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England round-up: Pavement licences to be extended; Land task force established in West Midlands

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 6 March-12 March, 2021

Johnson seeks to improve transport connectivity across UK

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a series of measures intended to boost transport connectivity across the UK, including improving rail connectivity between the north coast of Wales and England.

The Planner

Covid-19: Pavement licences to be extended

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed the extension of temporary pavement licences for another 12 months as part of plans to help the hospitality industry and high streets to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Planner

Land task force established in West Midlands

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has launched a task force to investigate how to unlock publicly owned land for regeneration.

The Planner

Fall in delivery of bungalows as demand rises

Research suggests there has been a rise in the number of over-65s who would consider moving to a bungalow – but also that only 1,833 bungalows were built in 2020, equating to 1 per cent of the homes built in 2019/20.

The Planner

MMC research themes set out by Homes England

Government housing agency Homes England has finalised the research themes for its six-year, 1,800-home Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) research commission.

The Planner

Review on data for housing and planning sectors published

The Geospatial Commission has published an independent Planning and Housing Landscape Review that takes stock of how relevant housing data is being accessed and used.

The Planner

Government sets out second round of Green Recovery Challenge Fund

The government has announced the second round of its £40 million Green Recovery Challenge fund for environmental charities and their partners across England. The fund seeks to retain and create jobs while restoring nature and tackling climate change.

The Planner

London lighting coordinating strategies need rethinking

Local authorities should develop their own lighting strategies including giving town centre managers more responsibility for coordinating public and private lighting, according to a think tank report.

Facilitate Magazine

Council serves enforcement notice to move caravans off green belt land

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has served an enforcement notice to remove caravans that have illegally set up home in Bulkington.

Coventry Telegraph

Council to ask secretary of state to ‘intervene’ after local plan is rejected

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council is poised to ask the secretary of state to intervene after the Planning Inspectorate stonewalled its draft local plan.

In Your Area

Work to begin on four new cycling infrastructure projects in London

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and TfL have announced that construction work is to begin on four major new cycling infrastructure projects across the capital this month.

Bike Biz

Developers want to build 290 homes at Bird in Eye Farm

Developers are seeking a screening opinion for up to 290 homes at Bird in Eye Farm, south of Bird in Eye Hill, Uckfield.

Uckfield News

Budock housing plans approved

A development of 133 homes has been granted planning permission despite concerns about plans to narrow a road to create a new footpath.

Cornish Stuff

Mayor of London publishes new London Plan 

The new London Plan has been published and adopted.


Business evictions ban extended

A ban on business evictions has been extended, in a move that is expected to leave commercial property landlords disappointed but a number of tenants breathing a sigh of relief.

London Evening Standard

£5m boost for local authorities to tackle air pollution

Local authorities across England have been granted more than £5 million in government funding to deliver innovative projects to improve air quality.

UK Government

Second Black Country council backs plan for thousands of homes on Shropshire green belt

Walsall Council has followed Dudley in submitting an objection to Shropshire Council’s local plan – on the grounds it does not do enough to help the Black Country councils deal with their lack of land for housing development.

Shropshire Council