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England round-up: Malthouse keen to empower planning profession; London boroughs urged to update SCIs

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 17 November-23 November, 2018

Malthouse keen to empower planning profession

The housing and planning minister has told planners he is ‘keen’ to empower the profession.

The Planner

London boroughs urged to update SCIs

Planning authorities in London should take urgent steps to bring their Statements of Community Involvement (SCI) up to date with requirements laid out in the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017.

The Planner

Homelessness on the rise

Three hundred and twenty thousand people are recorded as homeless in Britain – an increase of 13,000 people over the last year.

The Planner

£60m for new renewables auctions

Energy minister Claire Perry has announced a £60 million budget for new renewables auctions.

The Planner

Dr Aude Bicquelet-Lock appointed UWE visiting professor

The RTPI's deputy head of policy and research, Dr Aude Bicquelet-Lock, has been appointed visiting professor at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, University of the West of England (UWE).


Row breaks out over new homes for Cornish village

People objecting to a housing development near St Ives say Cornwall Council has ignored a recommendation made by a planning inspector and refused to stop building on the site.

Pirate FM

Old cottages in Cawsand set to become affordable housing

A groundbreaking plan to provide more affordable housing to local people in South East Cornwall has taken one step closer. 

ITV News

Plan to build low-cost homes in Brighton defended

Plans for more than 200 low-cost homes in Whitehawk have been defended by the former leader of Brighton and Hove City Council.

Brighton & Hove News

Plans for four Telford factories approved despite transport concerns 

Council planning officers recommended the approval of the Hortonwood development but admitted the cycling provision was based on the previous local plan, with only a quarter of the bike parking spaces now recommended. 

Shropshire Star

New plans for 1,500-home garden village

A new garden village that could provide a rumoured 1,500 new homes on the Surrey and Hampshire border has caused concern for locals.

Haslemere Herald

Lewisham considering rebuilding library

Lewisham Council has said it is considering rebuilding Lewisham Library, which could see new council homes for rent built.

Lewisham Council

Family ordered to take down ‘unacceptable’ 6ft garden fence

A family has been battling with planning officers over a six-foot panel fence along the land boundary of their back garden.

Daily Gazette

Green belt sites are ruled out of the Sevenoaks Local Plan

Planning officers have ruled out all but four green belt sites for development in Sevenoaks in the latest version of the local plan.

Kent Live

Investment plans for Darlington and Middlesbrough rail stations

Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen has put forward a £45 million rail investment plan at the November meeting of the Combined Authority Cabinet.

Insider Media