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England round-up: Planning reforms ‘will upgrade tech’ and ‘consult communities from the start’ vows Jenrick; Built environment reacts to reforms

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 1 August-7 August, 2020

Planning reforms ‘will upgrade tech’ and ‘consult communities from the start’

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick’s planning reforms promise that local communities will be consulted from the beginning of the planning process, every area will have a local plan in place and a simpler way to secure developer contributions as the government seeks to ensure the ‘sluggish’ planning system provides housing for families, key workers and young people.

The Planner

Reaction: Proposed zonal system is ‘rather simplistic’, says RTPI

The RTPI has welcomed the ‘sensible’ proposal to make the role of chief planner a statutory role in local authorities, but has warned that plans for a zonal system are ‘rather simplistic’.

The Planner

Reaction: Built environment welcomes planning white paper but it is keen for more details

Many of the proposals to reform the planning system have been welcomed by built environment professions, but they have highlighted concerns about scrapping section 106 agreements and the environmental impact assessment, and also local democracy.

The Planner

‘Revised’ standard method in raft of proposed changes to current planning system

A ‘revised’ standard method for calculating housing need is at the heart of interim reforms to the planning system in England proposed by the government ahead of major changes outlined in the Planning for the Future white paper.

The Planner

2,750 homes approved in Lutterworth

Harborough District Council has granted planning permission for 2,750 new homes, community facilities and employment space to the east of Lutterworth and the M1.

The Planner

Birmingham surf facility is approved

North Warwickshire Borough Council’s planning and development board has unanimously granted planning permission for a £25 million surf facility seven miles east of the centre of Birmingham.

The Planner

Plans for Durham business park submitted

Plans for a business park on a 15.5-hectare site in County Durham have been submitted to Durham County Council.

The Planner

Year-on-year decline in construction contract awards

Based on a three-month rolling average, the value of construction contract awards in June was £2.2 billion – 57.3 per cent lower than the same month in June 2019.

The Planner

Mixed-use redevelopment plans for Cleethorpes unveiled

Plans to redevelop a former leisure park into a mixed-use site in Cleethorpes have been revealed.

The Planner

Government urged to invest in active travel to usher in new era

Investment in active travel must enable structural and behavioural changes to become a permanent part of everyday life, say local authority directors.

The Planner

Massive rise recorded in build-to-rent developments

The number of build-to-rent homes under construction or planned across the UK has jumped by 22 per cent against the same period last year, according to the British Property Federation (BPF).

The Planner

Bournville design guide to get 21st century revamp

A pioneering design guide for a Birmingham suburb that helped lay the foundations for the development of garden cities is to be reimagined for the 21st century.

The Planner

Low-carbon city district proposed for Cambridgeshire

The Greater Cambridge Planning Service has put together plans for a new city district in North East Cambridge that is low-carbon with minimal car use.

The Planner

APPG launched to promote housing delivery

MPs from all parties have launched a group to campaign for the delivery of new homes across all tenures.

The Planner

Plans submitted for Nottingham regeneration scheme

Detailed proposals for the first phase of the £650 million Island Quarter development have been lodged with Nottingham City Council.  

The Planner

Enfield hosts competition for intergenerational living

Enfield Council and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing are asking emerging, local and BAME-led architects, designers, community groups and artists to propose innovative ideas for intergenerational living. The deadline for stage 1 – the submission of applications – is today (7 August), while stage 2, a competition for five shortlisted teams, takes place between 17 August and 14 September.

Enfield Council

Consultation launched for Cronton Colliery plans

Plans for a major new employment area and country park on the site of the former Cronton Colliery in Knowsley will be open for public consultation.

Insider Media

Harrogate Kingsley Road homes plan rejected

Plans for a major housing development in Harrogate have been rejected after a year-long campaign by residents.

Stray FM

Major flood alleviation scheme in east Leeds unveiled

A major scheme to protect homes in east Leeds from flooding has opened. The scheme comprises a new flooding control structure and flood storage at Killingbeck Meadows Local Nature Reserve.

Leeds City Council

Green light for housing development at Gosforth

A housing development is set to be built in a Lake District village despite many concerns voiced by neighbours.


Help-to-buy scheme extended

The government has extended the help-to-buy scheme to ensure that customers do not miss out if there has been a delay in construction because of the pandemic.

UK Government

Dealership banned from using former cattle farm 

A dealership in Maidenhead that was illegally selling vehicles from a former cattle farm has had a final injunction issued against it.

Car Dealer

Crossrail bosses saw ‘lack of urgency to finish or manage costs’

Crossrail’s board was concerned about a lack of urgency to complete works or manage costs, according to newly released board minutes.

Construction News