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England round-up: Liverpool council told to outsource simple planning applications, Health, care and housing services should be seen as one system

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 27 November-3 December, 2021

Liverpool council told to outsource simple planning applications

Commissioners have recommended that Liverpool City Council should outsource straightforward planning applications so that the planning team can focus on more complex applications to reduce the backlog.

The Planner

Health, care and housing services should be seen as one system

The government’s long-awaited social care white paper states that strategic leadership that sees the local provision of health, care and housing services not as separate systems, but as ‘a coherent system’ is the key to giving people the choice to live independently and healthily in their own homes for longer.

The Planner

Further allocation made from brownfield fund 

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has made a second £11 million allocation from the £75 Brownfield Land Release Fund.

The Planner

Five principles set out for levelling up

The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) has identified five principles that should ensure that local communities achieve levelling up – including building a solid evidence base.

The Planner

Covid-19 measures to end (pdf)

Chief planner Joanna Averley has confirmed that the temporary removal of legal requirements to make certain development plan documents available
for inspection at premises and to provide hard copies on request will end on 31 December 2021.

UK Government

Commissioners sent into Slough Borough Council 

Commissioners have been sent in to address serious financial and management failures at Slough Borough Council at the request of the communities secretary.

UK Government

Funding for tree projects in England

Hundreds of thousands of trees will be planted in communities across England, thanks to funding through the Nature for Climate Fund, announced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Forestry Commission as part of National Tree Week.

UK Government

Views sought on Surrey AONB

The public has been urged to contribute its views on the boundary view for the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Natural England

Councils to take historic next step in merger plans

The proposed merger between Warwick District Council and Stratford-on-Avon District Council will be considered at their cabinet meetings on Thursday 9 December.

Warwick District Council

Key workers helped onto the housing ladder

A nurse and a police officer are among the first people to be helped onto the housing ladder through a new affordable home ownership scheme, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has announced.

UK Government

Stonehenge: A303 tunnel plan could be looked at again

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has published a “statement of matters” inviting the case for the two-mile tunnel to be made again. The High Court quashed permission for it earlier this year.

BBC News

Gove backs plans for street votes on suburban development

Housing secretary Michael Gove has backed “cracking” proposals to allow residents to join forces with neighbours and hold referendums on developing their streets.

Architects Journal

1,000 trees planted in Northampton

Major progress has been made on a project to transform an engineering compound in Finedon into a wildlife habitat as more than 1,000 trees have been planted on the site this week.

Network Rail

210,000-bird chicken farm rejected

Councillors on Shropshire Council’s southern planning committee went against the advice of officers and refused permission for the scheme at Footbridge Farm in Tasley, Bridgnorth, citing concerns over the smell and ammonia pollution.

Shropshire Star

Entire Tube line may close, mayor warns

The Mayor of London has said an entire Tube line could close if Transport for London (TfL) does not get more funding from central government.

BBC News

Civic watchdog welcomes revised Norwich plan

A civic watchdog has welcomed changes to a plan to redevelop a Norwich landmark, which it previously opposed.

BBC News

Herefordshire 'sitting on' over £9m of developers’ cash

Herefordshire is sitting on over £9 million from developers which was intended to be spent on better transport and community facilities across the county, it has been revealed. 

Hereford Times

Council’s local plan scoops RTPI South East award

Winchester City Council’s local plan consultation has scooped the top prize at this year’s prestigious RTPI South East Awards for Planning Excellence.

Southern Daily Echo

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