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England round-up: Housing and Planning Bill details; Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire publish devolution deal details

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 2 January-8 January, 2016

Housing and Planning Bill: MPs unhappy with ‘privatisation of planning’

During the third reading of the Housing and Planning Bill, a number of MPs expressed their concerns about an amendment that is “effectively about the privatisation of the planning service”.

The Planner

Housing and Planning Bill: Third reading round-up

Ensuring that housing of all tenures is supplied and starter homes are available for local people featured among the clauses and amendments debated during the third reading of the Housing and Planning Bill.

The Planner

Housing and Planning Bill: Planning applications to be decided by third-party proposal welcomed

The British Property Federation (BPF) has welcomed an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill that will allow planning applications to be processed by “alternative providers”.

The Planner

475,000 homes with approval yet to be built

New research shows there are a ‘record’ 475,647 homes in England which have been granted planning permissions, but have yet to be built.

The Planner

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire publish devolution deal details 

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire have sent a “strong message” to chancellor George Osborne that now is the time for a devolution deal as the two city councils publish the region’s draft deal.

The Planner

RTPI to streamline routes to Chartered membership

The RTPI has announced that it is streamlining the ways that professional planners can achieve Chartered membership.

The Planner

Reaction to plans turning historic buildings into student accommodation

Plans have been submitted to transform part of the old Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital site in Stoney Stanton Road - which has stood empty since 2006 - in a bid to create a new five-storey block.

Coventry Telegraph

Revealed: Swathes of green belt to be lost under new 25,000 homes plan

Coventry’s draft ‘local plan’ has been published by the council and reveals proposals for 25,000 homes by 2031.

Coventry Telegraph

CEO of National Infrastructure Commission appointed

The chancellor has appointed Phil Graham as CEO of the National Infrastructure Commission.

Invest in UK

Major offshore wind operator plans £6bn UK investment by 2020

Dong Energy, the biggest operator of offshore windfarms in Britain, has said it plans to spend a further £6 billion in the UK by 2020, convinced that the government is serious about supporting wind power.

The Guardian 

Crossrail 2 ‘threatens’ historic London buildings, say campaigners

Historic buildings which have been part of central London since the 19th century could be demolished to make way for Crossrail 2, according to heritage campaigners.

BBC News

Experts say housing bill signals end of the road for affordable housing

The government’s housing and planning bill has reached report stage, and was debated in the Commons on Tuesday amid protests, and concern from social housing professionals.

The Guardian

Housing bill will do nothing for many of those in need of a decent home, writes Richard Best

Richard Best shares his thoughts on the Housing and Planning Bill and the government's housing announcements this week.

The Guardian 

First glimpse of how £28.5m rescue plans for Lambton Estate will look

A £28.5 million rescue scheme to redevelop the former Lambton Lion Park has been approved – despite the site being part of the green belt.

Sunderland Echo

Shared ownership boost announced

The government has announced that it is relaxing the criteria for those who can apply for the shared ownership scheme from April.

UK Government 

Minister seeks to reassure landowners on new compulsory purchase powers for housing

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, welcomes the opportunity to meet with ministers to discuss compensation for landowners affected by compulsory purchase for housing development as a part of future nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs).

Farming UK

London’s leading global city status is at risk if underlying infrastructure is not fixed

A report from design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins has found that London is significantly underestimating the level of development required to keep up with the city’s growth over the coming decades.


Revealed: House builders sitting on 600,000 plots of land 

Britain’s biggest housebuilders possess enough land to create more than 600,000 new homes, an analysis by the Guardian has found, raising questions about whether they are doing enough to solve the housing crisis facing Britain.

The Guardian

New Commissioners Appointed to Historic England

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has appointed five new commissioners to Historic England. Nicholas Boys Smith and Paul Baker have been appointed for terms of three years, Neil Mendoza for four years and Rosemarie MacQueen and Charles O'Brien for terms of five years.

Historic England