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England round-up: MHCLG updates Covid-19 guidance for planning; Application submissions fall in England

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 9 Msy-15 May, 2020

MHCLG updates Covid-19 guidance for planning in England

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has issued updated guidance to ensure that the planning system in England can ‘play its full part’ in the national and local economic recovery to come after the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Planner

RTPI welcomes MHCLG guidance but is perturbed by permission expiration not being addressed

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) latest planning measures to keep the English system moving during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic have been welcomed by the RTPI, but the institute remains concerned that expiring planning permissions have not been addressed. This story includes comment from across the planning profession.

The Planner

Jenrick sets out guidance for construction in England

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced several measures to get England building following a period of lockdown and inactivity on construction sites.  

The Planner

Covid-19: Jenrick updates the country on construction and planning

Giving the daily government briefing on Covid-19 on 13 May, housing secretary Robert Jenrick spoke about the measures the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has put in place to get the construction industry back on site and enable the planning system to continue functioning in England.

The Planner

Covid-19: Application submissions fall in England and Wales

Data shows that planning applications of all types fell on average by 3.5 per cent in March and 18.5 per cent in April in England and Wales.

The Planner

PINS to start visiting sites

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) will begin visiting sites again now the government has signalled it can in a written ministerial statement following the easing of lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Planner

Gateshead Quays plans submitted

Gateshead Council’s development partner Ask:PATRIZIA has submitted a full planning application for the £260 million arena, conference and exhibition centre on Gateshead Quays.

The Planner

Government invests in road and rail to put nation on path to recovery

The government has announced that drivers and cyclists beginning to return to England’s streets will benefit from a £1.7 billion Transport Infrastructure Investment Fund to improve roads, repair bridges and fill in millions of potholes.

UK Government

Solar panels could power 3,000 homes near M54

Solar panels could provide the electricity for all 3,000 homes planned for a controversial green belt development, according to the organisation behind the project.

Shropshire Star

Recovery must be green

Prioritise sustainability and ecological restoration in plans to deliver an economic recovery, businesses have urged.

Environment Analyst

Village homes plans passed despite objections

Plans for eight new homes in Fradley have been passed despite more than 50 objections to the development.

Express & Star

Retrospective approval sought for controversial dormer

A retrospective planning application for controversial work to a conservation area building in Haworth has been submitted to Bradford Council.

Keighley News

Council refused retrospective application

Worcester City Council has rejected retrospective plans for work carried out on a barn conversion.

Worcester News

Plans submitted for Cornish mixed-use scheme

A planning application has been submitted for the regeneration and development of the former Pendower Beach House Hotel site on the Roseland Peninsula.

Insider Media

Green light expected for 120 Leicestershire homes

Revised plans to construct up to 120 homes on a site in Leicestershire have been recommended for approval. Davidsons Developments is seeking the go-ahead for the scheme at Ashfield Farm, Kirby Road, Desford.

Insider Media

Plans unveiled for 200 new homes in Leamington Spa 

Warwick-based property development company AC Lloyd has lodged an outline planning application with Warwick District Council for up to 200 houses on land at the southern end of Sydenham.

Coventry Telegraph

Newquay seafront apartment plans approved

Plans to demolish a seafront hotel in Newquay and replace it with a block of apartments have been approved.

Cornish Stuff

Residents who installed satellite dishes without permission will not face action

Stafford Borough Council members have decided that residents who put up satellite dishes without planning permission in any of the city’s conservation areas will not face enforcement action.

Express & Star