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England round-up: Sustainable development must be at the heart of the planning system, organisations insist; Northamptonshire business park approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 9 January-15 January, 2021

Sustainable development must be at the heart of the planning system, organisations insist

For the planning system to have sustainable development at its core, legislation must be introduced to ensure it delivers equally on economic, social and environmental aims, a coalition of organisations has insisted.

The Planner

Northamptonshire business park approved

South Northamptonshire Council has granted outline planning permission for an employment park on land to the east of Tiffield Road and to the north-west of the A43 at Towcester.

The Planner

Councils asked to ‘redouble’ efforts to house rough sleepers

Housing and communities secretary Robert Jenrick has asked councils to ‘redouble efforts’ to accommodate people that are sleeping rough and to ensure that they are registered with a doctor.

The Planner

Court of Appeal backs judge and inspector’s decision

The Court of Appeal has upheld decisions issued by a planning inspector and a planning judge to dismiss a developer’s appeals following Aylesbury Vale District Council’s failure to determine its application.

The Planner

£3bn committed to restoring nature

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the UK will commit at least £3 billion to climate change strategies that protect nature and biodiversity.

The Planner

Tunnel to be installed on the railway

A massive 11,000-tonne curved concrete box is to be pushed under one of the country’s most famous railway lines in a first for UK engineering.

Network Rail

AONB motocross enforcement action upheld by inspector

Motocross events will have to cease on land in Shropshire’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty after a planning inspector backed Shropshire Council’s enforcement action.

Shropshire Live

Manor Park owners taken to court for capacity breach

A council is taking legal action against a traveller site after discovering almost 50 mobile homes were there instead of the permitted 11.

Oxford Mail

Consultation on Dorset plan begins

A consultation on the Dorset Council Local Plan will begin on 18 January and end on 15 March.

Dorset Council

£6 million to transform Northallerton 

News of a £6 million grant from the government to help regenerate Northallerton town centre has been welcomed.

Hambleton District Council

Provisional funding for Nuneaton gains green light

Provisional approval has been handed to an ambitious £13 million-plus funding bid to boost development of Nuneaton town centre.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

Views sought on A595 at Bothel junction improvement

Local residents, businesses and users of the A595 have been asked to have their say on latest proposals to improve the A595 within the vicinity of Bothel.

Cumbria County Council

Council serves notice on dump skip on Merton Bank Road

St Helens Council has taken enforcement action against an operator found to be illegally storing waste and operating a skip hire business without permission.

St Helens Star