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22/01/2021

England round-up: More councils face presumption in favour of sustainable development; Pincher urges councils to keep local plans up to date

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 16 January-22 January, 2021

Housing Delivery Test: More councils face presumption in favour of sustainable development

The government has published the results of the 2020 Housing Delivery Test, which show that 55 councils in England now face the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

The Planner

Pincher urges councils to keep local plans up to date

Housing minister Christopher Pincher has exhorted councils to keep their local plans up to date to guarantee that England  “gets on with building the homes it needs and in the right places”.

The Planner

Anglian Water seeks to secure future water supplies

Anglian Water has unveiled an “ambitious programme” to address concerns about a future water deficit in the East of England alongside a planned delivery of 175,000 homes.

The Planner

Stats: Year-on-year increase in planning application submissions

A total of 53,430 English and Welsh planning applications were lodged with the Planning Portal in December 2020, according to recently published statistics.

The Planner

Wei Yang inaugurated as president of the RTPI

Dr Wei Yang FRTPI has pledged to inform and update the public on the purpose of town planning in her year as president of the RTPI.

The Planner

New regulator to monitor safety of construction materials

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced the establishment of a national regulator to guarantee that materials used to construct homes would be made safer.

The Planner

Cornwall Council endorses renewable energy centre

Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee has granted planning permission for a renewable power energy centre.

The Planner

Study highlights huge shortage of Traveller pitches 

There are 1,696 Traveller households on waiting lists for pitches in England – but only 59 permanent and 42 transit pitches available, according to research by Friends, Families and Travellers.

The Planner

Recycling facility approved in Coventry

Coventry City Council’s planning committee has backed plans for a regional materials recycling facility on former allotments in the city.

The Planner

Plans for North West Leicestershire warehouse approved

North West Leicestershire District Council’s planning committee has approved a hybrid application for a distribution warehousing complex on land east of Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

The Planner

Government urged to create digital planning task force

Research indicates that 348,000 homes could be built on brownfield land that is not registered as available for development on brownfield land registers.

The Planner

Planning consent for extra care development

Planning approval has been granted for a new extra care scheme in West Yorkshire providing apartments for people over the age of 55.

Insider Media

Consultation begins on Shrewsbury plan

Shropshire Council has published a consultation on the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan Masterplan Vision.

Shropshire Council

Dover seeks views on draft local plan

Dover District Council has published the first draft of its new local plan setting out the vision and framework for development in the district to 2040. 

Dover District Council 

Village homes near Hereford get go-ahead

Plans for 10 new homes in a village near Hereford have been given the go-ahead despite concerns over the impact the development will have on newts.

Hereford Times

Government urged to adopt RetroFirst reforms

A letter to The Times newspaper, published on Saturday, said the government “cannot ignore our wasteful addiction to demolition and rebuilding”, particularly amid preparations for the UK to host the COP26 climate summit later this year.

Architects Journal

Motocross launch appeal against Isle of Wight Council decision

In an appeal to the government’s Planning Inspectorate, the boss of MotoxIOW, Ben Collins, is trying to get a decision by the Isle of Wight Council’s planning department overturned as he argues that planning conditions have not been breached.

On the Wight

Housing crisis for disabled people set to deepen

More than two-thirds of all new homes to be built in England over the next decade will not be fully accessible for disabled people, finds the latest research.

ITV

Transport budget cuts threaten levelling-up agenda, say Northern leaders

Northern leaders have explained that a proposed funding cut to key transport initiatives in the north of England will delay economic recovery and undermine the government’s levelling-up agenda.

Infrastructure Intelligence

London hits electric vehicle charging points milestone

The mayor’s office has said 300 more electric vehicle rapid charging points have been installed across the capital, increasing London’s total number of charging points to almost 6,000.

Greater London Authority

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