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England round-up: Out-of-date local plans are key barrier to meeting logistics sector needs; Hampshire council to ‘rip up’ its draft plan

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 13 October-19 October, 2018

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Out-of-date local plans are key barrier to meeting logistics sector needs

More than half of local authorities in England think the lack of an up-to-date local plan is an obstacle to meeting the needs of the last-minute logistics sector.

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Hampshire council to ‘rip up’ its draft plan

Fareham Borough Council has said it will tear up its draft local plan because of the new way to calculate housing need introduced in revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework.

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495 homes approved for Ebbsfleet

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s planning committee has approved plans for a 495-home development for the garden city.

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Oxbridge corridor could be worth £400bn post-Brexit, research suggests

Research by planning consultancy Bidwells states that the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Corridor could contribute £400 billion to the economy by 2050.

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RTPI members elected to the Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences announces that four members of the RTPI have been elected as fellows.


Brokenshire writes to councils about borrowing cap

The housing secretary has written to local authorities about the removal of the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap. A document sent with the letter suggests the cap will be lifted on 30 October, the day after the Budget.

UK Government

Forecasters cancel 2019 construction rebound as orders fall

Forecasters have abandoned hopes of a 2.3 per cent rebound in construction growth in 2019 after getting the jitters about falling order levels and Brexit.

Construction Enquirer

Breakthrough for affordable housing as RICS set to amend guidance after High Court case

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said it will address Mr Justice Holgate’s recommendations that its nationally used guidance on viability assessments is revised to stop more cases going before the courts.

Islington Gazette

Communes offer alternative to conventional retirement homes in the capital

Dozens of communal housing schemes for older people are in the pipeline in London, offering an alternative to traditional retirement homes.

Evening Standard

Isle of Wight gains hundreds of new jobs at wind turbine factory

Hundreds of new recruits are to be hired at a wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight amid growing demand for offshore power generation.

The Independent

Homeowner stumped after cutting hole in protected tree

A Girton man has been ordered to pay more than £1,300 after he allowed a protected tree on his property to have a hole cut in it so an electronic gate could be installed.

Cambridge Independent

Arundel bypass plans to go before the public again

Highways England has announced a public consultation to look at all the viable options for one of West Sussex’s busiest stretches of the A27.

Spirit FM 

Hounslow Council to approve plans for securing its 5000 new homes pledge 

Hounslow Council is set to approve its Housing Delivery Plan, which will set out how it intends to deliver its pledge to secure 5,000 new homes by 2022.

Hounslow Council

Council to bring home back into use after nearly 30 years empty

Oxford City Council is refurbishing a four-bedroom home in Rose Hill that has been empty since the death of its owner in 1989.

Oxford City Council

Economic case for One Yorkshire devolution presented to government

Yorkshire council leaders have asked the government to work with them to deliver a One Yorkshire devolution deal that could deliver a £30 billion-a-year boost to the region and the UK.

Leeds City Council

Application submitted for redevelopment of Lord’s stands

A planning application for the redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich Stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground has been submitted to Westminster City Council.

Lord’s Cricket Ground

£248m awarded to reclad 135 unsafe housing blocks

The government has released the first tranche of cash from its £400 million fund to replace unsafe aluminium composite material cladding systems on public high-rise housing in England.

Construction Enquirer

‘Forgotten lands’ to receive forestry boost 

A new project that aims to help landowners create vital new woodland and unlock the economic benefits of forestry has been launched in Cumbria’s ‘forgotten lands’.

UK Government

Crest Nicholson issues profit warning as London’s slow slow

Housebuilder Crest Nicholson has warned that profits will be lower than expected because of slowing sales in London and the South East.

The Guardian

Stratford Neighbourhood Plan to proceed to referendum

The countdown to Stratford’s long-awaited neighbourhood Development Plan referendum has begun after Stratford District Council gave the go-ahead for it to proceed to a public vote next month.

Stratford Herald