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England round-up: Record number of applications submitted in July; Council backs LDO for district heating

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 15 August-21 August, 2020

Record number of applications submitted in July

New statistics have shown that 59,000 planning applications were submitted online from across England and Wales in July.

The Planner

Council backs LDO for district heating

The planning committee at East Devon District Council has unanimously voted to adopt a local development order (LDO) for district heating networks in the west end of the district.

The Planner

South Downs sets out nature recovery plan

The South Downs National Park Authority and its partners have set out a masterplan that aims to boost nature and drive a green economic recovery from Covid-19.  

The Planner

Work suspended on London airport

London City Airport has announced it will suspend work on extending its terminal as it re-evaluates the time frame for its development programme as a result of Covid-19.

The Planner

West Midlands seeks more powers to aid Covid-19 recovery

Council leaders in the West Midlands, and the mayor of the region’s combined authority, have called on the government to devolve more powers to aid its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Planner

Proposals for Liverpool docks site submitted

A planning application for the redevelopment of a site next to Liverpool’s Stanley Dock has been submitted to the city council.

The Planner

Mixed-use scheme in west London approved

Ealing Council has granted planning permission for a mixed-used development in Trumpers Way, Hanwell.

The Planner

Parliamentary taskforce issues call for evidence on improving suburban areas

The Suburban Taskforce has launched a 'call for evidence' in support of creating a suburban renaissance across the country.  

The Planner

Leeds pathology unit approved

Leeds City Council has granted outline planning permission for the development of a pathology facility at the St James’s University Hospital.

The Planner

Design guardian appointed for Oxford Street

Westminster City Council has appointed urban design consultancy Publica as design guardian for the public realm in the Oxford Street district.

The Planner

Council approves affordable homes Dover

Dover District Council has approved a £3m project to build 24 affordable homes designed to offer interim accommodation for local people who find themselves temporarily homeless.  

Dover District Council

Spencer Group completes £30m rail project

Hull-based rail infrastructure specialist Spencer Group has completed a £30 million package of capacity enhancement works at Stevenage Station in Hertfordshire.

Insider Media

Tenants to move into brand new council homes in Greenhill

North West Leicestershire District Council has announced that works to build eight new council homes as part of its latest housing project in Greenhill, Coalville, are now complete.

North West Leicestershire District Council

Views sought on Havering plan

Havering Council has launched the final public consultation that will give residents the opportunity to provide their views and feedback on the Havering Local Plan.

Havering Council

Basildon Council agree trial to use aerial drones for planning enforcement 

Aerial drones are set to be used across the Basildon borough to assist the council with planning enforcement cases from next month.

Essex Magazine

Cambridgeshire to benefit from sustainable development initiative

A district level licensing scheme to protect threatened populations of great crested newts is being rolled out in Cambridgeshire.

UK Government

Campaigners against Shropshire homes plan need help with legal fees

A fundraising campaign has been launched by a group aiming to stop 70 homes from being built in the Shropshire Hills.

Shropsire Star