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England round-up: Programme launched in support of local placemaking; Birmingham shatters new homes target

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 8 December-14 December, 2018

Programme launched in support of local placemaking

The RTPI, Local Government Association (LGA), Royal Institute of British Architecture and Chartered Institute of Housing have launched a programme to encourage high-quality placemaking in England.

The Planner

Birmingham shatters new homes target

The number of new homes built in Birmingham during the past three years has exceeded annual targets by 108 per cent.

The Planner 

Massive rise in families in temporary accommodation sparks outrage

Housing professionals have condemned latest government figures for the number of households in temporary accommodation as a ‘national disgrace’.

The Planner 

Homes for England to slash planned homes at Lodge Hill site

Homes for England is proposing to slash by three-quarters the number of homes to be built on a scheme in the Hoo Peninsula in Medway to avoid affecting a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The Planner 

Yorkshire eco-resort hotel green-lit

Doncaster Council’s planning committee has granted planning permission for a 104-bed hotel at the ‘UK’s first’ eco-resort.

The Planner

Indoor snow centre ploughs through

Plans for a £270 million indoor snow centre and leisure centre in Swindon have been approved by Swindon Borough Council’s planning committee.

The Planner

45 new homes approved for Islington estate

Councillors unanimously approved plans to create 45 homes in eight new blocks around Hathersage Court and Besant Court, in Newington Green, consisting of 21 council flats, 21 private properties and three units for shared ownership.

Islington Gazette

‘World-class’ visual arts centre plans revealed

A planning application has been submitted for a new arts centre in Sherborne. It comprises two galleries and a 120-seat auditorium, as well as two additional studios.

Somerset Live

Croxley Green supports neighbourhood plan

Residents have voted for a stronger say over the types of building developments in Croxley Green, with more than 3,000 people voting in the neighbourhood plan referendum.

Watford Observer

Builders return to estate due to be torn down 

Builders have returned to work on a development on Culver Street in Newent due to be bulldozed because it does not have planning permission.

Gloucestershire Live

HÛT wins planning for Clerkenwell roof extension

HÛT Architecture has won planning permission for a commercial extension of a locally listed building in the heart of Clerkenwell.

Architects Journal

Thanet council called in about removal of ‘historically valuable’ shopfront

The owner of a Cliftonville furniture store who removed the property’s display case window, thought to date to the 1920s, says the work was carried out because the structure was ‘dangerous.’

The Isle of Thanet News

Joy for campaigners as Saltwells homes plan is scrapped

Proposals for the nine large homes to be built on the site of Saltwells Nature Reserve were rejected by council officers using delegated powers. 

Express and Star

Appeals lodged against local plan

Waverley leader Julia Potts has condemned taxpayers’ money being spent to defend the borough council’s local plan against fresh legal challenges lodged by Surrey Campaign to Protect Rural England and Protect our Waverley.

Haslemere Herald

Sandown redevelopment plans include hotel

Sandown could be set for a facelift after owner Jockey Club Racecourses unveiled a development plan that includes the addition of a hotel and a refurbished grandstand.

Racing UK

Appeal lodged as town centre bar is ordered to pull down cladding 

A businessman who invested £200,000 in revamping a Leek town centre bar has lodged an appeal after being ordered to tear down the ‘crude’ cladding.

Stoke Sentinel

Developer appointed to deliver education campus in new town

Kier has been appointed by Cambridgeshire County Council to carry out the first phase of the design and construction of its new £45 million Northstowe Education Campus.


Lancashire fracking halted after 1.5 magnitude tremor

Fracking at the UK's only active shale gas site has been suspended after the largest earthquake since the process started in October. 

BBC News

Designs unveiled for the Sandwell Aquatics Centre

Designs for the new £60 million state-of-the-art Sandwell Aquatics Centre have been unveiled and are out for public consultation.

West Midlands Combined Authority

Milestone for A585 bypass plan 

A new dual carriageway in Lancashire is a step closer after the Planning Inspectorate agrees to examine plans. 

UK Government