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England round-up: Nimbyism spurs 1.9 million objections; New build starts fall; Poll shows climate change is election factor

Words: The Planner
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A round-up of planning news in England: 26 October-1 November, 2019

Nimbyism spurs 1.9 million objections since 2017

Every planning application in the UK receives 2.2 objections on average, with 1.9 million complaints logged since the start of 2017.

The Planner

New-build starts fall in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The number of new homes in England started in the second quarter of the year has fallen significantly by 10.5 per cent, according to latest figures.

The Planner

Poll shows climate change will be key factor in general election

Most people’s votes in the general election will be influenced by climate change, according to an opinion poll for an environmental law charity.

The Planner

Planning inspectorate recruitment drive begins to pay off

The Planning Inspectorate’s (PINs) recruitment drive has boosted its numbers by 67 inspectors this year and reduced the number of older cases by 50 per cent.

The Planner

Interactive map reveals rapid rate in closure of small music venues

One small music venue has closed every month on average in the UK during the past two years.

The Planner

Government policy changes set back Sheffield Local Plan until 2023

Sheffield City Council’s Local Plan will be delayed until 2023 as it contends with a battery of government changes to national policy and guidance.

The Planner

Fund launched for new generation of development corporations

A £10 million fund to help local authorities develop proposals for up to 10 new communities through development corporations have been launched by the government.

The Planner

Lewes wins government U-turn on housing delivery test

The government has backed down over its housing delivery test for Lewes District Council in the face of a legal challenge by the local authority.

The Planner 

Women in Planning expands to East Midlands

Women in Planning, the network that champions gender equality in planning, is launching a new branch in the East Midlands, taking its total number of regional branches across the UK to 14. The free launch event will take place in Nottingham on 14 November. Tickets are available from Eventbrite

Women in Planning

Planning application submitted for new Aldi in Spennymoor

Plans have been submitted for a new food store at a shopping precinct in a County Durham town.

The Northern Echo 

Planning for Printworks Manchester submitted

DTZ Investors has submitted planning for a £9 million major refurbishment of the iconic Printworks Manchester.

BDC Magazine

New planning application could put more houses on controversial village site

Consultations will close soon on the third round of a highly complex and controversial planning application to put an estate of new houses in a rural Barnsley village.

The Star

Thackeray Estate gets planning permission for grade II listed care home

Planning permission has been granted to develop a grade II listed building in Fulham, London, into a state-of-the-art care home.

Property Week

AirB&B installed in shipping container without planning permission criticised by councillors

An AirB&B with no planning permission in a converted shipping container has been labelled ‘an abomination’ by councillors.

Lincolnshire Live

‘Wem groundworks are breach of planning law’ says councillor

The construction of swales at a proposed housing development in Wem has been branded as a “serious breach of planning law” by one town councillor.

Whitchurch Herald