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09/11/2018

England round-up: POCA used to recoup thousands from illegal scrapyard; Waverley wins High Court challenge over local policies

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 3 November-9 November, 2018

POCA used to recoup thousands from illegal scrapyard

The owner of an unauthorised scrapyard in South Staffordshire has been directed to pay a £150,000 confiscation order after failing to comply with an enforcement notice.

The Planner

Waverley wins High Court challenge over local policies

A deputy High Court judge has rejected legal challenges against policies in Waverley Borough Council’s local plan and a secretary of state decision to approve 1,800 homes at Dunsfold Aerodrome.

The Planner

Government to review second home tax rules

The government is going to consult on a business rates ‘loophole’ that it says could be costing councils in England millions in lost council tax.

The Planner

Councils tighten grip on rogue landlords 

Housing minister Heather Wheeler has announced that councils will receive a £2 million fund from the government to tackle rogue landlords.

The Planner

HS2 boss claims line will deliver half-a-million jobs

High Speed 2’s local-led growth strategies will bring forth nearly 500,000 jobs and nearly 90,000 new homes.

The Planner

Enforcement action on garden centre halted by homes plan 

Enforcement action taken against a garden centre for allegedly trading illegally has been put on hold after plans to build 210 homes on the site were announced.

Clacton Gazette

London Underground boss to take the reins at Crossrail in final year

Crossrail Ltd has announced that current chief executive Simon Wright will stand down from his role later this month and be replaced by London Underground’s managing director Mark Wild.

Infrastructure Intelligence

Norfolk applications decided 450 miles away

Staff shortages mean that planning decisions affecting local communities in Norfolk are being made by a private firm 450 miles away.

Eastern Daily Press

Petition started to support extension of Kirkby Moor wind farm

A petition has been started urging people to support the continual operation of Kirkby Moor wind farm.

The Mail

HS2 rejects claims phase two may not get built (subscription)

HS2 has been forced to deny claims that transport secretary Chris Grayling told rail industry chiefs that phase two may not get built.

Construction News

More choice on living options for older people in Cornwall

As part of a plan to help older people and those in need of care live independent and healthier lives for longer, Cornwall Council said it would create 3,500 ‘Extra Care’ housing units across the county.

Cornwall Council

Plans unveiled for £500m Birmingham Airport investment

Birmingham Airport has unveiled plans for a £500 million investment in the transport hub over the next 15 years which it hopes will increase capacity by five million passengers a year.

Coventry Live

£43m for projects to keep the West Midlands moving

The West Midlands Combined Authority is considering a £43 million investment in 10 congestion-busting projects. The money was announced in the government’s Transforming Cities Fund.

West Midlands Combined Authority

35 new homes to get green light in village 

Housing developer Chandlers Country Homes has submitted an outline planning application to Barrow Borough Council. The greenfield five-acre site off London Road, Lindal-in-Furness, is partly used for allotments at the moment.

The Mail

Brokenshire sets out vision for high streets as vibrant community hubs

The communities secretary has set out his plans for tackling social problems linked to declining high streets.

UK Government

Sheffield social enterprise to deliver £3m to creative projects 

Sheffield-based social enterprise Key Fund has been selected to distribute the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund to creative organisations that provide a meaningful social impact in their local communities.

UK Government

Persimmon boss to leave after ‘distraction’ over pay

The boss of housebuilder Persimmon, Jeff Fairburn, has been forced out after a row over his £75 million pay award.

BBC News

Nuneaton and Bedworth to expand affordable housing programme

At a council cabinet meeting, a mandate was made to expand the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s new-build programme to help meet the demand for affordable housing.

Nuneaton & Bedroom Borough Council

Community group takes on Patterdale housing affordability

A group of local people in Glenridding and Patterdale are finding solutions to housing problems in the parish.

Cumbria Crack

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