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England round-up: Lords’ ancient woodland amendment to environment bill rejected; £3.9bn for decarbonising heat and buildings set out in Net Zero Strategy

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 16 October-22 October, 2021

Lords’ ancient woodland amendment to environment bill rejected

MPs have voted against a House of Lords’ amendment to the environment bill that would have seen a minimum 50-metre buffer around ancient woodland near new development. 

The Planner

£3.9bn for decarbonising heat and buildings set out in Net Zero Strategy

The UK Government has committed £3.9 billion of new funding for the decarbonisation of heat and buildings as part of its Net Zero Strategy.

The Planner

Government urged to consider climate crisis in all planning decisions

The power of planning to promote a cleaner and more efficient way of living has been highlighted by a group of planning and environmental organisations which has urged the government to put the climate crisis at the heart of all planning decisions.

The Planner

Update issued by transport minister on HS2

Transport minister Andrew Stephenson reports that HS2 remains ‘within budget and schedule’ in an update on the infrastructure project.

The Planner

Agreement signed between RTPI and BAME Planners Network

The RTPI and the BAME Planners Network have signed a memorandum of understanding that sets out how the institute will collaborate with the network over the next three years to ensure the profession is as diverse as the communities it represents.

The Planner

Decision on Portishead Branch Line delayed

A decision on a development consent order (DCO) for the construction of a new railway on the trackbed on the former branch line from Bristol to Portishead has been delayed.

The Planner

Central Bedfordshire road scheme gets government backing

The roads minister, Baroness Vere, has announced that Central Bedfordshire will receive £32.7 million funding from the government to build a new bypass to ease transport of goods between the M1 and the Midlands. 

The Planner

Bedford planning team issues ‘significant number of notices’

Breach of condition notices have been issued to a number of developers working on projects in Bedford borough for failing to comply with various heritage and planning compliance orders.

Bedford Independent

Hayle woman’s battle to save historical chalet from development

A woman is fighting to prevent the development of her iconic chalet, which has stood as a riverside landmark for more than 100 years.

Cornwall Live

PINS publishes strategic plan

The Planning Inspectorate has published its strategic plan 2021-25, which outlines the objectives it will be delivering over the next three financial years.

UK Government

Landmark deal to forward-fund Maidenhead regeneration

A landmark £155 million deal has been agreed with build-to-rent operator Get Living to forward-fund the first phase of a scheme designed to revitalise central Maidenhead in Berkshire.

Insider Media

Ballymore submits application for mixed-use scheme in London

Ballymore has submitted a planning application for a mixed-use quarter at UNEX-Thames Road Industrial Estate in London’s Royal Docks.

Property Week

Appeal follows refusal of plans for Isle of Wight pub development

Plans for a house in the car park of the Three Bishops pub in Brighstone are the subject of an appeal to the government after the Isle of Wight Council again refused planning permission. 

Isle of Wight Radio

First of 1,000 trees planted along Sprint bus route

Pupils from an inner-city primary school have planted the first of 1,000 trees to be placed along the route of the Sprint bus route.

West Midlands Combined Authority

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