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England round-up: Khan stands firm on fracking policy in the London Plan; UK’s first zero-emission street announced

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 14 December-20 December 2019

Khan stands firm on fracking policy in the London Plan

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has rejected a recommendation by the Planning Inspectorate to remove a policy relating to fracking from the draft London Plan.

The Planner

Queen’s Speech: RTPI disappointed by lack of detail on housing and planning

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has said she is disappointed at the lack of detail on housing delivery and the planning system in the Queen’s Speech.

The Planner

UK’s first zero-emission street announced

The City of London Corporation has approved plans to make Beech Street the UK’s first zero-emission street as it looks to improve air quality in the Square Mile.

The Planner

Contract value growth continues into November, suggest stats

In November, the value of construction contracts awarded was £5.4 billion, an increase of 9.1 per cent compared with October and an increase of 20.2 per cent compared with a year earlier.

The Planner

New trustees and General Assembly members welcomed to RTPI

New members of the RTPI’s Board of Trustees for 2020 have been welcomed to the institute’s office in London for an introduction to their roles and an update from the board chair.


Persimmon in ‘systemic nationwide’ fire safety failure

Housebuilder Persimmon has routinely failed to properly install correct cavity barriers and firestopping on its timber frame properties, according to a damning independent report into build problems at the firm.


App developed to give faster support to homeless people

The way homeless people in Shropshire are offered support will be transformed, thanks to a new app launched by a council.

Shropshire Star

Planning permission for two dementia care homes approved

Applications for two dementia care facilities have received planning permission from Rushcliffe Borough Council. They both received support from the local community.

West Bridgford Wire

£11k fine for illegal brick wall in Well Hill

A man from the rural hamlet of Well Hill in Shoreham who built a wall more than two metres high without planning permission has been fined £11,610 by Sevenoaks magistrates.

Kent Online

New housing plan at Stratford pub site

Proposals to build two new dwellings behind Stratford’s Old Tramway Inn have been submitted to Stratford District Council, following the withdrawal of a controversial housing plan earlier this year.

Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

Planning Inspectorate schedules Norfolk Boreas DCO meets

The Planning Inspectorate has announced the dates of the hearings for the Norfolk Boreas offshore wind project as part of the examination of the order granting development consent application.


Wildlife Trust releases statement on HS2 clearance

The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust have released a full statement about Calvert Jubilee.

The Bucks Herald

Historic canal resurrected to help deliver railway for the future

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal will be brought back into industrial use next year when it is used to transport goods to help replace a Victorian railway bridge.

Infrastructure Intelligence

226 new homes to be built on green belt land in Tring

Plans to build 226 new homes on green belt land have been given the go-ahead by Dacorum Borough Council.

Tring Today

Public consultation for new Cambridge South station

Network Rail has announced a public consultation in early 2020 on proposals for a new railway station and associated infrastructure in the south of Cambridge.

Network Rail 

Progress made on Climate Emergency Action Plan 

Councillors have reviewed Harborough District Council’s newly updated Climate Emergency Action Plan – the council’s commitment to tackling climate change.

Harborough District Council

Dales to have new ‘local plan’

People who live in the Yorkshire Dales National Park have been asked to shape a new set of planning policies to guide development for the next 20 years.  

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

£15m funding for more than 30 miles of new cycle routes

Transport bosses at the West Midlands Combined Authority have committed almost £15 million funding towards four major cycle routes as part of the region’s vision to get more people to take up cycling.

West Midlands Combined Authority