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England round-up: Planning ‘essential’ for successful future, says RTPI; Government too 'dependent' on private developers to meet housing demand

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 29 April-5 May, 2017

RTPI: Planning ‘essential’ for successful future

The RTPI has called on the next government to create an inclusive, economically successful and resilient society with jobs, homes and infrastructure where they are needed after Brexit through planning, while the TCPA has called for an effective land value capture mechanism to pay for necessary infrastructure.

The Planner

Government too dependent on private developers to meet housing demand, says PAC

The government remains dependent on the existing market and private developers to meets its target of delivering a million homes during this Parliament, despite acknowledging England’s housing market is broken, said the Public Accounts Committee.

The Planner

Report: Planning system delays frustrating small builders

Small firms are being driven away from housebuilding because of delays and rising costs in the planning system, a new report has claimed.

The Planner

Neighbourhood Planning Bill passes into law

The House of Commons and the House of Lords have agreed on the wording and provisions in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, which has now received Royal Assent.

The Planner

Crossrail 2 ‘must be fast-paced for sake of London’s growth’

Crossrail 2 must be fast-tracked after the election for the sake of London’s future growth, business leaders have said.

Evening Standard

Two people discovered living in ‘bed in a shed’ in garden

Enforcement action is being taken against a ‘bed in a shed’ in Cambridge that has been let out to tenants for FOUR years without planning permission.

Cambridge News

Khan washes his hands of Met Line extension 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has washed his hands of the Metropolitan Line extension. The future of the multimillion-pound scheme was in doubt after Khan omitted it from the TfL draft business plan in December.

Watford Observer

Labour vows to ‘call time on bad landlords’ with housing pledge 

Renters in England are paying £800 million every month to live in homes that are classified as “non-decent” by the government, according to research by the Labour Party.

The Guardian

Thousands more homes could be built in Sherborne

Nearly 3,000 new homes could be built in Sherborne over the next two decades, according to West Dorset District Council.

Somerset Live

Garden centre supplier lodges plans for expansion

A family-owned Guildford horticultural business is hoping to significantly expand its operations with plans lodged for a new development in the Surrey town.

Insider Media

Town halls buy back Right-to-Buy homes

Councils have spent millions buying back homes they sold at a discount under Right-to-Buy laws to meet housing shortages.

BBC News

TfL contribute £1.1 million to the Abbey Wood Station works

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed its £1.1 million contribution to the improvement works in and around Abbey Wood Station and the Harrow Manorway Flyover.

Bexley Times

30% respond to affordable homes survey in Alderley Edge

Thirty per cent of local residents sent a housing needs survey to complete by Cheshire East Council as they were seeking more detail about the current and future affordable housing needs within Alderley Edge Parish.