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England round-up: Parliamentarians warn of Brexit disaster for homes and infrastructure; Bath drops park-and-ride scheme after public outcry

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 8 July-14 July, 2017

St Albans strategic plan scuppered by duty to cooperate verdict

The High Court has thrown out St Albans District Council’s strategic plan over a failure to fulfil its duty to cooperate with neighbouring authorities.

The Planner

Parliamentarians warn of Brexit disaster for homes and infrastructure

Brexit could prove disastrous for delivering new homes and infrastructure unless the construction industry can draw on EU workers while training the UK’s domestic workforce, MPs have claimed.

The Planner

Bath drops park and ride scheme after public outcry

Controversial plans for a park-and-ride scheme to the east of Bath have been dropped as the local authority moved to rethink its planning of transport improvements.

The Planner

RTPI elections open for nominations

Nominations for a number of RTPI board places, including for the General Assembly and the Board of Trustees, are now open.

The Planner

RTPI looking for volunteers

The RTPI is recruiting RTPI dialogue members for its accreditation boards, as well as chairs and representatives for its partnership and accreditation boards.

RTPI website

Liverpool FC submits application for redevelopment of Melwood

Liverpool Football Club have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the club's first-team training ground at Melwood for housing as part of the next step of its relocation to Kirkby.

Sporting Life

Unesco awards Lake District World Heritage site status

The Lake District has joined the likes of the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu by being awarded Unesco World Heritage status.

BBC News

New online maps for local greenspaces

Ordnance Survey has released a comprehensive map of green spaces throughout Great Britain aimed at helping the public and public sector organisations who manage these important spaces.

UK Government

Vehicle to grid technology to receive £20m

The government has announced it will invest £20 million into developing electric vehicles capable of returning electricity to the grid.

UK Government

Draft local plan says 4,356 new homes for Eden

The final draft of the Eden local plan has gone out for consultation, offering residents a last opportunity to give their views on housing numbers, proposed development sites and planning policies which will shape decisions in the district for the next 15 years.

Cumberland & Westmorland Herald

North Herts sets out draft air quality plan

North Hertfordshire District Council has called for views on its air quality plan for reducing emissions in two areas, five years after an Air Quality Management Area was first established in the district. 

Air Quality News

Sadiq Khan attacks Battersea affordable homes decision

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has accused Wandsworth Council of “waving through” a drastic cut in the number of affordable homes at a £9 billion property development.

BBC News

Transport investment boost to apprenticeships

Major investment in road and rail could make up to 35,000 apprenticeship opportunities, the government has claimed.

UK Government

New Highbridge convenience shop plans unveiled by developer 

Revised plans to build a new convenience store in Highbridge have been published by a local property developer.


Dates confirmed for £200m upgrade project at Derby station

UK Network Rail has revealed plans to carry out a £200 million railway technical upgrade in the area surrounding Derby station next year, in partnership with CrossCountry and East Midlands Trains.  


First turbine for Blyth wind farm travels up the Tyne

A wind farm development off the coast of Blyth has reached a milestone, with the first turbine foundation making its journey up the River Tyne on route to its final destination.

ITV News

Road widening plans in Shropshire for HS2 traffic

The company building the high-speed railway, which skirts the north-east corner of the county, is consulting on plans to widen roads in Shropshire and says it will work to minimise the impact.

Shropshire Star