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England round-up: Inspectors advise West of England to start again on JSP; £2m for councils to address ‘illegal’ green belt development

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 7 September-13 September, 2019

Inspectors advise West of England to start again on JSP

The Planning Inspectorate has recommended that the councils involved in writing the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) should return to the plan preparation stage.

The Planner

£2m for councils to address ‘illegal’ green belt development

Housing minister Esther McVey has committed £2 million to aid councils to ‘crack down on illegal developments’ in the green belt.

The Planner

News report: What a no-deal Brexit could mean for planning, infrastructure and the environment

Will the UK leave the European Union with or without a deal? As the UK heads towards the Halloween deadline, it’s far from clear. But what would no-deal actually mean? The Planner has spoken to built environment professionals across the spectrum to find out.

The Planner

Cash for councils to improve digital tech

Local government minister Luke Hall has announced that £750,000 will be awarded to council projects to improve digital technology services, including websites for submitting planning applications.

The Planner

PINS to consider A1 Newcastle bypass improvement scheme

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has accepted for examination an application for proposed improvements to the A1 Newcastle Gateshead Western Bypass.

The Planner

Government pumps £62m flood funding into English regions

Environment secretary Theresa Villiers has announced a new round of flood defence investment for communities across Yorkshire, Cumbria, the North East and the South East of England.

The Planner

Retail plans lodged for hospital site

A new convenience store and three retail units could be built on land at a hospital in Grimsby under new plans that have been submitted to North East Lincolnshire Council.

Insider Media

Notes on neighbourhood planning published

The government's neighbourhood planning team has published a bulletin about the latest news and policy development.

UK Government

Regent Street Flyover underpins Leeds transformation

Leeds City Council has said it will submit a bid to the Department for Transport to fund a replacement for the Regent Street Flyover.

Leeds City Council

Areas by A127 and M25 ‘not considered’ in Brentwood housing plan

Brentwood Borough Council has been accused of ‘lacking transparency’ when deciding on major housing plans for Dunton. 

Essex Live

Councils backs potential news railway station near Nuneaton

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council members have backed plans for a new railway station that could be built between Hinckley and Nuneaton.

Leicestershire Live

Enforcement on criminal landlords sees over £400k in penalty notices

Enforcement by Havering Council has seen penalty notices amounting to £462,000 issued against criminal landlords over the past year.

Havering Council

Bid submitted to transform Oxford Covered Market

Oxford City Council has submitted a £2 million bid to Historic England, which could unlock a multimillion-pound investment to transform Oxford Covered Market.

Oxford City Council

Climate emergency council rejects gas-fired electricity generators

A Devon council has rejected plans for the construction of a 40-megawatt gas-fired power plant against its own planners’ advice because of the council’s commitment to promote the use of renewables.

Ends Report

Regional mayors join forces to demand more local powers

Five of England’s metro mayors and leaders from cities across the country gathered in London this week to set aside their political differences to demand that the prime minister puts more power into their hands.

Infrastructure Intelligence

Chairman of HS2 review ‘open’ to cancelling project or changing route

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has met Douglas Oakervee, chairman of the government's HS2 review, to discuss the controversial London-to-Birmingham high-speed rail project.

Birmingham Mail