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07/02/2020

England round-up: Visual impact not an obligatory consideration when assessing green belt openness; WMCA affordable housing definition is approved

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in England: 1 February-7 February, 2020

Visual impact not an obligatory consideration when assessing green belt openness

The Supreme Court has ruled that openness does not ‘imply freedom from all forms of potential development’.

The Planner

WMCA affordable housing definition is approved

The West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Housing and Land Board has set its definition of affordable housing as the real-world incomes of people in the area rather than local house prices.

The Planner

Stats: 11% rise in new-build starts over summer 2019 

Statistics from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government show an 11 per cent increase in the number of housing starts between July and September 2019 compared with the corresponding period in 2018.

The Planner

462 homes to be built in West London

Jules Pipe, London’s deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills, has approved plans for 462 homes and a leisure centre in Earl’s Court.

The Planner

Alexander Stadium redevelopment receives approval

Birmingham City Council’s planning committee has approved plans to redevelop Alexander Stadium for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Planner

Up to 3,500 council homes planned for Enfield 

Up to 3,500 affordable council homes will be built in Enfield over the next decade. They would be funded by extra borrowing and are likely to include social rent, London Affordable Rent, London Living Rent and shared ownership tenures.

This is Local London

‘Millionaires row’ residents launch appeal gated community ban 

A battle over plans to create a gated community at a millionaires’ estate in Sutton Coldfield has recommenced after residents submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

Birmingham Mail

Kent’s Disneyland in Swanscombe in the ‘last-chance saloon’

An MP has said bosses behind an ambitious £5 billion entertainment resort are “drinking in the last-chance saloon” amid fears the project is now endangering jobs.

Kent Online

Council plans tighter restrictions for Queen’s Park neighbourhood 

Tighter planning controls in the Queen’s Park area are being considered after concerns over HMO conversions leading to the loss of original features.

Brighton and Hove News

City of London appoints interim planning chief

The City of London Corporation has appointed Gwyn Richards, currently assistant director of design, as its interim chief planning officer.

Property Week

Spring opening for Britain’s biggest road project 

Highways England has announced that the £1.5 billion scheme that aims to improve journeys between the East of England and the Midlands will open ahead of schedule.

UK Government

Councillors advised against challenging rejection of local plan

Wealden councillors have been being advised against challenging a planning inspector’s rejection of their local plan.

Uckfield News

300-home job-creating development proposed

Plans have been lodged for a development more than 300 homes on the North Yorkshire coast that could support the creation of about 800 jobs.

Insider Media

£1m house in bitter planning row may need to be demolished

An NHS consultant is under pressure to demolish his £1,000,000 home in a bitter row with neighbours after it was built without proper planning permission.

Metro

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