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England round-up: Simplify plan-making to make NPPF work, says NPPF; Larger schemes take twice as long to decide, research suggests

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 5 November - 11 November, 2016

RTPI: Greenfield and green belts can help provide homes

Greenfield sites in England, including green belt sites, need to be considered alongside brownfield land as locations for new housing, the RTPI has said.

The Planner

Technology puts power of strategic planning in focus, says Professor Michael Batty

Professor Michael Batty has said that the use of technology tools, and how they explain the potential impact on large infrastructure projects, will make calls for more strategic planning difficult to ignore.

The Planner

High Court: St Ives second home policy lawful 

The High Court has found a policy in the St Ives Neighbourhood Plan that prohibits new dwellings being used as second homes to be lawful.

The Planner

Fosse Park expansion approved 

Blaby District Council’s planning committee has approved a retail and leisure development located next to Fosse Park.

The Planner

Simplify plan-making to make NPPF work, says NPPF creator

Simplified local planning and consistent application of policy are needed for the plan-led system to work, one of the architects of the NPPF has argued.

The Planner

Larger schemes take twice as long to decide, research suggests

Garden village developments are not the “silver bullet” to the housing crisis, with schemes comprising over 2,000 homes taking twice as long to decide upon, according to new research.

The Planner

Javid denies Right to Buy policy is a ‘work in progress’

Sajid Javid has defended the government’s Right to Buy extension policy in an appearance before the Communities and Local Government Committee.

Public Sector Executive

Controversy breaks out over HS2 ancient woodland destruction

Controversy has broken out over the destruction of ancient woodland by the HS2 high speed rail link between London and the West Midlands.


Bloxham residents vote overwhelmingly in favour of Neighbourhood Plan

Residents in a North Oxfordshire village have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new Neighbourhood Plan to give them control over future developments.

Bicester Advertiser

London more unaffordable than New York

London's housing market was once the poor relation of New York's, but rapid house price growth in the UK capital has made it more unaffordable than its American rival.

City AM

New 5,000 seater football stadium to be built out of wood

National League side Forest Green Rovers are set to build a new 5,000-seater stadium made of wood.

Construction Enquirer

Work to start on 97 town starter homes 

Work is about to start on the building of almost 100 new family and starter homes in Melton.

Melton Times

Airbnb could face tighter rules amid concerns over London housing crisis

Airbnb could face tighter rules following concerns that it is exacerbating the London housing crisis by reducing the stock of long-term rentals.

Breaking News

Council bosses accused of ignoring York's affordable housing crisis

Council bosses are being accused of ignoring York’s affordable housing crisis, by not planning any new council house building since they took office over a year ago.

York Press

248-home application submitted in Biggleswade

Developer Bellway Homes Ltd and Bloor Homes, has submitted a planning application for 248 homes on land to the north of Potton Road.

The Comet

Deal to fund £100m Thames bridge on cards if council backs plans for new towns

A deal  to fund a £100m bridge across the Thames in South Oxfordshire could be struck if council chiefs back plans for two controversial new towns.

Bicester Advertiser

Kirk’s local plan submitted to government

Residents can have their say on a revised planning blueprint for Kirklees before it is passed to the government’s planning inspector for scrutiny. 

The Telegraph and Argus