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England round-up: West London council to host virtual planning meeting; Thanet plan approved by Planning Inspectorate

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 4 April-10 April, 2020

West London council to host virtual planning meeting

Kensington and Chelsea Council is due to host what it believes will be the first fully virtual planning meeting since new regulations came into force last week.  

The Planner

Thanet plan approved by Planning Inspectorate

Thanet Local Plan has been found sound by the Planning Inspectorate (PINs) – subject to a number of modifications.

The Planner

Hackney Council is 100 per cent renewable

Hackney Council is now sourcing 100 per cent of the electricity it uses from renewable sources.

Environment Journal

Report: London named as most expensive global construction location

London is the most expensive city in the world in which to build, according to the latest International Construction Costs report, published by Arcadis.

Infrastructure Intelligence

Greenfield land at ‘risk’

Family homes and greenfield land across Brighton and Hove are at risk, local Conservatives have warned.

Brighton & Hove News

Living Space Housing secures land for homes

Living Space Housing has secured a 6.3-acre site off Majestic Way in Telford to develop 39 new homes. The site was secured from Homes England.

Shropshire Star

Council housing project could be delayed due to coronavirus

A multimillion-pound programme to refurbish 21,000 Dudley council homes expected to begin this summer could be delayed because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Hereford Times

HS2 woodland work in Staffordshire to go ahead

Work on ancient woodland in Staffordshire to make way for HS2 will go ahead this month after a legal bid to stop it was thrown out.

Express & Star

Wedding venue plans for stable block declined

North Devon Council has declined to determine the decision on plans for a wedding venue because of a pre-existing enforcement notice it had issued on the land.

Devon Live

Council to address planning applications remotely

Telford & Wrekin Council has announced changes to how it deals with planning applications in light of the coronavirus lockdown.

Shropshire Star

Concern as unelected officers decide planning applications

Concerns have been raised over a decision by Cornwall Council to let unelected officers decide whether developments should be granted planning permission.

Cornish Stuff

White Stuff founder wants to plant trees to shield unlawful tennis court

A millionaire fashion chain boss wants to plant more than 1,000 trees to screen a tennis court, garage and skate park he has been ordered to take down.

BBC News

New Wildlife Trusts CEO wants to make it easier for people to enjoy nature

What if a full third of the UK’s land and sea was handed back to nature? What would our country look like? Craig Bennett, new CEO of The Wildlife Trusts, believes it would spark a recovery of wildlife, turning everything from motorway verges to railway embankments into a ‘Nature Recovery Network’.