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England round-up: SoS issues holding direction on South Oxfordshire plan; Government to help housebuilders deliver schools

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 5 October-11 October, 2019

SoS issues holding direction on South Oxfordshire plan

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has issued a holding direction on South Oxfordshire District Council’s local plan, preventing it from withdrawing the plan, as the cabinet has recommended.

The Planner

Government to help housebuilders deliver schools

The Department of Education has announced that it will hand out loans to housebuilders to deliver schools places before new properties are finished.

The Planner

RTPI launches mental health training resource

The RTPI has launched a free online training resource to give planners a better understanding of the link between good planning and mental health.

The Planner

Halifax arts centre renovation wins Yorkshire awards

A major renovation to an arts centre in the heart of Halifax has won the top prize at the RTPI Yorkshire Regional Awards for Planning Excellence 2019.


Sunderland cancer cookery school wins regional planning award

The conversion of a Grade-II listed lodge in Sunderland into a community cookery school has been declared the overall winner at the RTPI North East Regional Awards for Planning Excellence 2019.


Plans in for Canterbury retail scheme

Plans have been submitted to Canterbury City Council for the proposed Guildhall Quarter and the redevelopment of three central sites.

Insider Media

Updated plans for Corn Exchange City Centre Gateway

Updated plans have been revealed for improvements to the Corn Exchange City Centre Gateway in Leeds. The council's Connecting Leeds team is consulting on transport plans for an area around exchange and adjoining streets, including Call Lane, Lower Briggate and Meadow Lane.

Insider Media

York scheme goes to inquiry

Plans to build more than 500 houses near a nature reserve will go to a three-week inquiry after being rejected by City of York Council. Councillors unanimously rejected the scheme by Barwood Land at Moor Lane after environmentalists said the development would prove disastrous to Askham Bog.

York Mix

Care home plan voted through

A plan for a 61-bed care home in Bromsgrove has been voted through. Cinnamon Care Capital and Hagley Care Homes are behind the scheme.

Insider Media

Highways England digs deep to deliver eco scheme 

Video footage has captured the moment a tunnel is constructed under a busy road without interruption to traffic as part of a scheme to cut pollution by Highways England.

Highways England

Work nears on the Priory, where Oxford United fans used to drink

Work to repair a listed building that Oxford United fans used as a pub has been agreed by its owner and the city council. 

The Herald

Boardman calls on council to withdraw an injunction against Velolife café

British Cycling policy adviser Chris Boardman has called an enforcement notice, placed on a cyclist café by a local council, "a shameful waste of scarce public money to prevent an activity they should be strongly encouraging" and has called on Windsor and Maidenhead Council to withdraw an injunction which could lead to imprisonment for the café owner if cyclists meet at his café.

British Cycling

Local plan 2 to deliver 3,200 more homes for Rushcliffe

Rushcliffe Borough Council has adopted its Local Plan Part 2 that outlines key housing allocations in the Borough over the next decade.

West Bridgford Wire

Labour pledges five-fold increase in offshore wind capacity

The Labour Party has pledged a five-fold increase in offshore wind and the creation of nearly 70,000 jobs.

Infrastructure Intelligence