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England round-up: Improvements being delivered at Planning Portal; South London council wins POCA order

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 27 April-3 May, 2019

TV presenter George Clarke calls for radical rethink of housing delivery

Architect and broadcaster George Clarke has used the Town & Country Planning Association’s (TCPA) annual Frederic J Osborn lecture to call for a major overhaul of the way housing is procured, designed and delivered.

The Planner

Report: UK can be more ambitious on climate change

The foundations are in place throughout the UK to deliver a net zero carbon economy – but the UK can be more ambitious by targeting a reduction of its greenhouse gases to zero by 2050.

The Planner

South London council wins POCA order

Southwark Council has won over £1 million under a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) order against a landlord who converted three flats into two cramped studios and bedsits.

The Planner

Improvements being delivered at Planning Portal

Six months after introducing its Financial Transaction Service (FTS) the Planning Portal is reporting that promised improvements to how the service operates are already being delivered.

The Planner

Extraspace Solutions awarded £40m modular housing contract

PLACE, a not-for-profit organisation, has awarded Extraspace Solutions a £40 million contract to deliver 200 modular homes by 2021 for homeless Londoners.

The Planner

Northern MPs write to Hammond about transport investment

More than 80 MPs have written to chancellor Philip Hammond to start the debate about what is needed regarding a commitment to the full Transport for the North Strategic Plan.

The Planner

High Court dismisses Heathrow expansion challenge

Campaigners and London boroughs have lost their challenge to the development of a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

The Planner

Climate change being fuelled by soil damage – report

Climate change can't be halted if we carry on degrading the soil, according to a recent report. There is three times more carbon in the soil than in the atmosphere – but that carbon is being released by deforestation and poor farming.

BBC News

Guildford approves local plan with new homes designed green belt

Thousands of new homes are to be built in Guildford up until 2034 after the local council voted to adopt a major local plan that will see 15 villages taken out of the green belt.

Public Sector Executive

Protests over parking impact of new homes

Housing plans which would compound ‘diabolical’ parking problems on a ‘dangerous’ residential town street are expected to be rejected.

Hereford Times

Plans unveiled for Wigan Pier revamp

Long-awaited plans to transform iconic but neglected buildings at Wigan Pier have been unveiled. They include canal-side walkways, waterside town houses, an artisan food hall with conference and events venues.

Wigan Today

Leicester City mural to be painted over under plans to build new flats

A mural of 12 Leicester City players standing alongside the manager who led them to Premier League success is to be painted over under plans to develop the building. 


Mayor’s money to fund 100 new council homes

A hundred more homes being built by Hackney Council will be let at a social rent to those most in need using funding from the Mayor of London, the council has agreed.

Hackney Council

Landlord must pay £11k over illegal HMO

Council exterminators aiming to kill some bedbugs found nine people ‘at imminent risk of death’ during a routine visit that uncovered an illegal and dangerous HMO.

Harrow Council

Application to build at South London social club rejected

An application to construct a four to eight-storey residential development on Metropolitan Open Land in Lower Sydenham has been rejected by the London Borough of Bromley.

The London Borough of Bromley

Developers understood to have appealed against Melton Hill refusal

Plans to develop the former Melton Hill council site in Woodbridge have taken another turn after developers lodged an appeal against the rejection of their latest plans. 

East Anglian Daily Times