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England round-up: Johnson appoints 10th housing minister in 10 years; Eight councils face presumption in favour of sustainable development

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 8 February-14 February, 2020

Johnson appoints 10th housing minister in 10 years

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Christopher Pincher as housing minister, replacing Esther McVey.

The Planner

McVey loses job as housing minister

Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked Esther McVey to leave her post as housing minister in Thursday’s cabinet reshuffle.

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Eight councils face presumption in favour of sustainable development

The government has published the 2019 results of the Housing Delivery Test, which show that eight local authorities failed to deliver more than 45 per cent of their housing target.

The Planner

Business welcomes certainty over HS2 but environmentalists remain concerned

Business leaders are breathing a sigh of relief now the government has given the HS2 rail project the go-ahead, but environmental campaigners are perturbed about the damage the line will cause to nature.

The Planner

Plans submitted for Staffordshire link road

Highways England has lodged an application with the Planning Inspectorate for a link road between the M54 and M6 in south Staffordshire.

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Government announces projects to receive cash for urban trees

The government has declared that 13 projects in urban communities in England will receive a share of £10 million in the first round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund. 

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More than 160,000 homes registered in 2019

New statistics have shown that 161,022 new homes were registered in the UK in 2019, representing a 1 per cent increase over 2018.

The Planner

Readers rally behind builder fined for ‘anti-druggy wall’

Readers have expressed support for a builder who was taken to court by Stoke-on-Trent City Council after erecting an ‘anti-druggy’ wall around his property without planning permission.

Stoke on Trent Live

Homeowner must remove air conditioners with no planning permission

A homeowner has been ordered to remove two air conditioning units as they were deemed to be too “obtrusive”. They were installed without the necessary planning permission.

Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times 

Green light for development near Cheltenham

Permission has been granted for a housing development on former green belt land next to Cheltenham Town Football Club’s training ground in Swindon Village.

Punchline Gloucester

Affordable homes in Coalville approved

North West Leicestershire District Council’s planning committee has approved an application for 130 affordable homes on land in Coalville.

North West Leicestershire District Council

Plans in for employment development

Plans have been lodged for a development of more than one million square feet of new employment space on a site off the M1 in South Yorkshire.

Insider Media

‘Hurt’ councillors refuse planning changes for stables

Rother planners spoke of their “hurt” as they refused an application to remove conditions from a small rural stables in Mountfield.

Rye & Battle Observer

Planning approval for £34m housing development

Planning permission has been secured for a £34 million development of more than 140 homes on a brownfield site in South Yorkshire.

Insider Media

Liverpool planning to break ground on Anfield redevelopment this year

Liverpool Football Club has announced that it is planning to begin the next phase of the expansion of its Anfield Stadium later this year, with completion scheduled for the start of the 2021-22 Premier League season.

Sport Business

Inspector overturns council’s decision on student flats

A planning inspector has allowed plans for a new £17 million student flats complex in Exeter city centre.

Devon Live