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England round-up: Local authorities need to be recognised as central to levelling-up agenda; Planning permission sought for Camden Highline

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 21 May-27 May, 2022

Local authorities need to be recognised as central to levelling-up agenda

The local authority role in housing and planning must be acknowledged and supported at national and local levels as central to the government's levelling-up agenda.

The Planner

Planning permission sought for Camden Highline

A planning application has been lodged with Camden Council to turn a disused railway viaduct into an elevated park that links Camden Town and its market via Camley Street to Kings Cross.

The Planner

CIBSE and BEIS launch new heat pump guide for non-domestic buildings 

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have launched new guidance for installing heat pumps in large non-domestic buildings.


Mayor appoints experts to promote a better built environment for London

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has appointed a new panel of 42 Mayor’s Design Advocates to improve and promote equality and inclusion in the capital’s built environment.


Worthing eatery avoids enforcement notice for now following complaints

Karma Lounge, in Worthing, faced enforcement action from Worthing Borough Council after being told it requires planning permission to continue operating and after a number of structures appeared without permission. The owner has promised to apply for planning permission by the end of June.

Sussex World

91 Guernsey homes proposed for first-time buyers and key workers

Plans have been submitted to build 91 new homes in Guernsey that will be used to help house some of the island's key workers.

ITV News

A358 dual carriageway plans could replace M5 roundabout

A new multimillion-pound roundabout off the M5 in Somerset could be scrapped in a big shake-up of plans to turn the A358 into a dual carriageway.

BBC News

Shrewsbury MP calls for £20m flood defences to be green-lit 

MP for Shrewsbury Daniel Kawczynski says that £20 million flood defences for two areas of the town should be built as a priority.

Shropshire Star

‘Landmark’ residential scheme given the go-ahead in Loughborough

HSSP Architects has secured planning permission for a luxury 16-home development on the site of a former taxi office on the main arterial route between the railway station and Loughborough town centre.

The Business Desk

Further details on Ashford’s legal challenge

Ashford Borough Council has provided more details of its legal challenge following the Planning Inspectorate’s ruling at a recent appeal to allow development of land between Woodchurch Road and Appledore Road, Tenterden.

Ashford Borough Council

Fate of 245-home plan near sewage works to be decided by planning inspector

The fate of plans to build 245 homes near sewage works in Gloucester will be decided by a planning inspector. Gladman Developments has lodged an appeal over non-determination.

Gloucestershire Live

Developer swaps hotel plans for student housing

London developer Dominvs has completed the country’s largest forward fund in the purpose-built student accommodation sector for £173 million with Scape.


County council funding to boost rural connectivity in Cumbria

Up to £2 million of additional funding from Cumbria County Council is now available to help homes and businesses in rural areas of Cumbria get access to much faster and more reliable internet connections.

Cumbria County Council

Consultation on new library, business centre and family homes begins

A state-of-the-art library and business centre are being planned for Nuneaton, alongside up to 50 new family homes on Justice Walk in the town centre.

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

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