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England round-up: MPs outline their planning support and criticisms in Commons debate; Government seeks to restore and protect nature

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 15 May-21 May, 2021

MPs outline their planning support and criticisms in Commons debate

A House of Commons debate this week has seen MPs commenting on many aspects of the Queen’s Speech, including the planning bill.

The Planner

Government seeks to restore and protect nature

Environment secretary George Eustice has outlined how the government plans to  tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis; take forward recommendations in the Dasgupta Review; and amendments to the environment bill.

The Planner

16,000 homes could have been lost due to PDR, suggests analysis

Councils have warned that office blocks currently empty due to the Covid-19 pandemic are at risk of being converted into 'potentially substandard' housing as a result of permitted development rights (PDR).

The Planner

Housebuilder granted permission for two East Midlands developments

A housebuilder has had two separate schemes approved in the East Midlands, which in total will deliver 265 homes.

The Planner

Views sought on Old Oak and Park Royal local plan

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) has published a seven-week public consultation on changes to its local plan.

The Planner

'Queering' of public spaces would encourage inclusion and accessibility

A report exploring the relationship between queer communities and public spaces recommends rethinking how towns and cities are designed to encourage inclusion for all.

The Planner

Green light for £40m residential scheme in Kent 

Sevenoaks District Council has granted planning permission for the redevelopment of the former Tesco store located on Sevenoaks High Street in Kent.

The Planner

Construction contract values topped £9bn in April

Contract awards increased by 58 per cent to £9.1 billion in April compared to March, according to industry analysts Barbour ABI's latest Economic & Construction Market Review.

The Planner

Jenrick to review how Planning Inspectorate works 

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that he has commissioned a review of a review of how the Planning Inspectorate and planning policy considers and defends heritage, following his approval of plans to turn the Whitechapel Bell Foundry into a boutique hotel.


Northern Line extension nears completion

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has visited Nine Elms station ahead of the opening of the Northern Line Extension in the autumn.

Greater London Authority

Funding secured for Mansfield flood prevention

Communities in Mansfield are set to benefit from £76 million of funding secured by Severn Trent Water from Ofwat to deliver a flood resilience programme.

West Bridgford Wire

1,000-home plan for Ironbridge Power Station passes first planning stage

Plans to build 1,000 homes on the site of a former power station have been approved by councillors at Shropshire Council.

Shropshire Council

Refusal for major student accommodation scheme

Plans for a major student accommodation scheme aiming to provide almost 300 homes have been refused by Coventry City Council.

Insider Media 

Jenrick to work with Tim Farron on First Homes for South Lakeland

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has offered to work with MP Tim Farron to bring a new government affordable housing scheme to the South Lakes.

The Westmorland Gazette

Work starts on new Perry Barr railway station

The unattractive and outdated Perry Barr railway station has been demolished, clearing the way for the £30 million redevelopment.

West Midlands Combined Authority 

Peabody purchases site from Europa Capital and St Congar Land

Following four years of remediation, Europa Capital and its joint venture partner St Congar Land has announced that it has completed the sale of Dagenham Dock, the site of the former Ford Stamping Works, to Peabody housing association.


British railways to be overhauled

The government has announced that a new public body Great British Railways will be established to integrate the railways and deliver passenger-focused travel with simpler, modern fares and reliable services.

UK Government