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England round-up: Transport for the North urges parties to hold nerve on investment; Court of Appeal rules planning inspector exceeded powers

Words: Huw Morris
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A round-up of planning news in England: 2 November-8 November, 2019

Transport for the North urges parties to hold nerve on investment

The sub-national transport body for the north of England is urging all political parties to rebalance decades of underinvestment.

The Planner

Court of Appeal rules planning inspector exceeded powers

The Court of Appeal has quashed a planning inspector’s decision, ruling she went beyond her power in allowing an appeal.

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HS2 review lambasted by its own deputy chair

The deputy chair of the panel considering the future of HS2 has hit out at the government’s review.

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DfT reveals best and worst places for charging electric cars

Drivers of electric cars should avoid the Isles of Scilly and Barrow-in-Furness as neither local authority area has any public charging points, according to government data.

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Dorset Council rules on barn conversion plans in Owermoigne

A plan to convert barns into four houses on an Owermoigne farm site will need to go through the planning permission process Dorset Council has decided

South West Farmer

Neighbours upset about risk to children as homeless hotel granted planning permission

A proposal to convert two neighbouring buildings into a homeless hostel was granted planning permission.

Brighton & Hove News

Controversial screens alongside Gedling Access Road in Mapperley to be installed

Plans to install acoustic screening along a stretch of the Gedling Access Road (GAR) in Mapperley are to remain in place after a recommendation to scrap them was rejected at a council planning meeting.

Gedling Eye

Crossrail gains planning for £300m Liverpool Street development

Crossrail and Aviva have been given the green light for a £300M development at Liverpool Street station.

New Civil Engineer

Planning permission for 186 new homes at ex-Travis Perkins site off Dallow Road

Planning permission has been granted for 186 homes at a former industrial site in Luton.

Luton Today

Funding approved for Cornwall satellite launch site to reach lift-off

Funding of £7.35 million to support small satellite launches in Cornwall has been confirmed by the UK Space Agency.

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UK on-shore wind well off pace to meet emissions target

The UK is significantly off track for the level of onshore wind needed to achieve the legally-binding 2050 net zero emissions target.

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McVey calls in Holocaust Memorial

Housing minister Esther McVey has called in the proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre next to parliament before Westminster City Council could take a decision.

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Wollaton couple fined £20,000 for planning enforcement breaches

A Nottinghamshire couple have been fined £20,000 for failing to comply with enforcement action and deliberately ignoring a local authority.

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Nine out of 10 private renters stranded on waiting lists

More than nine in 10 private renters who need to move into social housing are stranded on council waiting lists, many for years on end, according research by housing charity Shelter.

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Reading adopts local plan and zero carbon targets for new homes

Reading Borough Council’s local plan has been formally adopted and will introduce zero carbon targets for all new homes.

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Bristol to be first UK city to ban diesel cars as air quality advice is revised

Bristol will become the first city in the UK to ban diesel cars following a vote of its city council.

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Coalition launches to tackle housing shortages for the aged and disabled

The UK faces a crisis in suitable housing for older and disabled people unless the next government ensures all new homes are accessible and adaptable.

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Green light for major housing scheme in Kidbrooke

Plans for more than 600 homes in the London Borough of Greenwich, of which 50 per cent will be affordable, are to go ahead.

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Applications submitted for temporary House of Commons chamber

Planning applications for a major overhaul of the Palace of Westminster including a temporary home for the House of Commons chamber have been submitted.

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Extra government funding to tackle rogue landlords

An additional £4 million has been released by the government to help council enforcement teams crack down on criminal landlords.

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