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England round-up: Homes delivered through PDR will have to meet space standards; Districts report sharp fall in planning applications

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 26 September-2 October, 2020

Jenrick: Homes delivered through PDR will have to meet space standard

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that all new homes in England delivered through permitted development rights (PDR) will have to subscribe to a nationally described space standard.

The Planner

Districts report sharp fall in planning applications

The number of planning applications to district councils in England fell dramatically in the second quarter of this year, according to latest government figures.

The Planner

Khan issues stark warning on Transport for London funding

The UK’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic will stall transport services, see infrastructure collapse and lead to stifled economic growth without appropriate government funding for Transport for London, says London's mayor.

The Planner

Shapps approves Norfolk NSIP

A Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) application for the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing scheme has been approved by transport secretary Grant Shapps.

The Planner

Application for memorial to Manchester Arena victims submitted

The planning application for the memorial to victims of the Manchester Arena bombing has been formally submitted.

The Planner

RTPI North East awards shortlist unveiled

Six projects are in the running to win this year’s RTPI North East’s Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

Work starts on 250-home Walsall development

Work has started to transform the site of a derelict Black Country steelworks into a housing estate. The £44 million Lockside scheme will see 252 homes built at the 16-acre site of the former Caparo Engineering works in Walsall.

Express & Star

Cornish development set to be approved

Outline plans for a development in Cornwall featuring up to 150 homes, a children's play area and public open space have been recommended for approval.

Insider Media

Council rejects government proposals for planning shake-up

Cotswold District Council has unanimously voted across all parties to reject government proposals to alter the planning system.

Punchl!ne - Gloucester

Council criticised over enforcement notice

A woman has criticised Dacorum Borough Council's conservation team after being served a planning enforcement notice after she replaced the windows on her home.

Hemel Today

Landlords hit with over £400,000 fines

Waltham Forest Council has brought two successful prosecutions against landlords who adapted their properties without seeking appropriate planning permissions – and then refused to revert them to their original structures.

Property Industry Eye

Backlash as HS2 fells ancient Staffordshire woodlands 'too early'

Clearance work for HS2 has been completed over the past week on ancient woodland, despite objections and concerns raised by the Woodland Trust.

BBC News

Sustainability charity to help Lincolnshire develop plans for net zero carbon  

Sustainability charity Bioregional has been appointed by the Central Lincolnshire joint strategic planning committee to help develop its response to the climate emergency by providing the region’s local authorities with an evidence base for creating a net zero carbon local plan.

Lincolnshire Today

Committee defends consultation for oil drilling planning application 

The Isle of Wight council has defended its consultation on the UKOG Arreton oil drilling application after critics claimed it was inadequate.

On the Wight

Lack of government strategy is real blockage to ‘levelling up’ regions, says new report 

A lack of national government strategy and an inability at local level to make strong arguments for public investment are the main impediments to closing economic inequalities between Britain’s nations and regions, rather than Treasury bias towards London, according to a new report.

On London