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England round-up: Hertsmere publishes building underground guidance; Bexley approves 1,500 homes for Thamesmead regeneration

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 22 October-28 October, 2016

Hertsmere publishes building underground guidance

Hertsmere Borough Council has published draft guidance on the building of basements in the area.

The Planner

Bexley approves 1,500 homes for Thamesmead regeneration

The London Borough of Bexley has granted planning permission for 1,500 homes in Thamesmead, which forms part of the Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead Housing Zone.

The Planner

Khan pushes for devolution deal ahead of Autumn Statement

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has met a cross-party group of London MPs as part of his push for a devolution deal for the capital in the Autumn Statement.

The Planner

Review of green belt ‘long overdue’

London needs to look at all options, including green belts releases, if it is to meet the demand for housing, agreed speakers at a London Irish Town Planners network seminar.

The Planner

Inspectorate helps to fund RTPI bursaries

The Planning Inspectorate has contributed £5,500 to two student bursary schemes the RTPI has set up to help tackle the shortage of planners.

The Planner

Mixed views from the industry as government backs Heathrow expansion

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says a new runway at Heathrow Airport will be ‘devastating’ for air quality across London while businesses have welcomed the government’s decision to support expansion at the airport.

The Planner

Lesson learnt at Habitat III

RTPI chief executive Trudi Elliott reflects on what she learnt from attending Habitat III.


Winner of RTPI George Pepler International Award announced

Isobel Bruun-Kiaer, climate change advisor for the Town and Country Planning Association, has been awarded the RTPI George Pepler International Award bursary grant of £2,000 towards a research trip in New Zealand.


Nations adopt global strategy on sustainable cities

Nearly 170 countries have unanimously adopted the New Urban Agenda, the United Nations’ 20-year strategy on sustainable urbanisation, at the closing of the Habitat III summit on cities.


Heathrow bid to duck ‘£40m’ Crossrail bill (subscription)

Heathrow is taking the rail watchdog to court after it blocked the airport’s attempt to impose an estimated £40 million annual charge on the new Crossrail service.

The Times

Uproar after local plan proposal to move Ickleford Primary school

A row has erupted over possible council plans to move a primary school as part of its proposed submission local plan options.

The Comet

Sadiq Khan to appoint London ‘night tsar’ in light of club closures 

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is poised to name a “night tsar” after a spate of closures of clubs and other late-night venues that has prompted alarm about the city’s future as a 24-hour city.

The Guardian

Amount of green belt has increased, analysis suggests

Local Government Chronicle analysis of government statistics suggests that amount of green belt land has increased marginally over the past 10 years with most councils protecting their area. 

Local Government Chronicle

Buildings can add ‘significant value to society’

Commercial property development could potentially add up to £20 billion of worth within the area it is located, says research by the British Council of Offices.

FM World

Uproar at ‘threat to green gap’

Proposals to strip a wooded area next to Haslemere’s Holy Cross Hospital of its protective landscape designation and potentially open it up for development have been strongly opposed by the town council.

Haslemere Herald

Plans for 350 homes unveiled

Architects representing a consortium of 15 landowners have exhibited plans for up to 350 new homes in the fields south of Badshot Lea.

Farnham Herald

Billionaire James Dyson faces action over pool construction

Vacuum cleaner tycoon Sir James Dyson is facing action from authorities after he built a lavish swimming pool at his country estate without planning permission. 

Yahoo Finance

Microbrewery in Dover approved 

Dover District Council has granted planning permission to a new microbrewery based near the town centre.

Kent Live

Historic Nottingham building to be transformed into student flats

A historic Nottingham city centre building is set to be turned into flats after a residential scheme was granted planning permission.

The Business Desk

Mum in ‘giant wendy house’ planning row

A mother has been told she needs planning permission for her daughter's wendy house – because it is so tall.

BBC News

New planning rules come into force to support South Worcestershire Development Plan

Two important planning documents have been adopted by the three councils behind the South Worcestershire Development Plan.

Worcester City Council