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England round-up: RTPI: OAN methodology does not consider future growth aspirations; More than 180,000 new homes delivered in 2016-17

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 11 November-17 November, 2017

RTPI: OAN methodology does not consider future growth aspirations 

The government’s proposals for a new method to calculate local housing need would ‘entrench’ existing housebuilding patterns and does not consider employment projections or growth aspirations, says the RTPI.

The Planner

More than 180,000 new homes delivered in 2016-17 – stats

Latest government statistics have suggested that total housing supply in England was up by 217,350 net homes in 2016/17, an increase of 15 per cent compared with 2015/16.

The Planner

Housing associations reclassified as private bodies

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced that housing associations will be reclassified as private sector organisations.

The Planner

Housing developers urged to engage ‘silent majority’ via social media

Developers should step up their efforts on social media to communicate with the ‘silent majority’ of the public who support housebuilding, according to latest research.

The Planner

£40m Salford residential scheme approved

Salford City Council has granted approval for a £40 million development consisting of 232 new apartments, with work set to start in the new year.

The Planner

RTPI accredits town-planning course in Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been accredited by the RTPI for its town planning undergraduate programme.

The Planner

Planning for town centres needs a ‘fresh perspective’

Planning consultancy Lichfields says planning has a key role in supporting the changing nature of the retail and leisure property industry.

The Planner

Anger at homes plan for Thurston

Community leaders have vowed to make sure residents’ voices are heard with the prospect of more 800 new homes being built in their village.

Buy Free Press

Plans in for major St Neots development

A hybrid planning application has been submitted for the development of 2,800 homes and new business space as part of the eastern expansion of St Neots in Cambridgeshire.

Insider Media Limited

Subterranean home plan gets approval

Waverley Borough Council has granted planning permission for a contemporary subterranean four-bedroom house in Lickfolds Road, Rowledge.

Farnham Herald

May pledges to build more homes

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged that it is her personal mission to ‘build more homes, more quickly’.

UK Government

Gove unveils plan for new UK environment watchdog (subscription)

The environment secretary has insisted post-Brexit environmental governance will have ‘real bite’, reiterating that green standards will not be watered down.

Business Green

Building above London's open railway could solve capital’s housing crisis, report suggests

Building above London’s open-air railway tracks could be the answer to the capital’s housing crisis, infrastructure experts have claimed in a major report.

Evening Standard

Bedsit bid vetoed for a third time

Councillors have rejected a third planning application to convert former vegetarian café The Barn into a bedsit.

Farnham Herald

Deadline for first national park plan

The deadline to submit comments on the South Downs National Park Authority’s first-ever Local Plan is fast approaching, with Liphook residents concerned about the lack of acknowledgement by the park authority of the parish.

Farnham Herald

Have a say on Broughton Neighbourhood Plan

Residents have been invited to have their say on the future of the village of Broughton before the consultation ends this month.

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Major Leeds orbital dual carriageway plans set for approval  

Plans for the development of the East Leeds Orbital Route, which is set to run from Shadwell to Thorpe Park, have been recommended for approval.

Insider Media

Croydon Council approves major £1.4bn town centre redevelopment

Plans to redevelop Croydon town centre have been approved by the council and could bring in as many as 7,000 jobs and 1,000 new homes.

Public Sector Executive

First look at new ‘village’ in south Devon 

Developers planning a 400-home ‘village’ on green fields at Paignton have been unveiled.

Devon Live 

Stevenage Local Plan put on hold after MP steps in

Stevenage’s Conservative MP Stephen McPartland has used his personal influence with secretary of state Sajid Javid to put the town’s draft local plan on hold, because he says it is undeliverable.

The Comet

Plans in for £50m Mersey cruise terminal

A planning application for an ‘international standard’ £50 million cruise terminal facility on the River Mersey has been lodged by Liverpool City Council.

The Business Desk