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30/04/2021

England round-up: High Court spurns bid to continue virtual planning meetings; Permission sought for student scheme in Nottingham

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 24 April-30 April, 2021

New model for delivering local plan policies wins RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup

Preston City Council has won the RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup for its City Living Strategy, a new model for delivering the visions and policies set out in the adopted local plan, in particular on housing delivery.

The Planner

High Court spurns bid to continue virtual planning meetings 

A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge that sought to continue local authority remote meetings beyond 6 May.

The Planner

Permission sought for student scheme in Nottingham

Proposals for a 692-unit, purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme on the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office in the centre of Nottingham have been submitted to the city council.

The Planner

Survey: Low hopes across Britain for levelling-up agenda

A survey has suggested that just 11 per cent of people in Britain expect more investment in local facilities following the coronavirus.

The Planner

Distribution warehouse in Wakefield to go ahead

Wakefield Council has approved an application for a new 2,000,000-square-foot distribution warehouse at Wakefield Hub, a 200-acre industrial and logistics scheme adjacent to junction 30 of the M62 in Yorkshire.

The Planner

Contract awards remained stable in March

Contract awards values increased by 22 per cent to £5.8 billion in March 2021, compared with February.

The Planner

Council appoints contractor for link road

Cumbria County Council has appointed Morgan Sindall Infrastructure to undertake the detailed design of the Carlisle Southern Link Road that will connect Junction 42 of the M6 with the A595 at Newby West.

Cumbria County Council

Head of UK’s Infrastructure Bank announced

The former boss of British Land – Chris Grigg – has become the first head of Britain’s national Infrastructure Bank set to be headquartered in Leeds.

UKREiiF

Design changes to Sizewell C accepted

The Planning Inspectorate has approved the 15 design changes to the Sizewell C nuclear power station submitted by its developer EDF.

New Civil Engineer

Next phase of HS2 will create ‘considerable opportunities’ for small practices

Emerging practices will have more chances to win work on HS2’s second phase, its design director has promised.

Building Design

Council launches consultation on housing documents

Cheshire East Council is inviting comments on two housing documents that would provide more guidance for developers and property owners and support the authority in deciding planning applications.

Alderleyedge.com

Man ordered to remove one storey of eco-home renovation

A St Leonards man has been ordered to remove a complete storey of a property he is renovating into the borough’s first zero-carbon house.

Hastings & St Leonard Observer

National policy statements to be reviewed

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has initiated a review of the current six National Policy Statements (NPS) for energy infrastructure aiming to make any amendments by the end of 2021.

UK Government

Campaigner fails in bid to get council to put out Amex’s lights

A campaigner’s bid to get Brighton and Hove City Council to persuade the Amex Stadium to turn off its grass-growing lights has failed.

Brighton & Hove News 

Former student accommodation site brought to market

A former student accommodation site at the University of Hull earmarked for new housing has been brought to market.

Insider Media

Developers ‘letting the people of Grantham down’

Grantham councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, has said developers have not kept promises to provide infrastructure such as play areas, footpaths and cycleways.

Grantham Journal

Cambridgeshire village feels ‘let down’ by A14 upgrade

People living close to part of the newly upgraded A14 near Cambridge want Highways England to fulfil promises on reducing noise levels.

ITV News

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