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England round-up: Millions with poor access to green space; Planning reform increases threat to nature; PDR should be in planning bill

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A round-up of planning news in England: 12 September-18 September, 2020

Study reveals millions live with poor access to green space

One in five people across 1,257 neighbourhoods in England are struggling to access green space, according to Friends of the Earth.

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Government’s planning reforms will increase the threat to nature

The Wildlife Trusts has proposed a new ‘Wildbelt’ to make sure that the government’s proposed planning reforms will address the climate and ecological crises.

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New PDR should have been in planning bill says Lords committee

Given the government’s plans to reform the planning system, it would have been ‘more appropriate’ to set out recent legislative changes, such as recent extensions to permitted development rights (PDR), in a future planning bill.

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Group calls for diversity of developers to meet housing pledges

Government ambitions to ‘build back better’ cannot only rely on volume housebuilders – a much wider group of housing developers is needed to deliver its aims, says an industry group.

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More value-for-money community-led homes needed, says study

Community-led housing offers high value for money from public funding by delivering significant economic, social and environmental benefits, according to an economics consultancy.

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Court of Appeal rejects bid to overturn permission for Suffolk school 

The Court of Appeal has rejected a bid to quash planning permission to build a primary school near a United States Air Force (USAF) base despite concerns about the effects of aircraft noise on pupils.

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Pinewood studios launches blockbuster expansion plans

The UK’s most famous film studio has unveiled major expansion plans including a blockbuster visitor attraction.

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RTPI launches guide to climate action tools

The RTPI has launched a guide for planners on how to reduce carbon emissions while also managing such climate impacts as flooding and overheating.

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Government releases £91.5m for vulnerable people

A total of 274 local authorities will share in £91.5 million of government funding to help vulnerable people housed during the Covid-19 pandemic to stay in accommodation.

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Luton to borrow then lend £60m to airport

Luton Borough Council is to borrow £60 million and then lend the money to its embattled airport to cover huge losses owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Research project aims to show London in a new light

A research project exploring how London can improve its lighting to create a more attractive and sustainable city at night has been unveiled this week.

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Mixed-use scheme approved in Devon

Teignbridge District Council has granted planning permission for a mixed-use scheme in Newton Abbot, comprising 450 homes.

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