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England round-up: Small decline in planning applications granted; Recommendations published to help Isle of Wight regeneration

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 21 September-27 September, 2019

Small decline in planning applications granted

District-level planning authorities granted 91,700 decisions between April and June 2019 – a 3 per cent decline compared with the same quarter a year earlier.

The Planner

Recommendations published to help Isle of Wight regeneration

Historic England has called for towns on the Isle of Wight to allow for the growth of wind and tidal energy, save high-profile buildings, and rethink their approach to the car.

The Planner

Climate crisis challenge won’t be met without coherent urban planning

Failing to adopt a ‘more joined-up’ approach to planning the UK’s towns and cities will make it impossible to meet the challenges of climate change, population growth and environmental risks.

The Planner

Deal signed for Liverpool Street mixed-use development

Transport for London (TfL) has completed a deal with Aviva Investors that will see a mixed-used scheme delivered opposite the new Liverpool Street Elizabeth line eastern station entrance.

The Planner

Year-on-year decrease in value of construction contracts awarded

The value of construction contract awards in August was £4.9 billion, a decrease of 18.7 per cent compared with August 2018, according to the latest statistics.

The Planner

Leicestershire housing development wins major regional planning award

Blaby District Council’s New Lubbesthorpe development has been declared as the overall project winner at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) East Midlands Regional Awards for 2019.


RTPI activity at Conservative Party Conference 2019

Following a series of successful events in recent weeks at the Liberal Democrat and Labour Party conferences, the Royal Town Planning Institute will also have a strong presence at the Conservative Party Conference 2019. More information can be found on the RTPI website.


Governments ‘should see housing as infrastructure’

Housing should be considered infrastructure along with roads and rail to help to solve the shortfall in UK homes, a housing association director has told the Labour Party conference. 

Public Finance

Political parties ‘need to come together to solve the housing crisis’

Political consensus to tackle the housing crisis is needed but is at an early stage, a conference has heard.

Public Finance

Labour aims to renationalise rail in first term, says shadow transport secretary

Labour will aim to take back all rail franchises into public ownership in the first term of a future Labour government, said shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald.

Infrastructure Intelligence

Plans in for next phase of MSP

Proposals for the next phase of the Manchester Science Park masterplan have been revealed.

Insider Media

Planning application submitted to relocate UK’s EventCity 

Plans have been submitted by Manchester, UK venue EventCity, proposing the creation of a new events venue in TraffordCity.


Largest modular home site in the country takes shape

The government’s housing agency has relocated its Cambridge office to the site at Northstowe new town as part of its commitment to the town, and will provide 10,000 homes when completed.

UK Government

Plans for Nuneaton housing development set for green light

Members of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s planning committee have been recommended to give proposals for new homes on the site of A5 Aquatics the thumbs up.

Coventry Live

HS2 chief Richard Robinson resigns

HS2 chief operating officer Richard Robinson has resigned after just a year in the role, as doubts continue to surround the future of the project.

Infrastructure Intelligence

Planning comments under scrutiny following ombudsman report

Calls have been made for more controls on how comments are made on planning applications following concern about “malpractice” over controversial plans. 

Brighton & Hove News

Tree-planting event celebrates reedbed scheme in Devon

The completion of a giant reedbed scheme designed to attract an array of wildlife as well as help to keep water clean at Stover Country Park in Devon has been celebrated.

UK Government

Yorkshire Dales declares ‘‘climate emergency’

Members of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority have vowed to take the organisation “well beyond” net zero carbon, as they have unanimously voted in favour of declaring a climate emergency.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Parishes discuss planning compliance at pilot workshop 

Parish Councils in the Harborough district took part in an innovative pilot workshop to look at ways to work together to ensure that developers abide by planning rules.

Market Harborough