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England round-up: New fracking regulations backed by MPs; Liverpool Waterfront voted England’s Greatest Place

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 12 December-18 December, 2015


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Our next Friday digest will be with you on 8 January 2016.


New fracking regulations backed by MPs

MPs have voted by 298 to 261 to allow fracking under national parks.

The Planner

New fracking regulations: Reaction

MPs have voted to allow fracking under national parks in England, at a depth of 1,200 metres. Reaction to the vote has been collated here.

The Planner

Sarah Richards appointed chief executive of Planning Inspectorate

The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced that Sarah Richards has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate.

The Planner 

Liverpool Waterfront voted England’s Greatest Place

The public has chosen Liverpool Waterfront as England’s Greatest Place.

The Planner

Brixton regeneration scheme given approval

Lambeth Council has granted planning approval for a regeneration scheme in Brixton.

The Planner

Outline approval for 200 homes

Plans to build more than 200 new homes on a former colliery site have taken a major step forward.

Wigan Today

Town centre pub to be converted into flats

Plans to convert one of Burnley’s Victorian pubs into apartments have been given the go-ahead by planning officers.

Burnley Express

Letchworth updates principles

Letchworth Garden City Society sets out updated principles in response to changing nature of modern planned communities.

The Comet

No new Coventry City FC stadium mentioned in Rugby council ‘local plan’

A new Coventry City FC stadium looks less likely to be built in Rugby Borough Council’s boundaries after a draft development plan was published by the council.

Coventry Telegraph

Waverley Witness: Plan Submitted For 1,800 Homes At Dunsfold Park

Outline plans have been submitted to Waverley Borough Council for a new Surrey village on the Dunsfold airfield site.

The Guildford Dragon

A country more flood-resilient

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss announces work to identify additional flood protection measures in Cumbria.

UK Government

Developer ordered to tear down £10m block of flats

A private developer has been told to cough up £700,000 and tear down a six-storey block of flats in London that was built without planning permission.

Construction Enquirer

Bristol leaves Green Capital legacy with pledge to become carbon-neutral city

Amid the furore over the success achieved at the Paris summit, the European Green Capital city of Bristol has made a bold pledge to accelerate its already-ambitious climate targets and pursue complete carbon neutrality by 2050.


Plans for 2,000 new homes on green belt next to M6 junction with M69

Plans have been revealed for up to 2,000 homes on the edge of Walsgrave after Rugby Borough Council published its draft development plan.

Coventry Telegraph

Tottenham granted planning permission to build new 61,000-seat stadium

Tottenham Hotspur have been granted planning permission by Haringey Council for the club's revised proposal for a new stadium.


Government announces radical package of measures to tackle homelessness

New measures to help tackle homelessness and ensure that there is a strong safety net in place for the most vulnerable people in society.

UK Government

Government respond to PDR consultation

The government has responded to the consultation for amendments to permitted development rights for petroleum exploration site investigation and monitoring.

UK Government

Enhanced fees response and consultation on further fee proposals

The government has issued its response to a consultation on court and tribunal fee proposals.

UK Government