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England round-up: RTPI awards now open for entries, enough homes planned says inspector

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 10 April - 17 April, 2015

RTPI awards now open for entries

The RTPI Awards for Research Excellence are now open for entries of exemplary planning research from all RTPI-accredited planning schools.

The Planner

Lib Dems make pledges on affordable housing and planning improvements

The Liberal Democrat Party has committed to creating affordable homes for all and improving the planning system.

The Planner

UKIP would incentivise brownfield development

The UK Independence Party says it will prioritise development on brownfield land and scrap the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The Planner

Why is London so bad at solar power?

Although solar power has flourished in many parts of the UK, London has lagged behind for many years. Largely, this is because of the complexity of operating the technology in urban environments and the prevalence of rented accommodation.


Wind turbine bid for 20,000 solar panels park site

Plans have been revealed for a wind turbine – the height of three double-decker buses – to be built on land already earmarked for a massive solar park.


M&G Investment provides £40m loan for 400 South-East homes

M&G Investments has agreed to provide an East London housing association with a £40 million loan as part of its expansion into the UK housing sector. 

City AM

Library and housing office in Broxtowe to close ahead of £5m joint service centre redevelopment 

A library and housing office in Broxtowe are set to close so they can be demolished – paving the way for a £5 million all-in-one community hub.

Nottingham Post

‘Enough homes already planned’ says inspector

Enough homes have already been approved in Shepshed and Garendon Park’s historic assets need to be managed correctly, according to the planning inspector in charge of scrutinising Charnwood’s Core Strategy.

Loughborough Echo

Persimmon says election disrupting planning for builders 

British house builder Persimmon (PSN.L) said the forthcoming national election was making it more difficult to win planning permission for new developments.

UK Reuters

The great garden swindle: how developers are hiding behind shrubbery 

Spring has sprung and developers are getting green-fingered. Across London, their planning applications are sprouting leaves and bursting into bloom. They’re promising trees on bridges and jungles in the clouds, sky-gardens and life-giving linear parks, along with a whole network of green ribbons weaving through town.

The Guardian