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England round-up: Number of people on self-build registers grows despite bids to ‘thwart sign-up’; 1,000-home plan submitted for Shropshire power station site

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 18 January-24 January, 2020

Number of people on self-build registers grows despite bids to ‘thwart sign-up’

More than 50,000 people have signed up to Right to Build registers across England, but the National Custom and Self Build Association is concerned that a ‘growing minority” of local authorities are using ‘dirty tricks’ to prevent sign-up.

The Planner

1,000-home plan submitted for Shropshire power station site

Plans to redevelop the Ironbridge power station site in Telford by building up to 1,000 homes and a retirement village have been submitted to Shropshire Council.

The Planner

Milton Keynes aims to accommodate population growth in spatial strategy

Affordable homes, more green spaces and the creation of 120,000 jobs are just a few of the priorities set out in the Milton Keynes Strategy for 2050, which the council has published for consultation.

The Planner

Nominate your Women of Influence for 2020

Who are the women working in and around planning who you think are having a positive impact on individual planners, on planning policy and on the broader planning process? We want to know for our Women of Influence list 2020.

The Planner

Sue Manns: Planning profession must be more diverse

Work to ensure the planning profession becomes 'truly' reflective of society must continue, the new president of the RTPI, Sue Manns, has said in her inaugural speech.

The Planner

RTPI’s new corporate strategy prioritises the climate

The RTPI has launched its new 10-year corporate strategy, which puts climate action at the heart of its activities.

The Planner

RTPI: Government urged to take ‘climate justice’ approach to protect deprived communities

Disadvantaged communities in the UK are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis and the government must respond through a ‘climate justice’ lens to address this.

The Planner

2019 saw increase in Build to Rent homes

The number of Build to Rent homes delivered across UK regions, excluding London, increased by 51 per cent in 2019.

The Planner

Man fined for illegal extension in Barking

A Barking resident has been fined £15,000 for illegally extending his property without planning permission.

The Planner

Flats to replace bungalow on the Isle of Wight

An application to replace a bungalow in Gurnard with four two-bedroom flats over three storeys, one of which will be a loft conversion, has been approved.

On the Wight

Water supply works could start before permission granted

Southern Water says new equipment needs to be installed and operational by the end of February to maintain supplies to Knighton and the surrounding area.

On the Wight

Calls for infrastructure to aid Shrewsbury’s development

A call has been made urging Shrewsbury's MP and Shropshire Council to provide the infrastructure to support the mass development that is under way in the county town.

Shropshire Star

Social club to be replaced by affordable housing

Oxford City Council has decided the fate of Barton Royal British Legion Club. The club on Edgecombe Road is set to be demolished and replaced with affordable homes.


Updated plan to protect south-west rail line unveiled

Network Rail has published updated proposals for a series of potential changes to a section of railway line in South Devon that is bordered by steep cliffs on one side and the sea on the other.

Network Rail

York retailers hit out at Designer Outlet’s expansion plan

City centre retailers have urged the council to support them by rejecting York Designer Outlet’s huge expansion plan.

York Mix

Government launches new building safety measures

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced the creation of a building safety regulator to give ‘effective oversight of the design, construction and occupation of high-risk buildings’.

Facilitate Magazine

Enforcement notice over concrete mixing plant strengthened

Warrington Borough Council has strengthened an enforcement notice served on the owner of a concrete mixing plant built in Woolston without permission.

Warrington Guardian

Fracking firm plans to extend gas well operations

A firm with ambitions to frack for gas under North Yorkshire has had its proposals to extend permissions on its existing conventional gas wells recommended for approval, despite a host of objections.

Yorkshire Coast Radio

Shapps delays decision over HS2 rail line 

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has cast further doubt on whether the government will go ahead with the HS2 rail line by stressing that the problem is about capacity rather than speed and making clear he is examining alternatives.

The Guardian