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England round-up: London density limits removed, Local planning study launched, HS2 for Leicester?

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 25 November-1 December, 2017

London Plan: Density limits removed and new minimum space standards outlined

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has published his draft London Plan, which outlines proposals to make better use of land including creating places of higher density, and minimum space standards for different sized dwellings.

The Planner

Study into local planning delivery commissioned by RTPI

Planning service resourcing, staffing pressures and delivery structures in local planning authorities in the South East and North West of England will be the focus of a new study commissioned by the RTPI.

The Planner

London plan: Reaction

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has published his draft London Plan, with a focus on small sites and a commitment to tackling the capital’s housing shortage welcomed.

The Planner 

Compulsory purchase orders fall sharply, but remain successful

Submissions of planning compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) fell sharply last year although their success rates remain high, according to latest research.

The Planner

Nearly half of housebuilders are 'serial appealers'

Confidence in the planning system is plummeting amid a culture of 'planning by appeal', according to a poll of housebuilders.

The Planner

Surrey Council admits £500K cost of defending appeals

Wavewrley Borough Council has spent more than £500,000 in the past two years countering planning appeals amid “significant concern” about its handling of major applications.

The Planner

HS2 link for Leicester, Loughborough and Market Harborough?

A new case study is being built up for fast trains from Market Harborough, Leicester and Loughborough to join the HS2 at Toton in Nottinghamshire, according to the Leicester Mercury.

Leicester Mercury

Plans for 23 new apartments in Mapperley approved

Plans for 23 apartments on an empty brownfield site in Mapperley have been given the go ahead, by Nottingham City Council.

Nottingham Post

Plan for Coventry accommodation complex to house 800 students

A planning application has been submitted to demolish the Coventry Boys and Girls Club in the city centre and relocate it as part of a scheme to develop a student accommodation complex.

Coventry Telegraph

Town councillors oppose third housing bid for Downham Market site

Councillors in Downham have voted once more to recommend the refusal of a major planning application in the town.

Lynn News

Residents rally against mobile phone mast plan
Angry residents have called a public meeting in a bid to stop erection of a mobile phone mast on land at Garndolbenmaen.

Cambrian News

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