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England round-up: Raab announces review of unauthorised caravan sites law; Land reform could save ‘billions’ for councils building homes, says think tank

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 31 March-6 April, 2018

Raab announces review of unauthorised caravan sites law

Housing minister Dominic Raab has announced that the government will review the law and powers that deal with unauthorised caravan sites and developments.

The Planner

Land reform could save ‘billions’ for councils building homes, says think tank

Reform of the land market could reduce the upfront cost of an affordable housebuilding programme by more than a third, according to cross-party think tank Civitas.

The Planner

Renewable electricity generation on the rise

The UK’s renewable electricity generation in 2017 increased by 18.8 per cent compared with 2016, largely because of increased capacity and higher wind speeds.

The Planner

Farmers now required to protect waterways

New rules have come into force making it mandatory for farmers in England to maintain good practice to protect water quality and prevent water pollution.

The Planner

600 homes approved in Shropshire

Shropshire Council’s North planning committee has approved a development comprising up to 600 homes on land north of Shrewsbury Road in Oswestry.

The Planner

1,000-home urban village proposed for Barking

Weston Homes has announced plans to deliver a £300 million, 1,000-home urban village, together with retail and leisure facilities.

The Planner

£30m for local authorities to address rough sleeping

Housing secretary Sajid Javid has announced a £30 million fund for 2018 to 2019 that is targeted at local authorities with high numbers of people sleeping rough.

The Planner

145 homes for Fordingbridge approved

A major housing development featuring 145 homes in the New Forest has officially been approved by council planners – seven months after a committee decision was made.

Bournemouth Echo

Call for housing developers to reassure buyers on digital connectivity

Housing developers must reassure buyers that their new home will have a digital connection ‘fit for the 21st century’ before completion, council leaders have said.

Yahoo Finance

Council at risk of losing right to turn down major house plans

South Somerset District Council is at risk of losing its ability to turn down large housing developments if the number of successful appeals made against it rises above the government’s target.

Chard and Ilminster News

Company told to remove signs because they ‘spoil’ look of the area

A branding agency has been ordered to remove signs erected at the entrance to its headquarters in Thurnby, after planners ruled that they are ‘detrimental’ to the look of a conservation area.

Leicester Mercury

Housing approval given despite concerns raised

Plans to build a housing development on a former Consett town centre court building have been approved, despite concerns raised by councillors.

The Northern Echo

New crackdown on rogue agents to protect renters

Almost nine million households in England’s private rented and leasehold sectors will benefit from stronger protections against rogue letting and managing agents, the government has announced.

UK Government

Environmental advice on your planning proposals

The government has published an update on how construction and transport developers can get advice on planning applications and nationally significant infrastructure projects.

UK Government

New identity for NW housing associations

Five North West housing associations have joined forces under one brand to operate as a single organisation.

Insider Media

Homes plan for former theme park rejected

Plans for 195 homes on the site of a former theme park have been refused by Chorley Council after failing to get local support.

BBC News

Housing land to be set aside in Derbyshire and Nottingham

Land for up to 17,000 homes is set to be put aside in Derbyshire and Nottingham as ambitious plans linked to the HS2 growth zone move a step closer, according to Derbyshire County Council.

Derby Telegraph

Council HQ plans await government go-ahead

Plans for Warwick District Council’s new headquarters have been put ‘on hold’ pending a government review.

Leamington Observer

Government responds to water resources consultation

The government has published its response to its consultation on developing a national policy statement for water resources and proposed amendments to the Planning Act 2008.

UK Government

‘Trojan’ telephone boxes used to bypass advertising regulations

Newcastle City Council is awaiting news on a ‘huge backlog’ of applications to install telephone boxes across the city from advertising firms which it is claimed are trying to exploit a loophole in the law.

Chronicle Live