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England round-up: Homes England to go where the market won’t; Mineral sales down in Q3

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 27 October-2 November 2018

Budget 2018: Questions over high street measures

Questions have arisen about whether measures to improve the high street and help it adapt in the face of the growing online offer are enough. They are a start though, the industry has said.

The Planner

Homes England to go where the market won’t

A five-year strategic plan published by Homes England aims to unlock public and private land where the market will not in order to get more homes built where they are needed.

The Planner

Mineral sales down in Q3

Sales volumes of mineral products declined in the third quarter of 2018 across all markets monitored. The figures show that construction work is skewed towards housing.

The Planner

Government launches shale gas consultation 

The government has launched a consultation that asks whether local communities must be consulted on shale gas proposals in England before submitting a planning application. 

The Planner

Staffordshire councils delay joint plan consultation

Potential changes to the government's standard methodology for calculating housing need mean two Staffordshire councils have delayed consultation on their draft Joint Local Plan.

The Planner

Northampton urban extension green-lit

Outline plans for up to 3,000 new homes and two primary schools have been approved by Northampton Borough Council.

The Planner

Channel 4 chooses Leeds

Channel 4 has confirmed the Leeds City Region will be the home of its new national headquarters.

Leeds City Council

   Future development of London’s Square Mile mapped out  

The City of London Corporation’s planning and transportation committee has voted on the Square Mile’s local plan, which outlines proposals to deliver sustainable development in the city.

The City of London Corporation

Developer sought for Halton masterplan

Halton Borough Council is seeking informal Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from developers and/or interested parties on how they would work with the council on the implementation of the masterplan and delivery strategy for the Runcorn Station Quarter area.


Accountant must take down illegal Gloucestershire lad pad 

An accountant has been ordered to tear down a private leisure complex in his back garden after losing a High Court battle to save it.

Gloucestershire Live

Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Neighbourhood Plan adopted

Sedgemoor District Council has resolved to adopt Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge’s Neighbourhood Plan, which includes policies that set design standards for new or altered shop fronts.


Letchworth masterplan competition launched

The Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation has launched a competition looking for masterplanning concepts for the proposed residential development of a 45-hectare site to the north of Letchworth.

RIBA Competitions

Cabinet asked to endorse final version of Shrewsbury plan 

Shropshire Council’s cabinet will be asked to endorse the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan, which aims to help shape the future of Shrewsbury and benefit Shropshire more widely.

Shropshire Council

Progress made on Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy  

A progress statement published by business secretary Greg Clark and Greater Manchester's deputy mayor for the economy Richard Leese shows the work that has been done so far on identifying economic opportunities that the region can seize.

Insider Media

Budget promises not enough to unlock rail and housing in Oxford-Cambridge Arc

Philip Hammond’s Budget promises will not be enough to deliver the new transport links and homes needed in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc without intensive government efforts, warns the National Infrastructure Commission.

Rail Technology Magazine

Homes England confirms new wave of strategic partners 

Seven more strategic partnerships with housing associations across England have been confirmed by Homes England. They aim to deliver an additional 13,475 affordable homes by March 2022.

UK Government

Government issues response to the National Infrastructure Assessment

The government has written to the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission to set out how it will respond to the National Infrastructure Assessment.

UK Government

Memorandum of Understanding between BBA, IFE and LABC signed

The Local Authority Building Control signed a Memorandum of Understanding with both the British Board of Agrèment and the Institution of Fire Engineers at last week's Parliamentary Reception signifying a new era in co-operation between the three organisations.

Local Authority Building Control

Planning changes approved in Westminster

Westminster City Council’s cabinet has endorsed a major shake-up of planning in the city that aims to puts residents at the heart of the decision-making process.

City of Westminster