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England round-up: Inspector grants planning permission for residential gypsy site; Dartford warehouse scheme approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 25 August-31 August, 2018

Crossrail launch delayed until Autumn 2019

In a shock announcement, London's new Elizabeth line – the £15 billion Crossrail scheme’s central route – will not now open in December and has been delayed until autumn 2019 “to complete the final infrastructure and extensive testing required”. The government has been accused of seeking to bury the bad news on the last Friday of August.

The Planner

Report: Broken land market cause of poor productivity in the UK

The “dysfunctional” land market is the root cause of an unproductive and unstable UK economy, according to think tank Institute for Public Policy Research.

The Planner

Enforcement: Inspector grants planning permission for residential gypsy site

An inspector has quashed an enforcement notice and approved a residential gypsy caravan site in Staffordshire, taking into consideration the best interests of the children involved in the case.

The Planner

Dartford warehouse scheme approved

Plans to develop four new warehouse units at The Bridge, Dartford, have been given the go-ahead.

The Planner

Housebuilder served with enforcement notice over breaches at Keighley

Persimmon Homes has been handed an enforcement notice by Bradford Council after residents living near a 124-house development reported building work starting at the site as early as 6.30am.

The Telegraph and Argus

Plans submitted for 640-homes scheme 

Plans have been submitted for up to 640 new homes on 76 acres in Warwickshire.

Insider Media

New local plan lodged for Rushcliffe

Rushcliffe Borough Council has submitted a local plan that could support the construction of 2,700 new homes over the next decade.

Insider Media

Record proportion of Londoners selling up to move North 

A record proportion of London homeowners are selling up to buy cheaper property in the North and Midlands, using profits made in the capital to splurge on bigger homes, according to recent research.

The Guardian

Online shopping drives demand for warehousing space

The popularity of online shopping has contributed to a near doubling in demand for warehouse space over the past 10 years, according to figures from property research firm CBRE.

BBC News

Councillors defer decision on Battle of Bosworth site development

The planning committee at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council has voted to defer the decision for an application that would see a driverless car test track built on part of the site where the Battle of Bosworth was fought.

Leicester Mercury

Appeal hearing to decide if rabbit hotel can move to new site near Melton

An appeal inspector will next month decide if the owners of a boarding facility for rabbits and guinea pigs can re-locate their business by building a bespoke holiday home which they say would be unique in the UK.

Melton Times

Councillors refuse to ‘sacrifice’ part of Northumberland village

Councillors said part of a north Northumberland village should not be “sacrificed” to gain road upgrades as they rejected a housing application.

Northumberland Gazette

West Oxfordshire District Council’s local plan approved

West Oxfordshire District Council’s local plan has been accepted by the government’s Planning Inspectorate and will be presented to councillors for formal adoption at a special meeting to be scheduled during September.

Oxford Mail