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England round-up: Planning investment required to deliver climate action, says RTPI; MPs to examine PDRs

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 20 March-26 March, 2021

RTPI reiterates value of chartered status for senior officers in wake of Liverpool City Council announcement

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has voiced the institute’s frustration following local government secretary Robert Jenrick’s decision to consult on the appointment of commissioners for overseeing parts of Liverpool City Council. Hills has again called for politicians to “better understand the planning system and the role of planners”.

The Planner

RTPI: Planning investment required to deliver climate action

An investor programme that covers the whole of the UK is needed to enable local authority-cross department collaboration to address the climate crisis.

The Planner

MPs to examine PDRs

The Housing, Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has declared that it will examine the government’s approach to permitted development rights (PDR) in England.

The Planner

Government outlines ‘low-carbon’ sector deal for oil and gas industry

The UK Government has set out a ‘landmark’ North Sea Transition Deal with the oil and gas industry as it seeks to make sure that “high-skilled oil and gas workers and the supply chain will not be left behind in the transition to a low-carbon future”.

The Planner

Bradford council plans a new Northern Powerhouse station

The leader of the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council has announced that the site of the city’s St James’s Wholesale Market is the planned location for a new Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) station.

The Planner

MPs join calls for action to address older people’s housing and care

The government must as a priority improve the housing and care options for older people, say a cross-party group of MPs and leaders from academia, finance, local politics, and housing.

The Planner

Dartmoor line set to reopen with £40.5m Restoring Your Railway Fund 

The government has announced a £40.5 million Restoring Your Railway Fund to reopen the line between Exeter and Okehampton in the south-west of England.

The Planner

RTPI World Town Planning Day competition winners announced

The winners of the RTPI World Town Planning Day competition for 2020 have been announced by President Wei Yang FRTPI.


Raft of measures to prepare seaside resorts for summer

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has announced measures to support a safe and successful reopening of high streets and seaside resorts ahead of summer.

UK Government

Campaigners hit out at councils over Shropshire green belt housing demands

Campaigners fighting to protect Shropshire's green belt from large-scale housing development have hit out at two Black Country councils that are pushing for thousands of homes to be built there.

Express & Star

Council seeks views on how to involve local people in the planning process

Oxford City Council has begun a public consultation over the way it involves local people in the planning process.

Oxford City Council

Committee decision must be retaken

Ealing Council’s monitoring officer has advised the chair of the planning committee that the decision taken by the planning committee held on Wednesday, 10 March 2021 cannot stand.

Ealing Council

First modular homes arrive in Northstowe new town

The first modular homes have arrived at a new development on the back of a lorry almost fully constructed.

In Your Area

Green belt housing could ‘blur line’ between Bradford and west Leeds

A west Leeds councillor has criticised plans from Bradford City Council that could see green belt land between Bradford and Pudsey turned into housing.

West Leeds Dispatch

50,000 households to get greener homes in £562 million boost

A nationwide home upgrade would help households to save up to £450 a year on their energy bills and support around 8,000 green jobs annually, according to the government.

UK Government

Amendment to save leaseholders from fire safety bills rejected

Hundreds of thousands of leaseholders living in unsellable and potentially dangerous high-rise homes could be left with fire safety bills of up to £100,000 each after MPs voted against a proposal to protect them from the crippling costs.

The Guardian

Revamping mayor’s Land Fund could boost housing investment pot

A report by campaigning business group London First and professional services firm PwC has called for a new, three-step approach to boosting the Greater London Authority’s Land Fund to help secure additional investment and accelerate housing development in the capital.

London First