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England round-up: TfL must speed up change from landowner to property developer – report; Councils can apply for heritage zone status

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 17 June-23 June, 2017

Planning more ‘vital’ than ever, says RTPI president

RTPI president Stephen Wilkinson has insisted that in these uncertain times, planning is more 'vital' than ever, and that planners are the 'catalysts for change'.

The Planner

RTPI elections open for nominations

Nominations for a number of RTPI board places, including for the 2019 president, are now open.

The Planner

Queen’s Speech: HS2 phase 2A bill announced

A bill to enable the next phase of High Speed 2 (HS2), between Birmingham and Crewe, was announced in the Queen’s Speech.

The Planner

TfL must speed up change from landowner to property developer – report 

Transport for London (TfL) needs to accelerate its transition from landowner to property developer if it is to meet its ambitious homebuilding targets, a report by the London Assembly’s housing committee has stressed.

The Planner

Khan proposes expanding transport network to unlock housing

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has published long-term plans for the capital’s transport network, which include expanded and more frequent services to help unlock housing developments.

The Planner

Councils can apply for heritage zone status

Councils, local organisations and groups in England can now apply for Heritage Action Zone status to make areas more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.

The Planner 

Complete the RTPI membership survey

RTPI members are being encouraged to take part in the Institute's all member survey.


Telford & Wrekin Council criticised over planning blueprint

A property consultancy firm has criticised Telford & Wrekin Council's planning blueprint for the next 14 years, saying its response to concerns has “sidestepped the big issues”.

Shropshire Star

25 new cycling arteries for development mapped out in London

Twenty-five corridors with potential to make a significant impact on London’s cycling landscape have been mapped out by cycling commissioner Will Norman.

Cycling Industry

Planning permissions being granted in the wrong areas, says report 

Planning permissions granted for new homes are being concentrated in the wrong areas, where there is less need for housing, according to research by Savills.

The Telegraph

Plans for new £300 million campus in Bristol

The University of Bristol has released plans for its new £300 million campus next to Bristol Temple Meads. The development will be one of the city’s most significant regeneration projects in recent history.

ITV News

Ombudsman tells council to pay resident £200 for enforcement delay

Herefordshire Council has been told to pay a resident £200 following a delay in pushing for a developer to complete roadworks, following a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman.

Hereford Times

Consultation to begin on Royal London development

Local residents have been encouraged to have their say on a six-week consultation that will contribute to the discussion on how insurance giant Royal London continues plans to develop at its Wilmslow campus.


Plan for 50 new houses prompts ‘grave concerns’

Around 50 new homes could be built in Lazonby, despite local opposition and concerns that the village is being overdeveloped.

Cumberland & Westmorland Herald

Delay over decision for 175 new homes at Kingskerswell 

Revised plans for up to 175 new homes, a new park and a new community hall for Kingskerswell have been submitted by the Crown Estate.

Devon Live

£200m Midland Metro plans handed to transport secretary

Plans for the £200 million extension of the Midland Metro from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill have been handed to the secretary of state for transport, Chris Grayling.

BQ Live

Council shells out more than £100,000 defending planning appeals

Swindon Borough Council has been forced to spend more than £112,000 taking on developers over the past two years, a Freedom of Information request suggests.

Swindon Advertiser