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England round-up: Virtual meetings should continue, say town planners; Community group awarded cash for NDO

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 12 June-18 June, 2021

Town planners: Virtual meetings should continue

The members of the RTPI believe that local authorities should be able to continue to hold at least some of their meetings virtually.

The Planner

UK is ‘failing’ to use its resources to address climate crisis risks

Action in the UK to improve its resilience to the climate crisis is ‘failing’ to keep pace with the impacts of a warming planet, according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC).

The Planner

Community group awarded cash for NDO

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has awarded Arches Chatham Neighbourhood Forum (ACNF) a sum of £50,000 in funding to go towards the creation of one England’s first neighbourhood development orders (NDO).

The Planner

UK infrastructure bank opens

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has opened the UK infrastructure bank, which seeks to support local growth and tackle climate change.

The Planner

Legal action sought over Southampton runway extension

Campaigners have announced that they will mount a legal challenge against the decision by Eastleigh Borough Council to approve plans to extend the runway at Southampton Airport.

The Planner

Regeneration masterplan adopted in West Midlands town

Birmingham City Council has adopted a masterplan that is intended to regenerate the town centre of Sutton Coldfield.

The Planner

Mixed-tenure development approved in Telford

Telford and Wrekin Council has granted planning permission for a 329-home mixed-tenure  development on a 14.85-hectare brownfield site off Donnington Wood Way in Telford.

The Planner 

Implementing stronger measures for fire safety is ‘taking too long’

Four years on from the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, there is still much to do to improve the fire safety of buildings, according to the industry.

Facilitate Magazine

PINS updates Covid-19 guidance

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has announced that the government’s delay to step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown does not affect its current guidance.

UK Government

Appalling conditions uncovered across an entire housing estate

The UK’s biggest housing association has admitted it has failed tenants after an ITV News investigation found widespread disrepair and squalid conditions across an entire housing estate of nearly 500 homes.

ITV News

Work to start next year on Leeds solar farm

Work could start early next year on a new solar energy scheme to the east of Leeds following the award of planning permission.

Insider Media

School Streets schemes to launch in the Bradford district 

A pilot scheme designed to encourage more sustainable and healthy travel for schoolchildren is being launched in the Bradford district. 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Homes plan for Dudley pub site

Planners at Dudley Council have given the green light for developer P Suwan to build 12 three-bedroom houses on the land on the corner of Maple Road and Limes Road. The site was formerly home to the Duncan Edwards public house.

Express & Star

Date set for planning inquiry into Somerset village application

The fate of plans for new homes in a small Somerset village will be decided at a public inquiry later this summer. Gladman Developments was refused outline planning permission for 63 new homes in Coleford in August 2020.

Somerset Live

Jenrick calls-in 20-storey West London affordable housing scheme

Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s decision to approve plans for a 20-storey residential tower block will be re-examined by a planning inspector following an intervention by housing secretary Robert Jenrick.

Housing Today

Ex-councillor under investigation over green belt building works

A former planning chairman has denied any wrongdoing after Havering Council launched an enforcement investigation into his green belt development project near Pages Wood.

Romford Recorder

Eviction protection extended for businesses most in need 

Businesses that have had to remain closed during the pandemic and are unable to pay rent on their commercial property will continue to be protected from eviction, giving them the breathing space they need and helping to protect jobs, the government has announced.

UK Government

Local backing sought for a multimillion-pound funding bid for Coalville

Businesses and organisations around Coalville are being asked to show their support for a Levelling Up Fund bid which is being submitted by a partnership between North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), the owners of the Belvoir Shopping Centre, Gylo and Stephenson College.

North West Leicestershire District Council

Plans for Carlisle station redevelopment takes step forward

Plans to transform Carlisle railway station and its surroundings remain on track with the appointment of the contractors for design and build elements of the £20 million Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal funded redevelopment works.

Your Cumbria

Homebuilders ‘jumping the gun’, say villagers

Residents living near a site on which 340 homes could be built say work has got under way before conditions attached to the planning permission have been met.

Shropshire Star

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