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England round-up: Permitted development exacerbating housing affordability issues; £1m to revive British coastal heritage

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 23 November-30 November, 2018

Permitted development exacerbating housing affordability issues

Communities have missed out on 10,500 affordable homes as a result of permitted development rights, the Local Government Association has said.

The Planner

RTPI makes inclusivity commitment

The RTPI has committed to increase the diversity of the planning profession. It said the profession should be more representative of the communities it serves.

The Planner

Khan missing affordable housing target

Fewer than 5,500 affordable homes were completed in London in 2017/18, according to the London Assembly Housing Committee.

The Planner

20,000 social homes sold last year - stats

In 2017/18 there were 20,891 sales of social housing dwellings, statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have suggested.

The Planner

£1m to revive British coastal heritage

The government has pledged almost £1 million to a coastal revival fund that aims to restore coastal landmarks and promote economic growth in communities around the British coastline.

The Planner 

10-year infrastructure pipeline set out

The government has published its 2018 National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, which is projected to be worth £600 billion over the next 10 years.

The Planner

Government bans combustible materials on high-rise homes

The government is banning combustible materials on new high-rise homes and giving support to local authorities to carry out emergency remediation work.

UK Government

Huge plan for more than 2,500 homes in Coventry

Fears have been raised over plans to build up to 2,625 homes on former green belt land in Eastern Green, Coventry.

Coventry Live

Skegby residents object to 325-home plan

Skegby residents have said they will ‘not be bullied by developers’, after objecting to plans for 325 houses on Beck Lane they have labelled ‘inappropriate’.


WMCA unlocks 250-home brownfield scheme

More than 250 new homes will be built in Walsall after the West Midlands Combined Authority awarded £3.6 million to property developer St Francis Group to ‘remediate’ brownfield land on Goscote Lane.

West Midlands Combined Authority

A14 road upgrade reaches halfway point 

A £1.5 billion project that will transform journeys on one of the east of England’s most vital roads has reached the halfway point.

UK Government

40 new electric vehicles for Nottingham can also supply the grid

A fleet of high-tech electric vehicles will soon be on the streets of Nottingham after the council advertised to buy 40 new cars and light vans.

West Bridgford Wire

Local plan proposals will not be published until the summer

Heeding objections that Waverley’s ‘rushed’ Local Plan part two needs more work, the borough council announced it will not go out for final public consultation until summer 2019.

Haslemere Herald 

Progress for London’s 25km super sewer as tunnelling begins

The first of six tunnel boring machines has been switched on and lay the first ring on the 25km ‘super sewer’ to be built in the capital.

Infrastructure Intelligence

Angry clash over garden community bid near HS2 station

Solihull councillors have clashed over plans for new housing near the HS2 Interchange Station amid efforts to secure government support for the development.

Coventry Live

Concerns raised over Telford housing proposal 

A Roman road, a former railway station and abandoned mining tunnels might stand in the way of work to build eight new homes in Telford.

Shropshire Star

Bishop's Stortford St Michael's Hurst application to go before committee

The final stage of Bishop's Stortford's St Michael's Hurst development could see an additional 150 houses being built than was originally envisoned. It is due before East Herts District Council’s planning committee on 5 December.

Hertfordshire Mercury

Bamber Bridge planning inquiry will not be contested by council

A public inquiry into a proposal for more than 250 new homes in Bamber Bridge will go ahead next month – but without the council whose decision to refuse permission for the development is being challenged.

Lancashire Post

Arundel bypass group withdraws Highways legal action

A campaigner has withdrawn her legal action against Highways England, after the body announced a second consultation over its plans for the A27 Arundel bypass.

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