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England round-up: Updated guidance for applications affecting playing fields; Spring Statement details and reaction

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 10 March-16 March, 2018

Updated guidance for applications affecting playing fields

Sport England has updated its policy and guidance on planning applications that affect playing fields, with the goal of protecting and enhancing the opportunities for people to take part in sport and activity.

The Planner

Spring Statement 2018: Hammond backs West Midlands to build 215,000 homes in 10 years

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that the government has agreed a deal with the West Midlands Combined Authority that sees the authority commit to building 215,000 homes by 2030/2031.

The Planner

Spring Statement: More funding for Housing Growth Partnership

The chancellor announced in his Spring Statement that the government would continue to support Homes England’s investment in the Housing Growth Partnership by committing a further £60 million.

The Planner

Spring Statement 2018: Reaction

Industry professionals have welcomed the housing and infrastructure measures in the chancellor’s 2018 Spring Statement, but some warn that joined-up thinking is required to deliver them while stronger powers are required for local government.

The Planner

MPs say government more interested in ‘box-ticking’ than real climate change action

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Environment Audit, Health and Social Care, and Transport Committees have said the government is ‘more concerned with box-ticking’ than taking ‘bold, meaningful action’ when it comes to tackling the UK’s air quality.

The Planner

Full steam ahead as government backs HS2 extension plans to Stoke-on-Trent

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced that a high-speed rail service (HS2) phase 2 link to Stoke-on-Trent has been backed by the government.

The Planner

£1.6bn regeneration of Clapham Park approved

The London Borough of Lambeth’s planning committee has approved developer Metropolitan’s £1.6 billion plans for more than 2,500 new homes and community facilities at Clapham Park, South London.

The Planner

RTPI repeats call to invest in delivery following Spring Statement

The RTPI has called for survey responses for its investigation into resourcing in the South East and North West of England.


£95m for local full-fibre broadband projects

The chancellor has launched a £190 million 'Challenge Fund' to help the roll out full-fibre broadband to local areas, including in Blackpool, Cambridgeshire and North Yorkshire.

UK Government

Approval recommended for 260-home development

Plans to build almost 260 new homes on a greenfield site in Wakefield have been recommended for approval when they go before the council's planning committee.

Insider Media

Oriental takeaway seeks change of use permission months after opening 

An oriental food takeaway on Yelverton Road, Bournemouth, has applied for change of use permission several months after it opened.

Bournemouth Echo

Buckinghamshire unitary council plan backed by minister

Proposals for a new unitary authority covering Buckinghamshire have been given the backing of the government.

BBC News

Oxford Street pedestrianisation plan divides public 

Proposals to boot traffic off an 800m stretch of London’s busy Oxford Street have received a mixed response from the public, reveals an official report.

The Architect’s Journal

Plans for drive-thru Starbucks in St Albans 

The development of the former British Gas land on Griffiths Way in St Albans in Hertfordshire is one step closer after the council granted conditional planning permission.

The Herts Advertiser

£1.2bn trio of London housing estates rebuilds approved

Clarion Housing Group’s £1.2 billion plan to transform three housing estates in south-west London have gained planning approval.

Construction Enquirer

Green Investment Bank sale deeply regrettable, says committee  

A group of MPs has branded the government’s sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) as deeply regrettable, claiming Britain’s green objectives have been sacrificed in favour of driving down debt.

Energy Voice

‘Road through village green space will rip the heart from our community’, say campaigners

Residents of a Devon village have said that the heart of their community will be ripped out if an access road to a new housing development is built on a piece of land that they regard as their equivalent of a village green.

Devon Live

Fears home plans could force Southampton and Portsmouth to merge

Thousands of people have backed a campaign to create a green belt to protect Hampshire countryside at risk of development.

Daily Echo

Development plan hits a ‘brick wall’

Elstead and Weyburn’s neighbourhood plan has hit a ‘brick wall’ amid an ongoing row with Waverley Borough Council over the allocation of housing sites.

Farnham Herald

Bitter row over village fence could see enforcement action taken by council

A bitter village dispute between Shillingford St George Village Hall Committee and the Trustees of Shillingford St George Millennium Village Green over an illegally erected fence could lead to enforcement action being taken.

Devon Live

£10m funding boost for new HS2 urban quarter

Plans to create an ‘urban quarter’ around the HS2 Interchange station in Solihull have taken a major step forward this week after almost £10 million in new funding was secured.

Solihull Observer