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England round-up: North Sea wind farm granted consent; combined authority sets out devolution deals

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 1 August-7 August, 2015

North Sea wind farm granted consent

Energy secretary Amber Rudd has approved the second stage of the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm in the North Sea, doubling the size of the world’s biggest planned offshore wind farm.

The Planner

Combined authority sets out its devolution ‘asks’

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is negotiating with the government on the second stage of its devolution deal.

The Planner 

RTPI holds consultation on code of conduct

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is holding a consultation on the RTPI Code of Conduct and Complaints Procedures.

The Planner 

British Library at St Pancras receives highest listed building status

The British Library at St Pancras has been listed Grade I by heritage minister Tracey Crouch on the advice of Historic England and joins the top 2.5 per cent of listed buildings in England.

British Library

Opinion: The easiest way to solve Britain's housing crisis? Let councils build homes again

Currently, Britain doesn’t have enough homes. Britain is not building enough homes. Britain urgently needs more homes. Those are the facts about an issue that for many years slipped under the political radar.

City Metric 

London's richest borough to move those in temporary housing to cheaper areas

The UK’s most expensive borough to live in, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, plans to send some of its most vulnerable residents to live outside London because the soaring property market means it can no longer afford to house them.

The Guardian 

Response to the Guardian (above story): Moving tenants out of Kensington and Chelsea is the only affordable option

Our decision to look to buy properties outside the borough has been given the full Guardian treatment (Kensington to house vulnerable tenants outside city, 3 August). Your report says we “want” to move those in temporary accommodation to cheaper areas.

The Guardian

The privatisation of cities’ public spaces is escalating. It is time to take a stand - Bradley L Garrett

I was recently sent a link to a YouTube video entitled We Too, in which a trespasser sneaks into the under-construction, 34-storey Lexicon skyscraper near the Silicon Roundabout in London, and pitches a tent on the top floor.

The Guardian 

Young planners recommend public housing delivery agency and duty for councils to deliver homes

A think-tank of young public planners has called for the public sector to be supported in building the new homes required to address the UK housing crisis.


Opinion: Britain’s housing system is an example of just how bad it can get for renters

When a group from a Stockholm tenants’ union came to London to find out about renting in the UK they spoke to renters’ groups and asked about the type of problems renters need help with. When they heard how few rights private renters have in the UK, their mouths dropped open. “But that’s barbaric!” was one response.

The Guardian 

Dudley offices converted into affordable housing after Lloyds investment

A disused office block in Dudley has been given a new lease of life after it was converted into apartments following a £255,000 investment from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Express and Star 

Local Plan: Council likely to consult on site selection this autumn

Cheshire East Council is looking to identify the proposed sites to meet the additional housing requirements for the revised Local Plan in August and September.


Market Bosworth residents get vote on plan for the future

Residents in the market town will be asked if they want Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to use the local development plan to help it decide planning applications in the area.

Hinckley Times 

Crowdfunding website says it wants to democratise planning dispute

A new type of website allowing people to crowdfund legal challenges could be a ‘game changer’ for planning disputes, according to a leading environmental barrister.

BBC News