failing to get permission

A retired couple say their lives ‘have been ruined’ after being left homeless when their local council ‘forced them to demolish’ their own home over a planning row.


Coventry development could include extra 1,000 homes

A controversial development on former green belt land at Eastern Green, Coventry, could include almost an extra thousand homes than thought, the council has admitted.

Coventry Telegraph

Minister defends HS2

Transport minister Nusrat Ghani has insisted that HS2 is vital for improving connections around the country, and compared critics of the £56 billion project with those who had opposed the rise of canals in the 18th century.

Express & Star

Walkers to enjoy new public path in Lincolnshire

Natural England has opened the latest stretch of the England Coast Path with a new 16-mile route from Skegness to Mablethorpe.

Lincolnshire County Council

Plans for new development to deliver more council housing

The regeneration of a derelict patch of land in Nottinghamshire could be transformed into the site of a new and innovative council housing project later this year.

West Bridgford Wire

‘Piecemeal’ plan criticised as student accommodation is approved

Revised plans for a ‘statement building’ that would ‘help to kick-start Hereford’s university’ have been approved by councillors.

Hereford Times

Public helps shape Lakes local plan

The Lake District National Park Authority has heralded the success of its 2018 draft local plan consultation resulting in significant changes to the way the development of new houses, businesses and visitor attractions will be managed within the park.

Cumbria Crack

Almost half a million new keys exchanged with Help to Buy 

Quarterly statistics have shown that 494,108 completions have taken place using one or more Help to Buy schemes, with over 93 per cent taking place outside of London.

UK Government