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England round-up: Judge pushes Leeds green belt allocations back to Whitehall; Three million older people ‘put off’ downsizing

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A round-up of planning news in England: 8 August-14 August, 2020

Judge orders Leeds to send back green belt allocations to Whitehall

The High Court has ordered that all green belt allocations in Leeds City Council’s Site Allocations Plan (SAP) should be sent back to the secretary of state for redetermination.

The Planner

Three million older people in England ‘put off’ downsizing

The government should set a target of building 30,000 retirement properties a year after latest research reveals more than three million people in England are dissuaded from downsizing.

The Planner

Urbed to write national design code

The government has commissioned Manchester-based consultancy Urbed to write the national design code, a key plank of its planning reforms.

The Planner

North sets out £5 billion infrastructure pipeline

A £5 billion pipeline of infrastructure projects to create 20,000 jobs has been set out by transport and business leaders in the North of England.

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Khan demands government rescue package for London’s West End

London mayor Sadiq Khan is urging the government to take urgent action to save the capital’s embattled West End from a perfect storm caused by Covid-19 that threatens its existence.

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Renewables could provide two-thirds of electricity by 2030

A ‘sharp’ decline in the cost of renewable energy generation means that Britain should aim to meet two-thirds of electricity needs by 2030 through renewable sources.

The Planner

Road safety fund reopens to tackle Covid-19 challenge

A fund to help UK local authorities, charities and community groups respond to changing road use and emerging road safety issues because of the Covid-19 pandemic will open for applications shortly.

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Covid-19: Rail station investment could boost recovery

Local economies and communities could get a much-needed boost from the investment in rail stations as part of the recovery from Covid-19, according to a report by the Urban Transport Group.

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Walsingham withdraws application to redevelop national shrine

A planning application to redevelop the Catholic national shrine near Walsingham in Norfolk has been withdrawn after it attracted criticism for its impact on a 14th-century chapel.

The Planner

Consultation for options on Gateshead’s Metrocentre opens

Plans to transform brownfield land surrounding Gateshead’s Metrocentre have taken a step forward as the local authority launches a consultation on its preferred option.

The Planner

Old tree becomes art work

New life is being breathed into an old oak tree which had to be taken down for safety reasons as work began to tackle a congested traffic junction, Highways England has announced. 

Highways England 

Businesses urged to sign up to offer green homes improvements 

Business secretary Alok Sharma has called on tradespeople to register to offer home improvement services under the new Green Homes Grant scheme.

UK Government

Plans for 200-home development recommended for approval

Plans to build more than 200 homes on a site in South Yorkshire look set to get the green light next week.

Insider Media

First housing development by Shropshire council-owned company set to be approved

The first housing development to be built by Shropshire Council’s own housing company is expected to be given the green light next week.

Shropshire Star