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England round-up: Research: More than a million approved homes not built; Leeds City Council approves Corn Exchange plans

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

Research: More than a million approved homes not built

Analysis by the Local Government Association has suggested that there are more than one million homes that have been granted planning permission but are yet to be built.

The Planner

Leeds City Council approves Corn Exchange plans

Leeds City Council’s executive board has approved the £21.5 million construction plans to transform the Corn Exchange and surrounding area in Leeds.

The Planner

A2300 gets £17m investment from DfT

The transport minister, Baroness Vere, has announced that communities in West Sussex will benefit from £17 million funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) to improve road journeys on the A2300.

The Planner

Work-shadowing scheme gives young planners taste of life at the top table

This year’s edition of the RTPI’s work-shadowing initiative has kicked off with two young planners gaining a valuable insight into the life of a chief planning officer.


Planning takes centre stage in UN sustainable development declaration

The vital role of planning and of built environment professionals in achieving sustainable urban development features prominently in a declaration signed at the conclusion of the recent UN World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi.


One year on from ‘Rosewell Review’: What have we learnt so far?

Bridget Rosewell CBE, the Planning Inspectorate and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government have hosted an event to mark one year since the publication of the ‘Rosewell Review’.

UK Government

Architect accuses council of scuppering his housebuilding dream

An architect has accused Kirklees Council’s planning department of “shambolic” treatment after his bid to build his family’s “forever home” was scuppered.

Examiner Live

Council warn housing developers not to break planning rules

Harborough District Council has held crunch talks with builders in Market Harborough to warn them not to break planning rules.

Harborough Mail

Initiative launched for Wirral regeneration

An initiative has been launched to help boost the proposed regeneration of the Wirral.

Insider Media

Housing lined up for site of former secure training centre

Plans have been filed for an extensive housing scheme on the site of a former secure training centre in Consett. The plans have been brought forward by Homes England and designed by Ergo Projects.

Insider Media

£90 million to reduce carbon emissions

Households and businesses will benefit from £90 million to cut carbon emissions in industry and homes, energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng has announced.

UK Government

Council selling off land for homes

Parcels of land in Cradley Heath and Oldbury are being sold off by Sandwell Council for people to build homes.

Hereford Times

Pub in Milton Keynes loses planning enforcement fight

A pub has lost its fight with the council over alleged breaches of planning rules. The notice was for putting a shipping container, two portable buildings, a refrigerated unit, a tarpaulin shack and “miscellaneous junk items” at the site without permission.

MK Citizen

New £65 million package for 5G trials

Rural areas will benefit from a series of government-funded trials to help them seize the potential of modern technology, said digital secretary Oliver Dowden.

UK Government

Application submitted for 320 Whitby homes

A planning application has been submitted to Scarborough Borough Council to create 320 new homes in Whitby.

Yorkshire Coast Radio

Planning update for Northampton

Councillors met this week to determine a series of planning applications in Northampton.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Approval recommended for six-home scheme

Planning officers are recommending approval for a scheme for six homes on a corner site in Rodwell Road, Weymouth.

Dorset Echo

Everton stadium plans submitted

Everton FC’s full application is in the process of being uploaded to Liverpool City Council’s website.

Liverpool Echo

Former cinema has ‘high historic and architectural value’

A former cinema dating back to 1912 has been described as having “high historic and architectural value” by a government inspector. The comments came in the decision notice for an appeal against Bradford Council’s refusal to replace a large advertising board on the side of the building. The inspector backed the council.

Telegraph & Argus

Old Oak Common HS2 hub awaits planning go-ahead

Updated designs for HS2’s west London super-hub at Old Oak Common have been unveiled.

Ealing Times