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England round-up: Homes at Cambridgeshire new town approved; Built environment organisations outline concerns about government’s PDR proposals

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 30 January-5 February, 2021

Homes at Cambridgeshire new town approved

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee has granted outline planning permission for a 4,500-home development at Waterbeach New Town East.

The Planner

Approach to economics must change to reverse biodiversity loss, warns review

An independent review into the economics of biodiversity has concluded that there needs to be a fundamental change in the approach to economics if biodiversity loss is to be reversed and prosperity enhanced.

The Planner

Built environment organisations outline concerns about government’s PDR proposals

Government proposals that would allow a range of commercial buildings to be turned into residential units without going through the full planning process have raised concerns among organisations working in the built environment, including a loss of character, space standards and a decrease in business rates income.

The Planner

Planning advice launched for Londoners

Planning Aid for London (PAL) has launched an online planning library to help the public understand why and how their neighbourhood is changing.

The Planner

Devolution deal signed for West Yorkshire

Regional growth and local government minister Luke Hall has signed an order that brings into law a devolution deal for West Yorkshire.

The Planner

London council acquires site for Bakerloo extension

Southwark Council has announced that it has acquired the former Toys R Us site at 760 Old Kent Road as part of its plans to secure the Bakerloo Line extension.

The Planner

Nearly a 5% decline in contract award values in 2020

In 2020, the value of contract awards was £57 billion, which is 4.7 per less than the value awarded in 2019.

The Planner

Planning permission paves way for 300-home development

Permission has been granted for the redevelopment of a 19-acre Tyneside site that has been semi-derelict for more than a quarter of a century. The decision paves the way for the construction of hundreds of new homes.

Insider Media

Funding bid to transform Cornish towns submitted to government

Cornwall Council has submitted a £100 million funding request in response to the government’s Towns Deal Fund call for new and ambitious regeneration projects for Camborne, Penzance, St Ives and Truro.

Cornwall Council

Cash from developments given to community projects

More than £7.3 million was given to community projects by Cornwall Council from cash secured through building developments during the last financial year, a report confirms. 

Cornwall Council

Council seeks Community Land Trust to deliver affordable housing

Camden Council is seeking expressions of interest from community groups that are keen to lead on delivering a new affordable housing development at 31 Daleham Gardens, South Hampstead.

Camden Council

Town centre homes plan to be decided by council

Eighty-eight new houses could be built on land near Telford town centre, if plans are approved. Telford and Wrekin Council’s planning committee will discuss the bid next week.

Shropshire Star

Leamington Spa scheme turned down after objections

Plans for 200 homes in Leamington Spa have been rejected after more than 100 letters of objection were received.

Coventry Live

Jacobs awarded Lower Thames Crossing contract

Highways England has awarded Jacobs the £162.5 million Integration Partner contract which will see the company act as a catalyst for collaboration between Highways England and the Lower Thames Crossing’s three main works contracts responsible for delivering the project.

UK Government

Decision on village homes taken out of council’s hands after delays

A decision over whether to build 120 homes in Rushwick put forward almost 18 months ago has now been taken out of the council's hands following several delays.

Worcester News

HS2 chairman resigns amid Euston Square Gardens chaos

HS2 Ltd chairman Allan Cook has handed in his resignation, HS2 minister Andrew Stephenson has announced. He will leave the role at the end of July.

Birmingham Live

Tory MP says government has been ‘incompetent’ over cladding

The government “has been incompetent” in its handling of the cladding crisis in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, said a Conservative MP.

Chester Standard

Parliament passes Labour’s cladding motion

The House of Commons has voted to pass Labour’s cladding motion with 263 votes of support and 0 votes against. During a four-hour sitting, MPs spoke in support of protecting leaseholders from the high remediation bills, calling on building owners to take responsibility.

Facilitate Magazine

Cash for revamp of Sandwell’s Birchley Junction announced

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced that Sandwell’s Birchley junction is set to benefit from £24 million of improvements as part of the government’s commitment to levelling up transport infrastructure across the country.

West Midlands Combined Authority