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England round-up: TOD can prevent car-based urban sprawl; Birmingham announces partner for Smithfield development

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

TOD can prevent car-based urban sprawl

City-region authorities can deliver more transit-oriented developments (TOD) if there is a national planning framework that supports such developments over ‘car-based, low-density sprawl’.

The Planner

Birmingham announces partner for Smithfield development

Birmingham City Council has announced Lendlease as its development partner to deliver its plans for the 17-hectare Birmingham Smithfield site.

The Planner

Former service personnel with PTSD to be prioritised for housing

Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire has published proposals that would see former service personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health illnesses being prioritised for social housing.

The Planner

Further funding for South Tees

Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry has announced a £14 million investment into the South Tees Development Corporation.

The Planner

Coventry secures fine for failure to comply with enforcement notice

The owner of The Farmhouse Restaurant on Beechwood Avenue has been fined for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice to remove a marquee that has been in use for the past two years.

The Planner

Reminder: RTPI to hold Northern Powerhouse debates

The RTPI has organised a series of round tables in six Northern cities in a bid to create a set of shared ambitions to advance strategic planning and governance for the Northern Powerhouse.

The Planner

Wait goes on for decision on 300-home plan for woodland site

The fate of a woodland areas on the edge of Norwich remains hanging in the balance, with a Planning Inspectorate decision over its future again delayed.

Norwich Evening News

Planning decisions to be taken out of Eden councillors’ hands?

The number of planning applications determined by Eden district councillors could be reduced as part of a bid to ensure fewer legal challenges.

Cumberland & Westmorland Herald

Telford industrial park plan must be brought to planning committee, says councillor

Controversial plans for a new industrial park on the outskirts of Telford must be brought before a full planning committee to ensure that objectors can voice their concerns first-hand, a councillor has said. 

Shropshire Star

St Albans MP throws support behind housing on rail freight site

St Albans MP Anne Main has once again thrown her support behind a housing development on the rail freight site.

Herts Advertiser

Planning inspector schedules an additional hearing

The Planning inspector reviewing the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Plan is arranging an additional hearing date to take place in February.

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Councill

Council to deliver two housing schemes

Oxford City Council has submitted planning applications to deliver 35 new homes, half of which will be affordable and supported by funding from the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal.

Oxford City Council

Residents and businesses invited to comment on local plan review

Residents, local businesses and others with an interest in the borough are invited to give their views on the next stage of the review of the Hinckley & Bosworth Local Plan.

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

One hour on the Tube as toxic as standing next to busy road for a day

An air pollution survey of London Underground has found the Northern Line to be the most polluted, with standing by busy roads apparently a less toxic option.


‘Smart homes’ to help tackle loneliness in rural areas

The government has announced that a number of ‘smart homes’ with digitally savvy older people demonstrating household tech are being created in rural West Essex to boost the nation’s digital skills.

UK Government

Plans for 380 homes at Balk resubmitted

A controversial housing development proposal that was dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate in 2017 has been resubmitted.

Pocklington Post