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England round-up: Nature reserve to be created in Somerset; RTPI and Milton Keynes sign MoU to champion professional planners

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 14 May-20 May, 2022

Nature reserve to be created in Somerset

Natural England and its partners have announced that a new ‘super’ National Nature Reserve is to be created in Somerset, encompassing a variety of habitats including salt marsh, heath and wetland.

The Planner

Organisations seek to improve biodiversity in South East

The Wildlife Trusts and National Highways have joined together to launch a £6 million Network for Nature programme that seeks to improve habitats across the south-east of England.

The Planner

RTPI and Milton Keynes sign MoU to champion professional planners

The RTPI has signed a memorandum of understanding with Milton Keynes Council Planning Service to “champion professional planners and their career journey through a local planning academy programme’.

The Planner

Charter for West Midlands land launched

The West Midlands Combined Authority has announced a public land charter to help unlock, develop and repurpose land for ‘the benefit of wider society’.

The Planner

Local authorities struggle to fund net-zero transition

Seven out of 10 UK local authorities have not started delivering their net-zero transition plans because of financial constraints, according to a poll.

The Planner

307 homes approved in Mid Sussex

Mid Sussex Council has granted planning permission for 307 homes at Burgess Hill.

The Planner

Bassetlaw consults on local plan after garden village withdrawal

Bassetlaw District Council is carrying out another consultation on its local plan following the shock withdrawal of a proposal for a garden village.

The Planner

Residents help inform neighbourhood plan ambitions 

More than 150 ideas about Market Harborough were captured from residents during a recent consultation event in the town. 

Harborough District Council

Doctor’s surgery and housing set to be built in Felsted

A doctor's surgery and 38 homes are set to be built in an Essex village. The latest construction plans at Bury Farm in Station Road, Felsted, were validated on 3 May.

Essex Live

UK has approved several fossil fuel projects since Cop26, analysis finds

Several major UK fossil fuel projects have been approved since COP26 concluded, an analysis has found, while about 50 schemes are thought to be in the pipeline between now and 2025.

The Guardian

Lake District café owner fights holiday lets with plan to ‘buy back’ town

The owner of a café in Keswick has begun a campaign to raise £825,000 to buy her building and has already been pledged £65,000.

The Guardian

Comments invited on proposals for Cave Street development

Oxford City Council is asking residents to comment on the proposals for a new building to replace Standingford House, Cave Street.

Oxford City Council

Next steps for Jaywick Sands being considered by councillors

Tendring District Council is looking to develop a Place Plan for Jaywalk Sands, a framework that will build upon positive steps taken recently – such as the building of new homes, and the new workspace and market project that has just started construction.

Tendring District Council

Giant 5G mast plan revealed for main road in Bedworth

A new 5G mobile phone mast could be set up on a main road in Bedworth. An application has been submitted for a 15-metre ‘phase 8’ monopole and cabinet at the junction of Newtown Road and Croft Road.

Coventry Live

Green space provision should be central to levelling up, says charity

The amount of green space per person is lower in the areas that the government is targeting as part of the levelling-up agenda than it is in other parts of the country, reveals a study by Fields in Trust.


Housing plans for former office block

A derelict former office building in Kent could soon be transformed into a housing development.

Insider Media

HS2 plan to join East Coast Mainline at Newark

Plans to connect the eastern leg of HS2 to the East Coast Mainline are being considered by the government.

BBC News

New SEN school building for 140 pupils opening this year in Grays

A new building for a SEN school is opening later this year in Essex. The Department of Education has recently submitted further plans for the new SEN school which is being built in Grays, Thurrock.

Essex Live

Portsmouth North MP launches broadside at city council over 'dire' planning department

The MP for Portsmouth North, Penny Mordaunt, made a rare appearance at a city council meeting to raise concerns about the ‘dire’ state of its planning work.

Portsmouth News

Latest phase of Basildon 700-home development submitted for planning approval

Details for the latest phase of a 700-home mixed use development in Basildon have been put forward to the borough council.

Yellow Advertiser

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