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England round-up: House building surge creates 100,000 jobs - report; Engaging communities in plan and place-making

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 16 January-22nd January, 2016

House building surge creates 100,000 jobs - report

Last year, more than 100,000 jobs were created in England owing to the increase in house building, according to a report.

The Planner

Phil Williams becomes RTPI president

Phil Williams has been inaugurated as president of the RTPI at a ceremony held in London.

The Planner

Debate: Engaging communities in plan and place-making

At a #planning4people summit held by the Town and Country Planning Association, speakers Helen Hayes MP, John Howell OBE MP, and Baroness Kate Parminter stressed the importance of engaging communities in plan and place-making.

The Planner

Waheed Nazir appointed acting strategic director for economy at Birmingham City Council

Waheed Nazir, Birmingham City Council’s director of planning and regeneration, has been appointed as acting strategic director for economy with immediate effect, for the next 12 months.

The Planner

RTPI responds to CIL consultation

The RTPI has highlighted the disparity in the adoption of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), with land values acting as the main determinant in its response to the government’s consultation on the charging system.

The Planner

Tories face fight with Lords over onshore windfarm subsidies

The government is expected to be forced into a renewed stand-off with the House of Lords over David Cameron’s reversal on green energy subsidies.

The Guardian 

Plea for more time to consider green belt building rejected as council votes on 25,000 housing plan

Concerns have been raised that housing plans, which will see huge swathes of green belt land lost to development, are being rushed through.

Coventry Telegraph

Guardian opinion: Cameron cannot ‘blitz’ poverty by bulldozing housing estates

Lynsey Hanley writes about Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge to transform 100 housing estates.

The Guardian

Guardian Opinion: Britain’s first garden town: housing crisis solution or ‘dog's breakfast’?

Patrick Barkham writes about the development of old market town Bicester.

The Planner

Local Plan: Inspector's recommendation for pre-consultation on sites dismissed

Despite the inspector's recommendation, Cheshire East Council has decided not to publish the final list of site allocations for the Local Plan prior to formal consultation.


First look at plans for initial stage of 1,050-home development by Gedling Country Park

The first stage of plans for more than 1,000 homes next to Gedling Country Park have been submitted, bringing the long-discussed proposals closer to reality.

Nottingham Post

Councils look to green belt to meet housing needs

A local authority in north-west England has removed nine sites from the green belt to help meet its need for housing.


Plans for up to 141 North Somerset homes approved

Outline planning permission has been granted for a residential development of up to 141 homes on a 12-acre site in North Somerset.

Insider Media

£5 million cash for councils to stop rogue landlords

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis announces cash boost for councils to tackle rogue landlords.

UK Government