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England round-up: PINS to hold digital hearing; Hills asks Jenrick to legislate for extended planning permissions

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 25 April-1 May, 2020

PINS to hold digital hearing

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has announced that its first pilot digital hearing in England will take place on 11 May.

The Planner

Co-housing scheme wins RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup

A co-housing scheme in Cambridge has been awarded the Silver Jubilee Cup at the 2020 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence, held on YouTube.

The Planner

Hills asks Jenrick to legislate for extended planning permissions

The RTPI has again called on the government to bring forward legislation to extend planning permissions in England that are due to expire during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Planner

Measures needed to safeguard public voice during Covid-19 pandemic

Campaigners have encouraged all local authorities to adopt measures to safeguard the public voice in planning decisions made under temporary legislation meant to enable the planning function to continue during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Planner

Oswestry seeks masterplanner

The Future Oswestry Group has published a tender invitation to produce a masterplan that supports the development and growth of the Shropshire town.

The Planner

Banks Renewables’ wind farms hit energy landmark

Two North East wind farms owned and operated by renewable energy firm Banks Renewables generated enough electricity in 2019 to meet the annual power needs of more than 18,000 homes.

Insider Media

Council investigating work to roof of conservation area building

Bradford Council has said it will investigate whether construction work on a Haworth building breached planning or heritage rules.

Telegraph & Argus

Wirral Council reaffirms commitment to local plan

Plans to progress Wirral’s local plan have been reaffirmed despite the continuing pandemic. A priority is to meet the government’s deadlines on the document and now that the latest phase of public consultation has closed, work is under way to collate the “significant number” of comments and feedback received from interested parties.

Insider Media

Coronavirus pandemic giving ‘unintentional shield’ to HS2 plans

The coronavirus crisis is providing an “unintentional diversionary shield” from plans for HS2, according to Shropshire villagers who are set to be blighted by construction traffic.

Shropshire Star

Plans in for Cambridge homes

Proposals have been submitted to develop land in Cambridge into more than 100 new homes. The site – Digital Park on Station Road in Longstanton – was once a ‘reserve’ area for the Northstowe development.

Insider Media

‘Eyesore’ fence can stay as decision is overturned

A decision to refuse planning permission for an ‘eyesore’ fence has been overturned.

Warrington Guardian