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England round-up: Malthouse advocates strategic planning; Masterplan for Heathrow expansion goes out for consultation

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 15 June-21 June, 2019

Malthouse advocates strategic planning 

Housing and planning minister Kit Malthouse has signalled his support for long-term strategic planning. He wants local authorities to think not just five years ahead, but to envisage 10, 15, or 20 years ahead.

The Planner

RTPI president calls for more resources to achieve climate targets

RTPI president Ian Tant has said planners lack the resources, policies and powers to make the ‘significant impact that is essential’ to meet the government’s target to eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050.

The Planner

RTPI says public sector planning is facing ‘serious’ recruitment challenges

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills believes public sector planning is facing ‘serious challenges’ in recruiting and retaining planning talent.

The Planner

Masterplan for Heathrow expansion goes out for consultation

Heathrow Airport has published its preferred masterplan for the future layout of the airport, which includes the construction of a third runway.

The Planner

Firm appointed to deliver Chipping Warden relief road 

Buckingham Group has been appointed to complete a package of traffic improvement schemes in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire, including the completion of Chipping Warden relief road.

UK Government

Foundations to back £1m project at Falkner Street

Liverpool City Council’s housing company will fund a £1 million fit-out of the ground floor 68 Falkner Street to create space for the women’s education centre alongside rented apartments. 

Place North West

‘Once in a lifetime’ plans for Ironbridge Power Station site are backed

A former councillor, and the chair of Telford & Wrekin Conservatives, has backed plans for the ‘once in a lifetime’ transformation of the former Ironbridge Power Station site.

Shropshire Star

Notting Hill cycle lane: £42m plans rejected by council

A proposed £42 million cycleway in London, which sparked a petition to save trees along the route, has been rejected by councillors.

BBC News

Planning president praises Whitehaven’s heritage and ambition

RTPI president Ian Tant has praised Whitehaven’s ‘superb heritage and great ambition’ during a visit to town.

Cumbria Crack

Kier to cut 1,200 jobs

Construction and services firm Kier Group is to cut 1,200 jobs and sell its homebuilding business as it seeks to slash costs by £55 million a year.


Plans for Hampsthwaite homes set to be rejected

Plans for a development including more than 70 homes and a medical centre in Hampsthwaite are set to be rejected over concerns that they will harm the rural landscape surrounding it.

Stray FM

Pub owner in appeal after Test Valley Borough Council refuse application

Controversial plans to convert a pub into a home will go before the Planning Inspectorate. The council refused it because it ‘would erode the character of this historic village by virtue of the loss of an historic community facility’.

Andover Advertiser

London borough moves to licence all privately rented properties

The London Borough of Lewisham is understood to be the first council in the UK to ask the secretary of state for permission to licence all of the privately rented properties within its boundaries.

The Negotiator

Only four planning breaches enforced this year

Only four planning enforcement notices have been handed out in the first half of this year, a steep drop from previous years, Brighton & Hove News reports.

Brighton & Hove News

Mayor issues 10-point plan for next prime minister

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has issued a 10-point plan to the two remaining prime ministerial candidates to address the challenges facing London and the rest of the country. It includes tackling the housing crisis.

Mayor of London