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England round-up: Variation on planning condition sought for Cuadrilla site; MHCLG appoints consultant to develop design guide

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A round-up of planning news in England: 3 August-9 August, 2019

Variation on planning condition sought for Cuadrilla site

Cuadrilla has announced its plans to seek a ‘minor variation’ under section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to one of the conditions to its planning permission for fracking site Preston New Road, Lancashire.

The Planner

Consultants appointed for Knottingley masterplan

Wakefield Council has appointed planning consultancy Lichfields to prepare a masterplan that guides the development of Knottingley and Ferrybridge.

The Planner

MHCLG appoints consultant to develop design guide

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has appointed Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design and the Design Council to develop a visual design guide.

The Planner

Guidance issued for measuring land

Draft guidance for what would become global best practice for the consistent calculation of land measurement and associated metrics, has been published for consultation.

The Planner

RTPI regions commit to climate action campaign

The RTPI’s English regions have thrown their weight behind a national call to give more resources and powers to planning authorities to tackle climate change.


Uncertainty over 43,000 new homes plan could delay A12 improvements

Essex councils are pressing on with a plan for more than 40,000 new homes across the county, despite the government casting deep reservations about the project's viability.

Essex Live

Demolition completes at site earmarked for HS2 depot

The demolition of a 50-acre industrial site in Birmingham to make way for a new rail maintenance depot for HS2 has been completed by a Nottinghamshire business.

Insider Media

Councillors vow to get a grip of Milton Keynes enforcement issues

Residents and developers are getting away with breaking planning rules and councillors want to get to grips with it, according to a local news report.


Controversial McDonald’s proposals set for approval

Plans for a 'job-creating' McDonald's restaurant at a Wirral site just off the M53 and next to a prominent gym have been recommended for approval, despite more than 200 objections to the proposal.

Insider Media

Controversial energy plant could still be built in West Bromwich

A controversial plant that can turn waste into energy may still be built after developers lodged an appeal to an independent planning inspector.

Express & Star

Former BT office in Ipswich town centre up for sale 

A site in Ipswich town centre has been put up for sale with permission already granted for more than 100 new apartments and potential for further development.

Telereal Trillium

Approval given for almost 700 new homes in Melton

Permission has been given to build almost 700 new homes to the north of Melton with developers being required to pay around £6million towards the cost of the town’s approved partial bypass.

Melton Times

Refusal tipped for 350 homes

Plans to build up to 350 homes near Chesterfield have been recommended for refusal.

Insider Media

Green light for 89 new homes in Wymondham

Plans to build 89 new properties in Wymondham have been given the go-ahead after a new housing partnership was approved. 

Eastern Daily Press

Bidders invited for £340m new-build housing framework

Social housing consortium Efficiency North are inviting contractors to bid for a place on a £340 million new-build framework in Yorkshire and Humberside.

Infrastructure Intelligence

Report welcomes vision to create a National Park in the West Midlands

A government-commissioned report has welcomed ambitious proposals to create a new urban national park in the West Midlands region.

West Midlands Combined Authority

Inspector supports council on enforcement action

Enforcement action at a Gypsy and Travellers ‘transit site’ near Lutterworth has been upheld despite an appeal.

Harborough District Council

Mayor of London to consider Homebase planning application

City Hall has ‘called-in’ the planning decision on the redevelopment of the Homebase site in Richmond. This follows a resolution by Richmond Planning Committee to recommend refusal.

Richmond Borough Council

AONB landowner fined for serious planning breach

A Dorset landowner has been prosecuted and fined after failing to rectify a serious breach of planning control within the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Dorset Council