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England round-up: RTPI to hold Northern Powerhouse debates; Government consultation launched to speed up housing delivery

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 15 December-21 December, 2018

RTPI to hold Northern Powerhouse debates

The RTPI has organised a series of roundtables in six Northern cities in a bid to create a set of shared ambitions to advance strategic planning and governance for the Northern Powerhouse.

The Planner

RTPI seeks views on its future

The RTPI is calling on interested parties to help shape its future and the planning profession. Its corporate strategy will cover a 10-year period from 2020. 

The Planner

Young planners to shadow chief planners in new scheme

The RTPI is working with local planning authorities to offer young planners the opportunity of work experience with a chief planning officer.

The Planner

Local leadership is key to reinventing town centres

A community-focused approach is required to tackle the challenges facing high streets and town centres, according to a report published this week.

The Planner

Government consultation launched to speed up housing delivery 

A consultation has been published on plans aimed at speeding up housing delivery, with new regulations on developer contributions to help fund roads, schools and infrastructure.

The Planner

Gove publishes draft green governance bill 

The environment secretary Michael Gove has published draft clauses for the first environmental bill for 20 years.  

The Planner

Loxley Road plan rejected by Stratford planners

A divisive planning application for 135 new homes off Loxley Road in Stratford has been rejected by the council's planning committee.

Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

Notts Super Council plans on hold until after May elections

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has said putting the ‘super council’ plan on hold will allow better harmonisation between authorities. It is now expected that the issue will be revisited after local council elections in May next year.

West Bridgford Wire

Plans for Commonwealth Games Village approved

Birmingham’s preparations to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games has sprinted ahead with the approval of the Planning Application for the residential element of the Athletes Village.

Birmingham City Council

New Snow Hill Station entrance to link passengers with trains and trams

Passengers using Birmingham’s Snow Hill Station are to get a new entrance so they can switch seamlessly between local rail and tram services.

West Midlands Combined Authority

Mace sells Hoyle Street site in Sheffield

Mace has announced the sale of its development site in Sheffield to Cassidy Group.

Mace Group

Telereal Trillium to redevelop former BT depot in Hackney

Telereal Trillium has secured a resolution to grant planning permission from the London Legacy Development Corporation to redevelop Hackney TSCV, a 1.5 acre former BT depot site on Fish Island in Hackney Wick.

Telereal Trillium

Robbie Williams wins pool plan row

Robbie Williams has won a five-year battle over plans for an underground pool at his west London home, despite objections from neighbour Jimmy Page.

BBC News

Government welcomes law that will improve safety of tenants

A new law that will help to boost standards in rented homes and give tenants more powers to hold their landlord to account has been welcomed by homelessness minister Heather Wheeler.

UK Government

Application submitted for Holocaust Memorial near Parliament  

A planning application for the UK’s new Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been submitted to Westminster City Council.

UK Government

Council to go head-to-head land developer again 

Housing developer Gladman Developments will go head-to-head with Taunton Deane Borough Council for a third major planning inquiry in less than six months.

Somerset County Gazette 

Pair have six months to reopen Shropshire village pub

John Hickinbottom and Susan King have been given six months by a planning inspector to reinstate the Cleveland Arms in High Ercall as a pub or vacate the premises near Telford.

Shropshire Star

Government confirms end of payments for new solar panels

The Government has announced that it will end payments for any solar panels which are installed from April next year. 

Money Saving Expert

Landowner fined after renovating agricultural barn without permission

A Stockland landowner who built seven rooms in his agricultural barn has admitted failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice.

Midweek Herald 

Government pledges to take forward Hackitt recommendations

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced that the government is implementing all recommendations in the Hackitt Review.