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England round-up: Judge overturns government approval of Norfolk offshore wind farm; Government wants growth body to support OxCam Arc

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 13 February-19 February, 2021

Judge overturns government approval of Norfolk offshore wind farm

A High Court judge has overturned the energy secretary’s decision to grant a development consent order (DCO) to construct and operate an offshore wind farm off the coast of Norfolk.

The Planner

Government wants growth body to support OxCam Arc

Housing minister Christopher Pincher has announced the government’s intention to establish an ‘arc growth body’ to support the Oxford-Cambridge Arc’s development into a ‘a global innovation powerhouse’.

The Planner

Design team for Camden green infrastructure project announced

Charity Camden Highline has awarded a team led by James Corner Field Operations the contract to design a new elevated park that will link Camden Town to King’s Cross.

The Planner

Former RTPI president passes away

George McDonic MBE FRTPI passed away on 14 February 2021.

The Planner

Fund reopens for heritage project grants

Funding applications are being accepted by the National Heritage Lottery Fund for project grants ranging from £3,000 to £5 million.

The Planner

‘Green’ tower approved in City of London

The City of London Corporation has approved an application for a tall building at 70 Gracechurch Street in the Square Mile.

The Planner

Government appoints Barbour ABI in data partnership

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has awarded Barbour ABI a contract to supply it with the Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD).

The Planner

WMCA approves Dudley interchange plans

Leaders at the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) have approved plans for a new Dudley interchange worth £24 million.

The Planner

New London Overground train line could link west London

Plans to create a new railway line connecting Hounslow with Ealing, Brent and Barnet are still on track, say council chiefs.

My London

Council housing boss quits after anon Twitter account exposed

Southwark's cabinet member for housing has resigned after it emerged that he was using an anonymous Twitter account to criticise community groups. 

London SE1

UKGBC urges government not to underspend on Green Homes Grants

The UK Green Building Council has joined other NGOs and think tanks to call on the prime minister to avoid jeopardising the green recovery by withdrawing spending on Green Homes Grants.

UK Green Building Council

Oxford to retrofit and improve council houses

In accordance with its local plan, Oxford City Council has confirmed that it will spend more than £50 million in retrofitting and improving its council housing stock.

Oxford City Council

Council sets out 2021 Climate Emergency Action Plan

Switching to greener energy and a tree-planting strategy to increase the borough’s canopy are some of the key priorities set out in Richmond Council’s first Climate Emergency Strategy update.

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

East of England needs 420,000 new homes within next decade

More than 420,000 homes need to be built in the East of England over the next 10 years to meet a housing shortage, reports BBC Politics East.

BBC News

Former council depot housing scheme set to be approved

The green light has been tipped for a proposed housing scheme on the site of a former council depot in Littlethorpe.

Insider Media

Number of empty properties increased because of Covid-19

The number of empty properties is on the rise because of the pandemic, according to a property guardian firm.

Facilitate Magazine

Job-creating employment hub plans lodged

Plans have been lodged for a new 2.9 million square-feet employment hub in South Yorkshire which could support the creation of up to 4,500 jobs.

Insider Media

650 Chesterfield homes approved

Proposals to develop up to 650 new homes on agricultural land in Chesterfield have received the thumbs up.

Insider Media

Lovell JV to build 500 homes in Weymouth

Lovell Southern has entered into a joint venture agreement with one of the largest housing providers in the South to build 500 homes in Weymouth on the Dorset coast.

Construction Enquirer

Landlord ordered to repay £109,000 or face jail over unlawful property

A landlord who built unlawful extensions and crammed 14 people into his home has been ordered to give up more than £100,000 in rent or face prison.

Slough Express

Affordable homes plan given go-ahead 

Harborough District Council’s planning committee has approved plans for 38 affordable homes after the demolition of existing bungalows in Naseby Square.

Harborough District Council