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England round-up: Watford mayor writes to housing secretary on windowless flats appeal; Volume appeal casework ‘not good enough’

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 13 July-19 July, 2019

Watford mayor writes to housing secretary on windowless flats appeal

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor has written to housing secretary James Brokenshire about his concerns regarding permitted development rights.

The Planner

Planning guidance lacks smart energy ambition

Greater national political clarity on the importance of smart energy and climate change is required through planning guidance or a ministerial statement, the RTPI suggests.

The Planner

Volume appeal casework ‘not good enough’

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has acknowledged that its performance in deciding its volume appeal casework ‘has not been good enough’.

The Planner

SuDS hold up planning applications in England

A report suggests that planning applications in England are twice as likely to be blocked or delayed due to sustainable drainage system (SuDS) design compared to applications in Wales.

The Planner

RTPI appoints diversity consultant

The RTPI has appointed a specialist diversity and inclusion consultant to draw up an action plan that aims to increase the diversity of the town planning profession.

The Planner

Permitted development a risk to health

English councils have warned that homes created through permitted development rights ‘are a potential threat’ to people’s health and wellbeing.

The Planner

London mayor rejects Tulip Tower

Sadiq Khan has directed the City of London Corporation to refuse planning permission for the controversial skyscraper on land adjacent to 20 Bury Street.

The Planner

Consultation begins on electric vehicle charge points for new homes

The government has published a consultation on proposals that would require all new-build homes to be fitted with electric car charge points.

The Planner

Runnymede council approves Egham regeneration plans 

Runnymede Borough Council has approved plans for more than 100 new homes, shops, restaurants and a cinema in Egham, Surrey.

The Planner

University of Hertfordshire receives RTPI accreditation

The RTPI has granted accreditation to the University of Hertfordshire’s master’s degrees in sustainable planning.

The Planner

Natural England to launch NNR in South London 

Natural England has announced that London’s third National Nature Reserve (NNR) will be unveiled on 25 July during a ceremony in Croydon, South London.

The Planner

Government plans for climate change action welcomed by RTPI 

A speech by environment secretary Michael Gove, in which he makes the case for urgent action to tackle climate change and reverse nature’s decline, has been welcomed by the RTPI.


Councillors call for Crewe station regeneration even if HS2 pulled

Councillors insist regeneration around Crewe train station must be kept as a priority even if the next prime minister pulls the plug on HS2, the Nantwich News reports. 

The Planner

Consultation on major A428 upgrade to enter its final week 

A major consultation on updated plans to transform one of the busiest roads in the East of England closes on 28 July.

UK Government

High streets open doors to community projects 

Empty shops are turning into 'vibrant' community centres under new plans that aim to take back control of vacant high streets as a government-backed scheme goes live in five towns across the country.

UK Government 

Plans for renewable energy plant set to move forward

Plans for a job-creating renewable energy centre on land close to Nissan's Sunderland plant have been recommended for approval despite significant opposition.

Insider Media

Alderley Park submits planning application for new homes

A planning application for an additional 25 homes at Alderley Park has been submitted to Cheshire East Council.

Alderley Edge

Minister apologises to Scruton over sacking

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has apologised to academic Sir Roger Scruton for sacking him as a government adviser over a magazine interview.

BBC News