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England round-up: Malthouse urged to drop permitted development for high street; Cash approved for East Mids Development Corporation

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 2 March-8 March, 2019

Malthouse urged to drop permitted development for high streets

The RTPI has urged housing and planning minister Kit Malthouse to scrap proposals that would see commercial buildings on high streets converted into homes without planning permission.

The Planner

Government signs off offshore wind sector deal

A government-industry sector deal for offshore wind has been signed off by energy secretary Greg Clark. It could see the number of related jobs triple to 27,000 by 2030.

The Planner

Cash approved for East Mids Development Corporation

The government has signed off £2 million in funds to go towards establishing an East Midlands Development Corporation.

The Planner

Warehouse space must increase to support government housing target

Warehouse space across England must increase to support growing communities if the government is to realise its target to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.

The Planner

3,000 homes approved in East London

The Section 106 agreement for a 3,000-home development in East London has been signed off and the development can now go ahead.

The Planner

Avison Young submits Orchard Street planning application 

Avison Young has lodged a planning application on behalf of Connell Property Partnership and Shea Investments to build 469 homes on an 8.39-hectare site at Orchard Street in Salford, Greater Manchester. 

The Planner

Warwick council approves Gallows Hill scheme 

Warwick District Council has approved plans for a new residential and community development submitted by L&Q for a 20.9-hectare site land south of Gallows Hill. 

The Planner

WMCA pumps in nearly £20m to revive town centres 

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has approved nearly £20 million of funding to help accelerate local authority plans to revitalise town centres.

The Planner

High Court: Government’s fracking policy is ‘unlawful’

The government’s planning guidance on fracking is ‘unlawful’, the High Court ruled earlier this week.

The Planner 

Deal struck for supported housing sites

Supported housing sites across the North West, South East, Midlands and the South have been acquired by the Triple Point Social Housing REIT.

Insider Media

Red tape slashed for investors and builders on the railway

Network Rail has begun to embed the enabling processes of its industry-wide Open for Business programme, which aims to make it easier for other organisations – including the private sector – to invest in and build on the railway. 

Network Rail

Wantage school approved

A school that will become the ‘heart’ of one of Oxfordshire’s biggest new housing estates has secured planning permission.

Oxford Mail

Six new bungalows approved in Redditch

Redditch Borough Council has approved a number of planning applications this week, including one for six two-bed bungalows.

Kidderminster Shuttle

Parking firm applies for permission after installing system

Hospital chiefs and a parking firm have come under fire after it was discovered they don’t have planning permission to install automatic number plate recognition cameras at Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital.

This Is Lancashire

Progress made on £150m renewable energy plant

Plans for a huge renewable energy facility to be built near Ellesmere Port – which would create more than 500 jobs and represent an investment of £150 million – have taken a major step forward.

Insider Media

Government overturns council’s challenge against ecological work around HS2 Colne Valley Viaduct

Transport secretary Chris Grayling and housing secretary James Brokenshire have overruled a council’s decision to reject HS2’s application to build one of its ecological mitigation sites around the Colne Valley Viaduct.

Rail Technology Magazine

Councillor says Wellington Mills CIC is misleading the public

A community group that hopes to restore a historically important building has been accused of 'scamming' the public. Councillor John Thorne said the Wellington Mills Community Interest Group is ‘misleading’ the public into thinking anything can be achieved.

Somerset County Gazette

Northumberland fire station approved

Plans for a new fire station and training facility in Ponteland have been given the green light.

Insider Media

Campaigners’ joy after new homes are turned down

Blockley villagers have successful fought off the latest attempt at unwanted development in their village, but the developer is considering appealing against the decision.

Kidderminster Shuttle

Concern over Lewisham enforcement action on planning breaches

Lewisham councillors have raised concerns about formal action taken against those who breach planning permission and build on their homes or land unlawfully. 

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