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England round-up: Landlord without HMO licence fined £20,000; Housing investment unfairly distributed

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 10 November-16 November, 2018

Landlord without HMO licence fined £20,000

A £20,000 fine has been handed to a landlord and his managing agent for failing to secure a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence for their three-storey property.

The Planner

Embracing technology will allow planners time to plan

Planning and technology experts have urged the planning profession to take bolder steps to embrace digital technology.

The Planner

Land use policy should reward those who mitigate climate change

Reform is required to make sure that land is a more effective carbon store. Landowners that deliver such climate mitigating objectives should be rewarded.

The Planner

Housing investment unfairly distributed

Government investment in five housing programmes across England over the next five years is skewed in favour of the South East.

The Planner

Westminster council targets affordable housing increase

Westminster City Council outlines plans to deliver nearly 1,500 homes a year and affordable housing for middle-income families.

The Planner

Incremental increase in net additional dwellings

There was a 2 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of net additional dwellings delivered in 2017/18.

The Planner

Guildford scheme to provide more than 500 student rooms 

Guildford Borough Council has granted planning permission for a student accommodation scheme on the site of Guildford’s former technical and construction school.

The Planner

UK’s most popular local transport planning projects revealed 

Two community transport initiatives in Sevenoaks have been chosen as best reflecting what local people really want from transport schemes in the UK by a top panel of judges.

Transport Planning Society

Thanet’s blueprint for housing submitted to Planning Inspectorate

Thanet’s draft local plan has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination. It includes a reallocation of 2,500 homes, out of a total 17,140 proposed for completion by 2031.

The Isle of Thanet News

Brokenshire appoints new Homes England board member 

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has appointed Duncan Sutherland to the board of Homes England.

UK Government

£22 million for projects to support domestic abuse survivors

Housing minister Heather Wheeler has announced that £22 million will provide over 2,200 new beds in refuges and other safe accommodation, access to education, and tailored employment and life skills guidance as survivors move towards building a safe and healthy future for themselves and their children.

UK Government

Scheme to rejuvenate Nuneaton town centre gets green light

A major scheme to transform Nuneaton town centre and boost economic growth and jobs has been approved. Warwickshire County Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council are working together to deliver the Transforming Nuneaton Programme.

Warwickshire News

Mordaunt sparks concern over hopes to pull UK out of Unesco

The International Development Secretary believes the UN education and culture scheme is bad value for money and the UK should save the £11.1 million it pumps into it each year, according to The Times.

Politics Home

Leeds set for a boost in council housing

Leeds City Council is set to deliver one of its most ambitious council housing programmes over the next three years, with an estimated 358 new homes being built across several sites in the city.

Leeds City Council

£150m plan for Oxford Street revamp questioned

A Labour opposition councillor has questioned whether Westminster City Council really has the ability to pull off its ambitious £150 million Oxford Street vision without help.

Get West London

Public to have say on designs for new railway stations

Members of the public are being invited to help shape the look of three new suburban railway stations in south Birmingham.

Rail Professional

Councils favour AONB site for new substation

Three Suffolk councils are throwing their weight behind plans for a controversial new electricity substation to be sited in an AONB – as it is the ‘lesser of two evils’.

East Anglian Daily Times