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England round-up: London needs support to create an infrastructure evidence base; MHCLG’s chief planner urges local authorities to get a plan in place

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 7 November-13 November, 2020

London needs support to create an infrastructure evidence base

The government should support London in the creation of a digital evidence base for infrastructure, including location, assessments of capacity and need, and scenario modelling tools to support effective planning, an RTPI report suggests.

The Planner

Planning for the Future: Your views on the proposed infrastructure levy

Although there are problems with the Community Infrastructure Levy and section 106 obligations, planning professionals have highlighted that s.106 obligations are not just about financial matters.

The Planner

MHCLG’s chief planner urges local authorities to get a plan in place

England’s chief planner Joanna Averley has urged local authorities not to let the planning white paper prevent them from getting their local plans in place.

The Planner

Labour urges government to bring forward flooding investment

Ahead of the spending review, the Labour Party has called for the flooding protection investment to be brought forward as part of a wider challenge to the government to ‘Build it in Britain’.

The Planner

Views sought on housing plan for Liverpool region

The second stage of Liverpool City Region’s ‘Our Places’ consultation has been launched to canvass opinions on how land is used for the next 15 years.

The Planner

DfT backs Devon link road with £60m

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced a £60 million investment for upgrades to the A361 – the North Devon Link Road.

The Planner

RTPI signs joint letter to housing minister on PDR

The RTPI has joined forces with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to call on the government to impose tighter controls on permitted development rights (PDRs).


RTPI responds to announcement of new Office for Investment

The RTPI has responded to the government’s announcement that it will establish an Office for Investment to attract high-value foreign investment for infrastructure projects.


Government suppress key documents from MPs in constituency pay-off scandal

The government has suppressed a key document outlining how housing secretary Robert Jenrick was allowed to award pre-election cash to his own Newark constituency from a massive £3.6 billion regeneration programme for small towns, the Byline Times reports.

Byline Times

Battery storage given a boost 

The energy secretary has made the order that removes electricity storage facilities from the category of a generating station whose construction or extension requires a development consent order.


Major town centre regeneration plans move forward

Plans to transform the northern end of Abbey Street have been approved by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s cabinet.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

Ealing Council approves investment in homebuilding

Ealing Council’s cabinet has approved a 50-year, multimillion-pound investment in more much-needed affordable homes for the borough.

Ealing Council

Plans for £90m wind turbine quay at Teesworks

Plans have been unveiled to build a £90 million heavy lift quay on the south bank of the River Tees to support the assembly and shipping of wind turbines for the North Sea.

Construction Enquirer

College wins appeal to build 195 homes on Nuneaton campus

College bosses have won their planning appeal and now almost 200 places to live will be built on the Nuneaton campus.

Coventry Telegraph

Communities at risk of flooding urged to apply for cash

A transformative £200 million programme to improve the resilience of communities at risk of flooding and coastal change across England has been opened.

UK Government