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England round-up: Reliance on traditional building methods will see government miss housing target; APPG discusses collaboration in neighbourhood planning

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 29 June-5 July, 2019

Reliance on traditional building methods will see government miss housing target

The government has been warned that an ‘over-reliance’ on traditional building methods will prevent it from meeting its delivery target of 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.

The Planner

APPG discusses collaboration in neighbourhood planning

Collaboration and inclusivity were the key themes discussed at the latest All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Planning meeting facilitated by the RTPI.

The Planner

Mayors need more powers to deliver housing and jobs – report

Lord Heseltine argues that because much of England ‘remains constrained by Whitehall’s dead hand of centralism’, metro mayors must gain more powers over housing, schools and jobs to transform cities.

The Planner

RTPI announced as a member of the High Streets Task Force

High streets minister Jake Berry has launched the High Streets Task Force. The RTPI has been confirmed as one of the expert organisations on the consortium.

The Planner

RTPI president says North York Moors mine sets benchmark for sustainability 

RTPI president Ian Tant visited the North York Moors as part of his recent two-day presidential trip to Yorkshire.

The Planner

Scunthorpe United prepare for new stadium after delay that cost club ‘millions’

Scunthorpe United FC have received planning consent for a £30 million redevelopment of their existing stadium almost a year after submitting plans to North Lincolnshire Council in August 2018. 

The Planner

New office block approved in Worthing

Worthing Borough Council has given the go-ahead to a new town centre office block that is expected to provide more than 800 jobs.

The Planner

£31m funding awarded to Coventry as it prepares to be UK City of Culture

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has given the go-ahead for funding as Coventry gets ready for its role as the United Kingdom’s City of Culture in 2021. 

The Planner 

Younger generations now more unlikely to climb the property ladder

Young people today are ‘half as likely’ to own a home as they were 20 years ago, while existing homeowners are finding it harder to move, according to a report by the Local Government Association (LGA). 

The Planner

Sector deal for tourism announced

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that a nationwide tourism sector deal has been agreed, which includes delivering 130,000 hotel rooms.

The Planner

£15m fund will use historic buildings to transform high streets

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has announced the Transforming Places Through Heritage fund, which aims to reinvigorate England’s high streets and town centres into thriving hubs of community through the redevelopment of local historic buildings.

The Planner

Enforcement action launched against Bournemouth hotel

Bournemouth Borough Council action has been served on a troubled Bournemouth hotel premises after years of issues

Bournemouth Echo

New M42 tunnel plan revealed for Tamworth

Under new consultations put forward by transport secretary Chris Grayling, a new tunnel system, set to go under the M42 at junction 10, could put paid to more than four-and-a-half years of traffic trouble on roads such as the A5.

Staffordshire Live

Rail minister ‘supports aspiration’ of £2bn Midlands rail hub

Rail minister Andrew Jones has welcomed Midlands Connect’s £2 billion Midlands rail hub proposals to radically transform connections between the East and West Midlands.

Infrastructure Intelligence

Crossrail chair replaced by former Shell boss at infrastructure group

The former boss of projects at oil giant Shell is the new head of the Infrastructure Projects Authority, taking over from Crossrail chairman Tony Meggs.


Brokenshire calls for a local government green paper

The next prime minister must produce a green paper to look afresh at local government, the communities secretary has said.

Public Finance

Funding boost for high streets and town centres 

Four local communities are to receive a funding boost of a share of over £100,000 to help make their areas more attractive for business, high streets minister Jake Berry has announced.

UK Government

Quartermain letter about neighbourhood planning (pdf)

England's chief planner Steve Quartermain has announced the funding arrangements for local planning authorities to support neighbourhood planning.

UK Government