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01/09/2017

England round-up: Khan should set up an OSM procurement programme, says report; Call for community land trusts to be exempt from leasehold reforms

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 26 August-1 September, 2017

Khan should set up an OSM procurement programme – report

The Mayor of London is best placed to break down the barriers that prevent wider adoption of offsite manufacturing (OSM) for housing and should set up a London-specific OSM-led procurement framework, a report suggests.

The Planner

Vote for your 2018 RTPI vice-president

The RTPI has announced the nominations for a number of board places, including the role of 2018 vice-president, with voting now open.

The Planner

Call for community land trusts to be exempt from leasehold reforms

A housing charity says the government’s proposed reforms for leasehold would become a ‘stranglehold’ for community-led housing providers that could jeopardise thousands of new homes.

The Planner

950-home community development approved in Macclesfield

Cheshire East Council’s strategic planning board has approved a 950-home mixed-use development in south Macclesfield.

The Planner

Planning applications to cost taxpayers £1bn, warns the LGA 

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that planning applications will cost local taxpayers £1 billion over the next five years to 2022.

The Planner

HS2 looks for construction firms to build London stations

HS2 Ltd has begun searching for the companies that will transform London Euston station and build a new transport hub at Old Oak Common ready for the high-speed rail line.

The Planner

756-home Manchester development approved despite no affordable housing

Manchester City Council has approved developers plans by Far East Consortium and The Co-op for a £200 million, 756-home development in the city.

The Planner

Raft of planning enforcement notices handed out across Bradford

Fourteen planning enforcement notices have been handed out across the city of Bradford in the past few months, a planning committee has heard.

The Telegraph and Argus

Applying for planning permission in Dudley to be simpler

Applying for planning permission in Dudley is set to get quicker, cheaper and simpler because of new measures introduced to overhaul the planning process in the borough.

Dudley News

Starter home plan dropped for Chichester site

A scheme for 80 starter homes at Lower Graylingwell, celebrated as one of the first in the UK, has been scrapped following delays due to ‘other government priorities’.

Chichester Observer

Plans scrapped for wind turbine near Oswestry

Plans for a 101-metre high turbine in Oswestry have been scrapped over concerns that it would scar the landscape.

Shropshire Star

Council to withdraw CPO for former Rose and Young site

Tandridge District Council has decided to withdraw the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) issued for the former Rose and Young site in Caterham, stating that it is confident the owner and Clarion Housing Group are close to exchanging contracts.

Tandridge District Council

Julia Goldsworthy appointed director of strategy for WMCA

Devolution expert Julia Goldsworthy is to join the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) as director of strategy, leaving her role as senior adviser with professional services firm PwC.

Business Birmingham

Planning for more houses to be built on historic former Coventry manufacturing site

More houses are set to be built on a historic site in Coventry that is steeped in the city’s motoring history, leaving residents concerned about the site’s heritage.

Coventry Telegraph

Anger over plans to demolish 300-year-old Stevenage cottage 

Plans to demolish a 300-year-old cottage to make way for four new houses have been met with fierce objection by those desperate to retain its history.

The Comet

Council refutes claims more houses are to be built in Nuneaton and Bedworth 

Council bosses have refuted claims they are to increase the number of homes to be built across Nuneaton and Bedworth to just over 15,000. 

Coventry Telegraph

£300m road projects to improve journeys in Merseyside and Cheshire 

Highways England has announced its preferred options for upgrading the key route to the Port of Liverpool and creating a new junction on the M56 near Runcorn, following public consultations earlier this year.

UK Government

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