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England round-up: Housing and Planning Bill updates; Ealing demolishes unauthorised care home

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 23 April-29 April, 2016

Housing and Planning Bill: Lords pass third reading amid more amendments

The House of Lords has voted in favour of an increase to the pay-to-stay threshold in line with inflation, and an amendment regarding the sale of social homes.

The Planner

Housing and Planning Bill: Fee flexibility pilot schemes ruled out

Government dismisses RTPI-backed amendment introducing pilot schemes to test fee flexibility and ‘invest more in the planning process’.

The Planner

Housing and Planning Bill: Lords inflict further defeats on the government

Affordable rural housing, sustainable drainage systems and carbon compliance proposals in the Housing and Planning Bill were all subject to amendments during its final report stage in the House of Lords.

The Planner

Ealing demolishes unauthorised care home

A large unauthorised building constructed at the rear of a proposed care home has been demolished by the London Borough of Ealing after enforcement action.

The Planner

RTPI publishes ethics guidance

The RTPI has for the first time published guidance on professional ethics, which reiterates the need for planners to “act fearlessly and impartially in their professional judgement”.

The Planner

Charities call for action over homelessness in England

Significant numbers of homeless people have no right to adequate help in England even if they are sleeping rough, campaigners say.

BBC News

Plans go on show for £150m housing and research centre at Preston Barracks

Plans go on show today for a £150 million housing and research centre scheme at Preston Barracks, which is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs.

Brighton and Hove

Green light given for energy schemes in Hinckley and Bosworth

Hinckley and Bosworth is one of the best boroughs in the country for allowing green energy project planning bids.

Hinckley Times

Next London mayor needs ‘to drop the rhetoric and take decisive steps’

Property finance experts have called on the next mayor of London to put more pragmatic solutions forward as they attempt to tackle the capital’s housing crisis.

Development Finance Today

Flood-damaged West Yorkshire bridge dismantled

Work has started on dismantling and rebuilding a 19th Century West Yorkshire bridge which was damaged by flooding.

BBC News

Main route into Preston to undergo £2m revamp

A main route into the centre of Preston is to undergo a £2m renovation project.

BBC News

Planning Inspectorate hearing to determine green belt site future in Oxhey Lane, Carpenders Park

A decision on whether fourteen houses and a private sports centre will be built on green belt land will come after a Planning Inspectorate hearing.

Watford Observer

Town councillor submits two applications to regularise pub use for multiple occupancy

Pub landlord and town councillor Aigars Balsevics has put in two applications to planners to regularise the use of one of his pubs for multiple occupancy.

Wisbech Standard

Homes approved despite sewage concerns

Homes have been approved in a north Herefordshire village despite residents saying the sewage system cannot cope.

Hereford Times

Apartments for the over 60s approved

Land north of Whitestone Business Park will be developed into 80 'extra care' apartments for people over 60.

Hereford Times

Final stages of Reading Crossrail upgrade to start after Network Rail awards £90million contracts

Contracts worth £90million to deliver a "bigger, better and more reliable" rail service between Reading and Paddington have been awarded by Network Rail.

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