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England round-up: RTPI chief calls for strong political leadership; Government announces £250 million in new housing deal funding

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 9 February-15 February, 2019

RTPI chief calls for strong political leadership

The chief executive of the RTPI has called for strong political leadership and more resources for planning authorities.

The Planner

Government announces £250 million in new housing deal funding

The government has announced a series of new housing deals through which £250 million will be allocated with the aim of delivering close to 25,000 new homes.

The Planner

Money announced for housing on public sector sites

The latest round of the government’s One Public Estate programme has been announced, with more than 100 local public sector partnerships set to receive a share of £15 million.

The Planner

East Cambridgeshire tables withdrawal of local plan mid-inspection

East Cambridgeshire District Council has threatened to withdraw its submitted local plan (PDF) mid-inspection, because changes proposed by the inspector 'will result in a local plan that not only disempowers local communities but is so significantly changed from that submitted that it is no longer East Cambridgeshire’s Local Plan'.

The Planner

New TCPA chief starts in role

Fiona Howie has assumed her role as the chief executive of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA).

The Planner

£9m cash boost for garden community housing

Housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced that £9 million will be used to speed up the building of new garden towns and villages.

The Planner

Wildlife Trusts demand nature recovery networks to reverse decline

All new developments should contribute to a ‘nature recovery network’ under the government’s new ‘net gain’ approach, according to the Wildlife Trusts.

The Planner

Southwark rejects Grosvenor biscuit building scheme on affordability

The £500 million redevelopment of a former biscuit factory into a build-to-rent scheme has been rejected by the London Borough of Southwark because of its lack of affordable housing.

The Planner

Newcastle University unveils major hospital redevelopment plan

Newcastle University is proposing a significant redevelopment of the former general hospital into a centre of excellence for care of older people after buying the site.

The Planner

Homes and respite centre extension approved

Plans for a replacement home overlooking a beach, a holiday let being converted into a permanent home and an extensions for a respite centre have all been approvedby Cornwall Council’s west sub-area planning committee.

This is the West Country

New Bath Rugby Rec stadium designs still being perfected

The team behind the proposed new Bath Rugby stadium are still tweaking and perfecting their designs before submitting a planning application to the council. 

Somerset Live

Traditional Calderdale mill is up for sale with planning permission

A mill on the canalside in Luddenden Foot, West Yorkshire, is up for sale and benefits from planning permission to convert it into apartments.

Halifax Courier

London council’s new planning rules protect shops being turned into homes

Hackney Council has introduced new planning rules this week to protect shops and launderettes from being turned into luxury homes by developers. 

Hackney Gazette

More time for parishes at Swindon planning committee meetings

Members of parish councils from across Swindon and beyond will get more time so speak at borough council planning meetings. 

Swindon Advertiser

Changes to planning applications slammed as 'reducing transparency'

Changes to how planning applications in Cambridge are dealt with have been slammed, with claims they 'reduce transparency and undermine confidence'.

Cambridgeshire Live

Appeal launched over 485 homes in Mistley

Developers behind plans to build 485 homes and employment units on land in Mistley have lodged an appeal after Tendring Council refused planning permission.

Harwich and Manning Tree Standard

Rogue letting agent fined £30,000 

Crown Managed Properties Ltd and its director Elliot Gambino have been fined  £30,000 at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court for failing to licence three homes in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Camden.

Camden Council

Land sale will help would-be homeowners 

People hoping to get on the housing ladder will be helped thanks to the sale of a piece of disused land in Saddington.

Harborough District Council