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England round-up: Planning system is undermined by deregulation, says TCPA; More than 1,000 ancient woods are under threat

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 11 January-17 January, 2020

Planning system is undermined by deregulation, says TCPA

The planning system has the opportunity to make people’s lives better, but this is being undermined by deregulation and a ‘chronic loss’ of public confidence and trust in it. This is according to a report published by former Labour planning minister Nick Raynsford and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA).

The Planner

More than 1,000 ancient woods are under threat 

New figures have shown that the number of ancient woods under threat in the UK from built development has risen above 1,000 for the first time.

The Planner

Birmingham to limit private cars in the city

Birmingham City Council has published its draft transport plan, which sets out its plans to limit the access private cars have to the city with no through trips.

The Planner

Nottingham approves plan for where homes can be built

Nottingham City Council's full council has given the go-ahead for the adoption of a document that identifies potential sites for development and their uses.

The Planner

Sevenoaks vows not to withdraw plan

Sevenoaks District Council has vowed that it won't voluntarily withdraw its draft local plan, despite a recommendation from a planning inspector to do so.

The Planner

McVey promises cash for garden communities

Housing minister Esther McVey has announced £8 million in funding to help deliver ‘new, better-designed’ homes for communities across England.

The Planner

RTPI and Hong Kong institute strengthen their alliance

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) as the two organisations work to strengthen their relationship.

The Planner

Be a planning radical at The Planner Live

Got something original to say and a burning desire to tell your fellow planners? We’re looking for RTPI members to give five-minute speed presentations at The Planner Live on 29-30 June 2020.

The Planner

New wind farm projects generate ‘significant concerns’

Community leaders are to tell national planning chiefs that proposals for two huge new wind farms off Suffolk will have “significant impacts” on tourism, roads and people.

East Anglian Daily Times

Neighbourhood plan submitted to council

Witley Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to Waverley Borough Council prior to a final public consultation.

Haslemere Herald

Teesside transformation backed by £71m funding

The government has announced that £71 million in new funding will go towards local plans to turn the former site of the SSI Steelworks in Redcar into a huge business zone, home to clean energy, manufacturing and tech companies.

UK Government

2,000-home plan in Stafford approved

Stafford Borough Council has approved a 2,000-home plan for Stafford’s Beaconside. The outline proposals also include two new schools, an elderly living facility with up to 60 beds and a health centre.

Express & Star

Parish councillors oppose retirement homes at ex-police station

Local councillors are opposing an application by a developer to build retirement flats on the site of the former police station at Hythe in Kent.

Advertiser and Times 

Councils outline proposals to tackle city traffic congestion

Plans to reduce congestion on routes into Oxford, improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions will go before county and city councillors next week.

Oxford City Council

Dorset AONB landowner fined for planning breach

A Dorset landowner has been prosecuted and fined for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Dorset Council

Parish councillor resigns after his legal advice is ‘ignored’ 

A parish councillor from near Bridgnorth has resigned – claiming the council is acting "unlawfully" over plans for hundreds of homes.

Shropshire Star

Appeal launched over controversial homes plan near Scunthorpe

Developers looking to build up to 200 homes on the outskirts of Scunthorpe have lodged an appeal after councillors rejected the controversial plans.

Grimsby Telegraph

Improvements needed at Hertsmere planning department

A political leader has said that a “picture is emerging of a failed leadership” after the council was served with dozens of recommendations to improve its planning department.

Watford Observer

Disused reservoir housing scheme set for green light

Plans for an extensive housing scheme on a covered reservoir in North Shields look set to be given the green light when they go before planners next week.

Insider Media

Manchester to review local plan guide

The overarching plan that sets out the guidelines for all development across Manchester will be subject of a major review, the city council has confirmed.

Insider Media