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England round-up: Outline permission for Derby homes granted; October sees rise in values of construction contracts awarded

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 23 November-29 November, 2019

Outline permission for Derby homes granted

Derby City Council has granted outline planning approval for up to 800 homes and full planning permission for 245 homes.

The Planner

October sees rise in values of construction contracts awarded

Construction contract values awarded totalled £4.9 billion in October 2019, based on a three-month rolling average – an increase of 4.1 per cent on September 2019.

The Planner

RTPI: Planners ‘crucial’ to building council homes

Planners’ skills such as plan-making and facilitating public engagement have a key role to play as local authorities look to build more housing.

The Planner

News report: Is UK planning leaving children behind?

A newly published RTPI report finds that the UK’s planning systems make little accommodation for children and young people. Jack Osgerby and Simon Wicks report.

The Planner

Milton Keynes plan wins big at South East regional awards

A new local plan for Milton Keynes, providing for thousands of new homes, community facilities and green infrastructure, has won top prize at the RTPI South East Region Awards for Planning Excellence 2019.


Decision on extension of Thanet offshore wind farm delayed

A decision on whether to allow the extension of a wind farm off the coast of Thanet has been delayed after energy secretary Andrea Leadsom requested more information.

Kent Online

Work on affordable housing begins

Work to construct new affordable housing on a site that has been derelict for more than 10 years has started.

Insider Media

HS2 could reduce number of fast trains in Coventry

A document setting out Warwickshire's rail strategy for the coming years reveals early indications suggesting that the frequency of fast trains between Coventry station and London Euston would reduce from the current three per hour, to two, after HS2.

Coventry Live

Homelessness targets missed despite multimillion budget in West Mids

Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Solihull and Coventry are all below target for the first year of the £9.6 million Housing First scheme, which was set up to help tackle the region’s ongoing homelessness crisis.

Coventry Live

Plans in for employment development

An outline application has been submitted for the development of up to 325,000 square feet of employment space in Billingham.

Insider Media

Notts woman ordered to pay £1,300 for flouting planning notice

A woman who built flood defences to protect a paddock while increasing the risk to neighbouring homes has been ordered to pay more than £1,300 by a court.


Council launches local plan consultation

Copeland residents have the chance to help shape the future of the borough as part of a newly launched consultation for the review of its local plan.

Cumbria Crack

Planning permission for new Dudley leisure centre expected soon

Councillors have been recommended to approve the construction of a two-storey venue on a car park between Martin Hill Street and Constitution Hill, which will go before Dudley council's development committee next week.

Express and Star

Council in Andover golf course planning dispute

A planning dispute over the construction of a golf course saw an official inquiry begin this week. Legal representatives of Test Valley Borough Council aimed to continue a planning enforcement order served against appellant Simon Nelson.

Romsey Advertiser