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England round-up: Planning reforms will give councillors power over what and where to build, says Jenrick; Wildlife groups get £2m funding to tackle climate emergency

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 3 July-9 Jul, 2021

Jenrick: Planning reforms will give councillors power over what and where to build

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has said that the intent of the proposed planning reforms is to give councillors the control over what to build and extend participation in the planning system to everyone from a smartphone.

The Planner

Wildlife groups get £2m funding to tackle climate emergency 

The Wildlife Trusts has received almost £2 million of funding from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for 12 new recovery projects to tackle the climate and nature emergency.

The Planner

Peatland restoration grants announced

The first round of discovery grants to help support the development of projects that seek to restore peatland systems to a natural and healthy state across the country have been launched by Natural England.

The Planner

New design guide for Bournville

Bournville Village Trust has launched a new design guide that seeks to conserve and enhance one of Birmingham’s ‘greenest’ suburbs.

The Planner

Campaigners set out tests for planning bill

Six tests have been identified to ensure that people and nature remain part of the planning system.

The Planner

Planning reforms will help achieve net-zero target

The government has been urged to “press ahead” with its planning reforms if it is to meet its net-zero target.

The Planner

First Homes available for key workers in Cannock

The government has announced that families and key workers will benefit from First Homes made available in Cannock, Staffordshire, this week.

UK Government

Developers win approval to cut affordable housing quota

A developer has won permission to reduce the number of affordable homes on part of a major housing project, but Telford and Wrekin Council committee members admitted they were reluctant to agree.

Shropshire Star

Approval for workspace facility in Jaywick Sands

A project to build a workspace facility, covered market and community garden in Jaywick Sands has taken a step forward after being granted planning permission.

Tendring District Council

National park issues statement on enforcement notice

The Peak District National Park Authority has issued a statement clarifying that an enforcement notice concerns the erection of a substantial wooden building (currently in use as a café) and construction of a tarmac-surfaced car park and associated driveway at Thornbridge Hall & Gardens. These were erected without permission.

Peak District National Park

Plan for up to 39 new homes in Five Ash Down

Plans have been submitted for up to 39 new homes on land behind The Walled Garden in Five Ash Down in Uckfield.

Uckfield News

Plans to build 204 homes on former quarry refused

Councillors in Mansfield have refused plans to build up to 204 homes on a former stone quarry described by conservationists as the town’s “little gem”.

West Bridgford Wire

Almost 100 homes approved in Derby 

Almost 100 residential properties have been approved as part of a wider regeneration project in Derby.

Insider Media 

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