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England round-up: Toolkit for neurodiversity launched; Council ‘reluctant’ to return face-to-face meetings

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 1 May-7 may, 2021

Toolkit for neurodiversity launched 

A toolkit that seeks to promote best practice when consulting with neurodivergent people about the built environment has been launched.

The Planner

Council ‘reluctant’ to return face-to-face meetings

Lichfield District Council has said it is looking at ways to continue broadcasting its meetings to the public following the failure of a legal challenge for virtual meetings to be allowed to continue beyond 6 May.

The Planner

Student accommodation plans submitted in Nottingham

Plans for student accommodation at The Island Quarter in Nottingham have been submitted to the city council.

The Planner

SME workloads grew in Q1 of 2021

Workloads, enquiries and employment all grew for small to medium-sized (SME) construction firms in between January and March (Q1) of 2021, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

The Planner

Office space in Wandsworth approved

Wandsworth Borough Council has granted planning permission for a 12-storey, 240,000-square-foot office building on the site of Royal Mail’s former South London depot in Nine Elms.

The Planner

UKGBC launches green guide for developers and owners

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published a guide to help developers and owners to increase the incorporation of nature-based solutions within the construction and operation of built assets.


East Midlands’ HS2 station should prioritise transport connections

The plans for East Midlands’ HS2 station should prioritise transport connections with nearby cities over creating housing schemes and businesses parks around it, according to a property agent.

Insider Media

Half-a-million ultra low-emission vehicles now on UK roads

Stats released by the government suggest that more than 500,000 ultra low-emission vehicles are now being driven on roads across the country.

UK Government

Plans for solar park thrown out

A proposal for a huge solar farm near Bosworth Battlefield has again been rejected by a planning inspector over concerns that it would spoil views of the historic area.

Leicestershire Live

Noisy Lobster owner told to seek permission for beach huts

The owners of the Noisy Lobster restaurant in Mudeford have been told to get planning permission for controversial beach huts which were erected without authorisation.

New Milton Advertiser

Car dealership in Stafford faces council enforcement action

A car showroom on a former Frankie and Benny’s site is facing enforcement action after an outside area was gravelled and used to display vehicles without planning permission.

Stoke on Trent Live

Affordable homes development could start in summer if approved

Work could start on a new development of affordable homes in Whittington as soon as this summer, if planning permission is granted.

Shropshire Star

Appeal launched to keep ‘beach-themed’ extension cladding on home

A couple who created ‘beach-themed’ blue-and-white cladding on their property extension in Ramsgate are fighting a council decision to reject planning permission.

The Isle of Thanet News

Ampleforth Abbey investigated for possible breach of planning rules

Ryedale Council has confirmed that it has opened a planning enforcement case against Ampleforth Abbey over the future use of Gilling Castle.

Yorkshire Post