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England round-up: Planning reforms needed for Northern and Midlands cities to thrive, says report; Barn conversion rule changes will increase pressure on villages, warns LGA

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 17 March-23 March, 2018

Planning reforms needed for Northern and Midlands cities to thrive, says report

If cities in the North and the Midlands are to continue to flourish, planning rule changes are needed, in particular, to permitted development rights, according to a new report.

The Planner

RTPI concerned about councils’ capacity to deliver London Plan

The draft London Plan contains some ‘bold aspirations’ for place-making, according to the RTPI, but the institute is concerned about the capacity of the city’s local authorities to deliver.

The Planner

RTPI receives government funding for bursary scheme

The RTPI’s flagship postgraduate student bursary scheme has received £345,000 in funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The Planner

Barn conversion rule changes will increase pressure on villages, warns LGA

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that rural areas will lose out on investment in affordable housing and infrastructure because of the government’s changes to permitted development.

The Planner

£35m ‘landmark’ Salford building receives green light

Forshaw Land & Property Group is to begin work on a £35 million ‘landmark’ Salford building.

The Planner

Javid announces £300m of housing funding

Housing secretary Sajid Javid has announced that £300 million is to be shared between Greater Manchester, the West of England, and Oxfordshire to deliver ‘thousands of much-needed’ new homes.

The Planner

Government funds councils to tackle homelessness 

Homelessness minister Heather Wheeler has announced that councils across the country are set to receive a share of over £215 million from 2019 to prevent homelessness.

The Planner

Housebuilders say they are on track to deliver one million-home target

Housebuilders have said they are ‘on target’ to deliver the million homes the government challenged it to, but highlighted that ‘negative perceptions make further increases in supply more difficult’.

The Planner

Statistics reveal that Khan will miss affordable homes target

The Mayor of London is set to fall short of his affordable homes target this financial year, according to Greater London Authority (GLA) figures.

The Planner

Greater Manchester publishes land data for housing and jobs

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has published land data for housing and employment developments.

The Planner

Funding for English lakes announced

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Natural England and the Environment Agency have launched a £27 million scheme that aims to improve England’s water environment.

The Planner

Government offers free advice on neighbourhood planning

Housing minister Dominic Raab has announced that communities across England will be able to get free access to expert advice and guidance to help make their neighbourhood vision a reality.

The Planner

Trudi Elliott joins the Planning Inspectorate

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced that the new independent chairperson of the Planning Inspectorate board will be Trudi Elliott, the outgoing chief executive at the RTPI.

The Planner

UK offshore wind industry reveals 2030 plans

The UK offshore wind industry has said it will work with the UK Government on a transformative sector deal that could deliver thousands of additional skilled jobs in coastal areas and export opportunities by 2030.

The Planner

Council launches £4m housing company

A Dorset council has set up its own housing company as part of a move to build 20,000 homes in the county by 2033.

Insider Media

Deliveroo told to close its ‘dark kitchen’ in Hove

Deliveroo has been told to close down its ‘dark kitchen’ in Hove because it breaches planning regulations.

Brighton and Hove News

New rail freight depot in Leicestershire would create 8,400 jobs 

Developers have revealed more than 8,000 jobs could be created by a 440-acre industrial complex and rail freight terminal off the M69 in Leicestershire.

Leicester Mercury

Developer lodges appeal to build 200 homes in Stafford

An appeal has been lodged by developer Gladman Land after it plans to build more than 200 homes were rejected.

Express and Star

Developer drops appeal over 138 Melton homes

A public inquiry due to get under way in May over controversial plans to build 138 homes in Melton has been dropped after developers withdrew the appeal.

East Anglican Daily Times

Rescheduled dates announced for A303 Stonehenge consultation

Highways England has rearranged two consultation events for the A303 Stonehenge scheme cancelled due to severe weather. 

UK Government

Row over sites for 300 Witley homes

Concerns raised by the Witley Neighbourhood Plan team have resulted in the parish council handing responsibility for where 480 new homes should be built back to Waverley Borough Council.

Haslemere Herald

Taunton Deane-West Somerset merger backed by Javid

The merger of Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Council has been approved by a government minister.

Somerset County Gazette