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England round-up: Use neighbourhood plans to ‘take control’, says Malthouse; Beauty should be a consideration in the planning system, suggests poll

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 4 May-10 May, 2019

Malthouse: Use neighbourhood plans to ‘take control’

Housing minister Kit Malthouse has urged local communities to use the neighbourhood plan to take control of planning in their area.

The Planner

Beauty should be a consideration in the planning system, suggests poll

Most respondents to a recent survey believe that the visual appeal of new developments matters – but 65 per cent do not think it is sufficiently taken into account through the planning system.

The Planner

Planning Inspectorate on the lookout for inspectors

The Planning Inspectorate has announced that it is looking to recruit 20 planning inspectors at the most senior levels.

The Planner

Homes England acquires land for housing in Rushcliffe

Government ‘housing accelerator’ Homes England has acquired 250 acres of land in Rushcliffe to help to deliver 3,000 homes and 100,000 square metres of employment space.

The Planner

Homebuyers need a greater choice, says report

The housing industry should focus on providing homebuyers with greater choice and diversity, states a study by four leading architectural partnerships.

The Planner

Dense cities lead to ‘greater inequality’

Cities that are densely built with people living and working in close proximity are economically efficient but lead to higher levels of inequality, suggests an LSE report.

The Planner

Government allocates £200m to replace high-rise cladding

The government has announced £200 million of funding to replace cladding on about 170 privately owned high-rise buildings.

Facilitate Magazine

Lewisham chosen as Low Emission Bus Zone by Sadiq Khan

The Mayor of London has launched three new Low Emission Bus Zones, and Lewisham has been chosen as one of the locations.

News Shopper

London in top 10 most expensive cities to build in

London is among the world’s top 10 most expensive cities to build in, according to the latest International Construction Costs report, published by Arcadis.

Infrastructure Intelligence

London station upgrade contracts for Crossrail awarded

Network Rail has confirmed the award of contracts for construction of the new or enhanced ticket halls at Southall, Hayes & Harlington, West Drayton, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing and Acton Main Line stations.

Network Rail

£4 million to a canal restoration scheme

A mile-long stretch of canal that disappeared more than half a century ago is a step closer to being restored, thanks to £4 million worth of funding from Highways England.

UK Government

Financial backers of RiverOak to be revealed

The financial backers of plans to reopen Manston Airport could be revealed after planning chiefs rejected a request to withhold their details.

Kent Online

Construction work begins at Athletes’ Village in Birmingham

Construction work has started on the largest infrastructure project directly related to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Birmingham City Council

Yorkshire devolution back on track

Yorkshire is on its way to a long-awaited first devolution agreement after communities secretary James Brokenshire agreed to progress the previously deadlocked deal in the Sheffield City Region.

Yorkshire Post

Anger over ‘barbaric’ barbed wire fence for HS2

Concerns have been raised that a ‘barbaric’ barbed wire fence erected in the Solihull countryside is a major risk to the area’s wildlife.

Birmingham Mail

Flood threat may force whole communities to abandon homes

Whole communities may need to be moved, as traditional defences are not enough to protect against the growing risks of flooding and coastal erosion, warns the Environment Agency.

Sky News