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England round-up: Sharma refuses extension to Thanet offshore wind farm; Applications submitted for Cambridgeshire new town

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 30 May-5 June, 2020

Sharma refuses extension to Thanet offshore wind farm

Energy secretary Alok Sharma has turned down an application for a development consent order (DCO) by Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd to extend Thanet offshore wind farm.

The Planner

RTPI launches online conference

The RTPI has launched the Planner Live Online, a series of digital sessions that will highlight planning’s role in post-pandemic recovery.

The Planner

Guidance published for planner apprentices

The RTPI has launched a ‘comprehensive’ resource centre for planning apprentices aiming to gain chartered status.

The Planner

Applications submitted for Cambridgeshire new town

Two outline planning applications have been lodged with South Cambridgeshire District Council for the final phases of Northstowe New Town.

The Planner

36% decline in construction contracts value in April

The value of construction contract values totalled £4.4 billion, based on a three-month rolling average, a decline of 36.4 per cent compared with March 2020, according to statistics published by Barbour ABI.  

The Planner

Industry lobbyists highlight renewable hydrogen’s future role 

Renewable hydrogen has a key role to play in the UK’s successful transition from fossil fuels to renewables, alongside a huge expansion of wind energy and other clean power sources, according to an industry body.

The Planner

Khan backs housing developer with £50 million loan

London mayor Sadiq Khan has approved a £50 million for Mount Anvil to help the housing developer to accelerate the purchase of new sites and deliver an increased number of new homes.

The Planner

Outline permission granted for Cambridge housing scheme

Plans for 1,200 homes and two schools on the south-eastern outskirts of Cambridge have secured outline planning permission.

The Planner

Public counts its lucky stars as light pollution continues to rise

Countryside campaigners have called on councils to adopt better policies for tackling light pollution after a survey revealed that more people are experiencing the problem.

The Planner

Plans for Shipston’s Ellen Badger Hospital take shape 

Ambitious plans to create what is being termed ‘a modern integrated health and wellbeing community hub’ for Shipston and surrounding area have continued to take shape, thanks to virtual working.

Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

Council to hold meeting over major Bridgnorth housing plans

Bridgnorth Town Council is to hold an extraordinary meeting to decide whether to back either of two large and controversial housing developments.

Express & Star

Met Police assessing Jenrick’s ‘unlawful’ £1bn property deal

Police have confirmed that they will assess a property deal signed off by Newark MP and housing secretary Robert Jenrick. A team of specialist officers from the Metropolitan Police will be involved.

West Bridgford Wire

Black Country football club avoids planning enforcement action

Members of Walsall Council’s planning committee have backed recommendations that would enable Sporting Khalsa to retain a number of new features at the Aspray 24 Arena in Noose Lane.

Express & Star

Council investigates Cummings’ lockdown ‘cottage’

Council planners are investigating allegations that the property where Dominic Cummings stayed during his lockdown trip to County Durham does not have the correct planning permission.

The Northern Echo

Ban on combustible materials must go further

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has said the government should extend the ban on the use of combustible materials on a wider range of buildings than is currently proposed.

Facilitate Magazine

Council orders children’s tree house to be torn down

A Minehead family is fighting to save a tree house they built on their land after the local council ordered them to tear it down.

Somerset Live