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10/01/2020

England round-up: SoS considers passing control of South Oxfordshire plan to county council; Town of the Year competition announced

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 4 January-10 January, 2020

SoS considers passing control of South Oxfordshire plan to county council

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has written to South Oxfordshire District Council to say he is considering passing control of the area’s local plan to Oxfordshire County Council.

The Planner

Town of the Year competition announced

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has launched a competition for towns across England to celebrate their achievements.

The Planner

Heathrow to submit runway application this year

The application for a third runway at Heathrow Airport will be lodged with the Planning Inspectorate at the end of 2020, the airport has confirmed.

The Planner

Mace submits plans to regenerate Stevenage

Proposals for the regeneration of Stevenage town centre have been lodged with the borough council.

The Planner

Be a planning radical at The Planner Live

Got something original to say and a burning desire to tell your fellow planners? We’re looking for four RTPI members to give five-minute speed presentations at The Planner Live on 29-30 June 2020.

The Planner

Cash pledged to tackle criminal landlords

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has pledged more than £4 million to help councils across England to ‘crack down’ on criminal landlords and letting agents.

The Planner

14 areas to receive funding for high streets

The government has announced the first 14 of 20 pilot areas in England that will receive funding and tailored advice that aims to ‘rejuvenate’ town centres.

The Planner

Decline in planning applications received from July to September

District-level planning authorities received 106,500 planning applications between July and September 2019 – 4 per cent fewer than in the same quarter of 2018.

The Planner

Rise in Right to Buy homes sold in Q2

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has estimated that 2,531 homes were sold under Right to Buy from the beginning of July 2019 to the end of September 2019.

The Planner

HS2 costs out of control, says review's deputy chair

There is “overwhelming evidence” that costs for HS2 are “out of control” and its benefits overstated, the deputy chair of its review panel has said.

BBC News

Sussex uni submits plan for 1,900 student flats

The University of Sussex has submitted a £200 million planning application to build 1,900 student flats on the West Slope at the Falmer campus.

Brighton & Hove News

Landlord given nine months to replace ‘poor’ windows

A landlord has been given nine months to replace the windows in his property after illegally replacing them years ago. Norwich City Council took the enforcement action.

Eastern Daily Press

London gets less per capita transport funding than rest of UK

London receives one-third less in government funding per rail passenger journey compared with the rest of the country, according to a new report.

City AM

Planning breach by Bromsberrow Heath woman

A sheep dog trainer from Bromsberrow Heath near Ledbury has received an 18-month conditional discharge for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice.

Worcester News

Plans revealed for new cycleway in south-east London

Transport for London (TfL) has set out plans to overhaul one of south-east London’s “most dangerous roads” and make neighbourhoods between Greenwich and Woolwich safer for people walking and cycling.

Transport for London

Joint consultation Dorset Heathlands launched

Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council are jointly consulting on supplementary planning policy to protect areas of sensitive heathland in south-east Dorset.

Dorset Council

Hotel on former pub site approved

Plans for a new hotel on the site of a former pub have been given the go-ahead in the Peak District.

Insider Media

Black Country councils support M54 Tong housing plans

Black Country councils have backed controversial plans for 3,000 homes on Shropshire’s green belt as a “unique and once-in-a-generation opportunity”.

Shropshire Star

Wilmslow care home plan recommended for approval 

Controversial plans for a 60-bed care home in Handforth Road, Wilmslow, could finally get the green light next week if councillors agree with planning officers.

Knutsford Guardian

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