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England round-up: Inquiry on Cumbrian coal mine starts next week; South West council says planning services are ‘struggling’ with Covid-19 demand

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 28 August-3 September, 2021

Inquiry on Cumbrian coal mine starts next week

The public inquiry into West Cumbria Mining’s Cumbria Metallurgical Coal Project will begin on Tuesday 7 September.

The Planner

South West council says planning services are ‘struggling’ with Covid-19 demand

Dorset Council has announced that it is struggling with increased submissions of planning applications during the Covid-19 pandemic as it continues ‘slimming down’ its services.

The Planner

RTPI president visits Lincoln

Lincoln has hosted RTPI president Wei Yang’s first in-person presidential visit of 2021.

The Planner

Council to rethink warehouse approval after legality of decision questioned

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s development control committee will reconsider a full planning application for a storage and distribution warehouse on land at Oakdown Farm on the A30 near junction 7 of the M3 later this year.

The Planner

Derelict sites in West Midlands to be transformed

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has a ‘multimillion-pound’ investment package to kick-start development of nearly 400 homes at three derelict sites.

The Planner

Worcestershire housing site awarded nature accreditation

Lea Castle Village, near Kidderminster in Worcestershire, has gained Build with Nature accreditation.

The Planner

Government allocates millions to affordable housing funds

The government has set out £8.6 million in affordable housing funding to help people get on the housing ladder.

The Planner

£16m awarded for peatland restoration

Five projects that aim to restore and improve the health of England’s peatlands will receive a share of £16 million from the first round of Natural England’s Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme.

The Planner

Wigan-to-Bolton electrification project approved

Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris has announced that the government will fund £78 million to electrify the line between Wigan and Bolton.

The Planner

Developer appeals to SoS over council homes plan refusal

The developer proposing to build 450 homes on agricultural land off Shottendane Road in Margate has lodged an appeal after Thanet District Council refused planning permission for the scheme.

Isle of Thanet News

Neighbours angry as builder uses green space as his own yard

A row has broken out between neighbours in Swindon after a builder turned a communal patch of grass into his own yard.

Swindon Advertiser

Consultation on Norwich transport plan

Norfolk County Council is urging people to take a look at the draft Transport for Norwich Strategy and complete a short online survey to help shape the strategy.

Norfolk County Council

Protests grow against new council homes on London green spaces

Protests are growing across London against plans to build thousands of new council homes on green spaces and existing estates.

The Guardian

Developer appeals refusal to build homes next to Shrewsbury retail park

Savills has submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate over its proposal to build 145 homes on a site next to Meole Brace Retail Park in Shrewsbury.

Shropshire Star

Local concerns as wildlife habitat destroyed

Planning enforcement officers have been asked to investigate development activity at the former mushroom mine used fertiliser site near Bradford on Avon. 

This is Wiltshire

Call for staffing review for 800-case planning enforcement backlog

Havering is facing hundreds of open planning enforcement cases and officers are “unable to keep up”, according to the Romford Recorder.

Romford Recorder

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