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England round-up: PINS issues Covid-19 advice; Leeds flood scheme to go ahead

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 14 March-20 March, 2020

Planners ready to support communities and businesses amid coronavirus outbreak

RTPI president Sue Manns has urged planners to remain calm and to continue to follow government advice as the UK works to bring the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) under control.

The Planner

PINS issues Covid-19 advice

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has issued guidance about site visits, hearings, inquiries and events in England and Wales amid the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) and the government’s advice on social distancing.

The Planner

Pubs to operate as food takeaways under government response to coronavirus

The government has announced that planning regulations in England will be relaxed so that pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

The Planner

Government acts to protect renters and rough sleepers during coronavirus outbreak

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak renters and landlords will be protected from losing their homes and unmanageable debts. He has also committed funds to protect those who are sleeping rough.

The Planner

RTPI calls for high street experts

An invitation has been extended to planners with specialist knowledge of the high street to apply to share expertise with the High Streets Task Force.

The Planner

High Streets Task Force provides update on coronavirus outbreak

The High Streets Task Force has issued an update regarding its pilot programme amid the continuing Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

The Planner

Shropshire seeks views on growth strategies

Shropshire Council has asked residents living in or near the county’s main market towns for their views on its draft Local Economic Growth Strategies.

The Planner

Leeds flood scheme to go ahead

Leeds City Council has granted planning permission for a scheme to protect Otley from flooding.

The Planner

Government announces £2m air pollution funds

The government has announced that its Air Quality Grant will provide £2.2 million in funding for local authorities across England.  

The Planner

Poll reveals green issues top list of key issues for planning members

Sustainability and the environment are the most important priorities for councillors when making planning decisions and the factor most likely to have increased in importance over the past 12 months, according to a poll.

The Planner

Grand Design home owner loses planning battle with council

The owners of an eye-catching Devon house that featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs have lost a planning battle with the council.

Devon Live

Local people to benefit from construction jobs and training in Birmingham

Local people will have the chance to learn construction skills and gain new jobs at a £67 million development in Birmingham city centre, thanks to a new training hub that opened this week.

West Midlands Combined Authority

TfWM working to keep public transport moving in wake of coronavirus outbreak

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has vowed to focus on keeping safe, clean, and functioning public transport available for those that need it amidst the continuing outbreak of coronavirus.

West Midlands Combined Authority

Hundreds of protestors take part in rally to oppose HS2

On Sunday (March 15) 500 campaigners – many wearing masks of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s face – took part in the ‘Stand for the Trees’ rally through Cubbington and affected woods.

Leamington Observer

Restaurant owners preparing for the ‘last resort’ after application is rejected

Plans to redevelop the site of a Tangmere restaurant have been rejected, leaving the disappointed owners preparing for the “last resort”.

Chichester Observer

More Crossrail delays from coronavirus are ‘inevitable’

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said it is “inevitable” that the coronavirus outbreak would further delay the opening of Crossrail.

City AM

Green light for 150MW UK battery giant

Energy storage developer Penso Power has won necessary approvals to install a 150MW battery near Swindon, south-west England, the largest project of its kind in Europe.


Public inquiry to be held over de-registration of common land

A public inquiry will take place over controversial plans to de-register a piece of land in Durham city.

Chronicle Live

Anger as council ends turbines legal battle

A council has ended its legal battle against plans to build two controversial wind turbines near the north Norfolk coast.

North Norfolk News