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England round-up: Homes in Walthamstow green-lit; Government agency acquires land in Coventry

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 1 December-7 December, 2018

Homes in Walthamstow green-lit

Waltham Forest Council has approved plans for 350 new homes near Blackhorse Road station. The development also features 17,000 square feet of retail, commercial and co-working spaces.

The Planner

Developer to get funding allocated in Budget 2018

St. Modwen plc can begin drawing down the funds from its £75 million funding allocated to the firm from the Home Building Fund in Budget 2018.

The Planner

Government agency acquires land in Coventry

Homes England is working with Coventry City Council’s planning officers on residential proposals for a former pumping station site on London Road.

The Planner

£1.5m fine for planning breaches in North London

Harrow Crown Court has ordered a rogue landlord to pay £1.5 million or spend nine years in prison after he was found guilty of breaching planning rules for five years in two London boroughs.

The Planner

Prison reformers cast doubt on big prisons plans after damning inspection

Penal reformers have called into question government plans to build two large jails after a highly damning report into conditions at Birmingham Prison.

The Planner

Landscaping scheme to protect North Norfolk gas terminal approved

A £22 million scheme involving ‘sandscaping’ to protect a gas terminal from coastal erosion has won approval from North Norfolk District Council.

The Planner

Manchester proposes cycling route peddled by Olympic champion

A cycling route influenced by Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman has been unveiled to link Manchester city centre with Chorlton.

The Planner

Greater Manchester outlines timetable for framework consultation

A special meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will convene in January to consider consultation on the city region’s revised draft spatial framework.

The Planner

George Pepler international award open for entries

The George Pepler international award, organised by the RTPI, is a bursary granted biennially to a person in their first ten years of post-qualification experience wishing to undertake a short period of study on a particular aspect of spatial planning. Entries are now open.


EG Group wins planning consent at North Lincolnshire site

Euro Garages’ parent company EG Group has been granted planning permission for a new service station at Barton-upon-Humber, in North Lincolnshire. 

Forecourt Trader

Two applications approved in Gloucestershire

Gloucester City Council has approved the redevelopment of the King's Walk shopping centre and plans for a prison to be turned into 200 homes. 

Gloucestershire Live

Liberal Dems call on government to review Stansted Airport expansion 

The Liberal Democrats in Uttlesford have called upon the government to review the decision by Uttlesford District Council to grant permission for the expansion of Stansted Airport.

Hertfordshire Mercury

High Court: Inspector entitled to approve revision to planning condition

A planning inspector did not exceed her authority when she granted permission to a wind turbine developer to build larger turbines than those provided for in the original planning permission, the High Court has ruled.


Two Redhill developments approved despite parking concerns

More than 100 flats are set to be built to the south of Redhill town centre after plans for five blocks were approved, despite concerns they both have inadequate parking and fail to provide sufficient affordable homes.

Surrey Live

McDonald's wants to build new drive-thru road at Earlswood restaurant

A lobby group has objected to plans by McDonald’s to tarmac over common land in order to build a new road to its drive-thru at its Earlswood restaurant.

Surrey Live

Sadiq Khan was warned of Crossrail delay in July, former chief insists 

Sadiq Khan's claim to have been kept in the dark about the need to postpone the opening of Crossrail was today thrown into doubt by the scheme’s former chairman.

Evening Standard

Crossrail and HS2 chairman steps down 

The Transport Secretary and Mayor of London have accepted the resignation of Sir Terry Morgan as chairman of Crossrail Ltd. The Transport Secretary has also accepted his resignation as chairman of HS2 Ltd.

UK Government

Councils appeal for cash injection to avoid ‘catastrophic collapse’ 

Council leaders from some of Britain’s biggest cities are demanding an emergency cash injection to stop a ‘catastrophic collapse’ of authorities that have faced the biggest cuts to their support.

The Guardian

Brexit debate delays English councils' funding announcement

The government has postponed announcing next year's plans for funding English councils because of the marathon Brexit debate currently going in the Commons.

BBC News

Lewisham council to build 'prefab villages' for homeless families

A London council is to build a string of ‘prefab villages’ in an attempt to cut its housing waiting list.

Homes and Property

Security deposit cap reduced to save renters cash

Private renters will benefit from new measures reducing the amount tenants have to pay up front to secure a home from six weeks’ rent, the government has announced. 

UK Government

Council agrees in principle to commit £18.85m for Northern Gateway

Oxford City Council has resolved in principle to use funds from Homes England and Community Infrastructure Levy receipts from the development of Oxford North to support infrastructure works at the Northern Gateway site.

Oxford City Council

New homes 'crumbling due to weak mortar'

Hundreds of new properties have been built using weak mortar that does not meet recommended industry standards, the Victoria Derbyshire show has found.

BBC News