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England round-up: PINs accused of climate change 'failure'; UNESCO strips Liverpool of World Heritage Site status

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A round-up of planning news in England: 17 July-23 July, 2021

PINs accused of 'serious failure' over climate policy in Stansted challenge

Uttlesford District Council is accusing the Planning Inspectorate (PINs) of "a serious failure to understand" climate change policy with its approval of Stansted Airport’s expansion, according to legal papers lodged in the High Court.

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UNESCO strips Liverpool of World Heritage Status

Liverpool has been stripped of its World Heritage Site status. The decision to delete Liverpool was made at a UNESCO meeting in China, where delegates voted 13 to five in favour of the recommendation.

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MPs denounce government’s ‘levelling-up’ agenda

The government’s levelling-up agenda risks becoming an “everything and nothing policy”, according to MPs.

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Transport for the North hits out as key HS2 extension is halted

Transport for the North is warning that major rail projects in the north of England will be “back on the drawing board” and damage the government’s levelling-up agenda if work on a key extension to HS2 remains halted.

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Planning is 'essential' to children's recovery after Covid-19

Planners should engage children and young people at an early stage within policies, plans and developments rather than seeing them as an ‘add-on’ later, according to RTPI guidance.

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Applications submitted for major scheme near Sittingbourne

Two planning applications for a major scheme near Sittingbourne, including a new junction on to the M2, have been submitted to Swale Borough Council.

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Bucks enforcement reclaims £59,000 costs from property owner

Buckinghamshire Council’s planning enforcement team has successfully secured the clear-up of unsightly clutter and removal of an illegal extension in the garden of a property in High Wycombe.

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Digital consultation launched on Oxford-Cambridge Arc

A major digital consultation into the long-term development of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc has been launched by the government, which also announced that an expert panel will advise on sustainable economic and housing growth.

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RTPI chief executive takes on Office for Place role

Victoria Hills, the chief executive of the RTPI, has become a member of the advisory board of the government’s new Office for Place.

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Government changes planning policy to encourage beautiful places

The government has amended national planning policy in England to enhance the role of high-quality design and beauty in decisions about development.

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Betts hits out at lack of detail in government planning proposals

The chair of the Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has lambasted the government for failing to give enough details of how its forthcoming planning reforms will work in practice.

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Coventry submits plans for UK’s first gigafactory

Coventry City Council has entered into a joint venture partnership to bring forward proposals for the UK’s first electric battery gigafactory.

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Watchdog barks at government’s net-zero approach

Local authorities in England are struggling to engage with the government on the transition to net-zero as ministers have yet to clarify local government responsibilities for delivering targets or determine which should be on a statutory footing.

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Waste industry calls for planning reforms to support green recovery

Planning reforms must support the UK’s green recovery by backing the development of circular economy infrastructure, according to the waste and recycling industry.

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Planning Inspectorate charts route out of lockdown

Plans to resume in-person events have been unveiled by the Planning Inspectorate (PINs) as it charts a route out of lockdown for its operations.

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Lower Thames Crossing’s costs jump by £363m

The bill for the Lower Thames Crossing has leapt by £363 million and could rise even further, according to the Office for Road and Rail (ORR).

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England’s northern towns ‘fight back’ after Covid-19 crisis

Northern towns are facing ‘seismic’ changes, with Covid-19 and lockdowns making a huge impact on the retail sector as shifting working patterns and social distancing measures become the norm for millions of people, according to research.

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Carbis Bay Hotel works still await planning decision

The controversial planning application from Carbis Bay Hotel to retain buildings from the G7 is gathering hundreds of objections while a decision from the council is still not forthcoming.

Cornish Stuff

Residents object to third snail farm application for Ribble Valley site

Concerned residents have again raised objections to proposals for a snail farm and new holiday accommodation in a Ribble Valley village.

Lancashire Evening Post

Landlord wins planning appeal over rejected Calne HMO bid

A planning inspector has ruled in favour of a landlord’s appeal for a housing multiple occupants (HMO) bid rejected by Wiltshire Council.

Gazette and Herald

Planning apps submitted to restore the town's historic yards

Planning applications have been submitted in a bid to restore Darlington’s historic yards to their former glory.

Darlington Borough Council

Calls to ease stringent planning restrictions in Castleton

Residents of a historic high moorland village are pressing for stringent rules over minor changes to their properties to be relaxed, saying they create a “ludicrous” situation where next-door neighbours have different rights over basic repairs to their properties and access to technology.

Whitby Gazette

Enforcement action mooted over plans to turn stables into ‘party house’

Planning enforcement officers are being urged to crack down over changes to a historic Marske Hall stables in the Yorkshire Dales which has been linked to 95 per cent of the world’s thoroughbred racehorses, amid claims it is being transformed into a “party house”.

Yorkshire Post

Wind targets will be hot air, thanks to inefficient planning

The inefficient planning process is hobbling attempts to quadruple Britain's offshore wind energy capacity.


Planning approval for Sheffield housing scheme

Planning approval has been secured for a new housing development in Sheffield.

Insider Media Limited 

Birkenhead School submits plans to unlock sporting future

Two planning applications have been submitted to Wirral Council that could collectively deliver £4 million of investment into the sporting futures of young people in Wirral.

Wirral Globe

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