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28/01/2022

England round-up: Lords vexed by use of secondary legislation to make permanent PDR for marquees; PINS issues update as Covid-19 restrictions ease

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 22 January-28 January, 2022

Lords vexed by use of secondary legislation to make permanent PDR for marquees

The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has outlined concerns about instruments laid before Parliament that change building regulations and planning law.

The Planner

PINS issues update as Covid-19 restrictions ease

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has updated its guidance in line with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions set to come into effect yesterday (27 January).

The Planner

Cash boost for offshore floating wind development

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced that £60 million in public and private investment will go towards developing new technologies so that turbines can be installed at the windiest parts of the UK‘s coastline.

The Planner

£100m for Sizewell C

Business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has announced that £110 million will go towards supporting the continued development of the Sizewell C nuclear project in Suffolk.

The Planner

Waking watch replacement fund opens

The government has opened for applications a £27 million fund to install fire alarms in all buildings where a Waking Watch is in place.

The Planner

Tendring adopts local plan

Tendring District Council has adopted its local plan in full, which covers the period to 2033.

The Planner

Sharma outlines Presidency aims for 2022

COP President Alok Sharma has outlined in a speech at Chatham House the aims of the presidency for the coming year, building on commitments made at COP26.

UK Government

Developer contests council’s refusal of 204-home plans 

A developer is appealing against Mansfield District Council’s decision to refuse its plans for more than 200 homes near a nature reserve dubbed the town’s “little gem”.

West Bradford Wire

Milton Keynes Council set to launch planning academy

Milton Keynes Council will launch a planning academy to help to recruit and retain the best and brightest planners in the city.

MKFM

£18bn Crossrail start in June ‘is achievable’, says watchdog

Plans to open Crossrail by the end of June are “achievable”, according to the independent watchdog overseeing progress on the long-awaited scheme.

Evening Standard

Drive to promote woodland creation grants for landowners 

A new drive to encourage farmers and landowners across England to plant and manage more trees has been backed by the government.

UK Government

Aquind threatens legal moves after cross-Channel cable is refused

The part-owner of a £1.2 billion cross-Channel power cable project blocked by the government has threatened to take legal action.

BBC News

2,000 homes for Harrow

Harrow Council has approved plans to move from its Civic Centre site, releasing the land for creation of a new community of 1,000 high-quality homes.

Harrow Council

Stonehenge tunnel: ‘No value for money’ found in alternative routes

Extending the tunnels for the £1.7 billion A303 Stonehenge scheme will not provide enough value for money, National Highways has concluded.

Construction News

Camden ‘lifestyle’ hotel awarded planning permission

Pan-European investor and developer RE Capital has obtained planning consent from Camden Council for its new lifestyle hotel in Camden, London.

Property Week

Homelessness statistics published

Between July to September 2021 67,820 households were initially assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness and owed a statutory homelessness duty, down 4.4 per cent from July to September 2020.

UK Government

HS2 seeks approval to extend Bromford tunnel

HS2 Ltd has submitted plans to increase the length of the Bromford tunnel from 2.8km to 5.7km on the High Speed 2 phase one route near Birmingham.

Ground Engineering

Bowmans Cross development shelved as Hertsmere pulls local plan

A controversial masterplan for 12,160 new homes in neighbouring Hertsmere has been shelved, after the council admitted residents had rejected their proposals.

The Herts Advertiser

Campaigners’ concerns recognised but no action taken on Ashfield’s ‘controversial’ local plan

Ashfield District Council will not scrap its controversial draft local housing plan but is “doing nothing else” on it until the government responds to requests for clarity, said the authority’s leader.

Notts TV

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