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England round-up: Wirral Council considers green belt land release in local plan; Brent bungalow head tenant fined £20,000 for neglect

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 14 July-20 July, 2018

Wirral Council considers green belt land release in local plan

The deputy leader of Wirral Council has said releasing green belt land in the area’s local plan to meet housing will be a ‘last resort’, as the cabinet is set to meet to discuss plans.

The Planner

Brent bungalow head tenant fined £20,000 for neglect

Willesden Magistrates Court has found a renter guilty of breaking housing management regulations after a property in Brent was described as a ‘deathtrap’.

The Planner

More than 1,000 affordable homes approved in Brent

Brent Council’s planning committee has approved an application to redevelop an industrial estate in Alperton, which includes 2,900 homes – 1,015 of which have been designated as affordable.

The Planner

‘Radical’ overhaul of construction sector is required, say Lords

The House of Lords has reported that the construction sector cannot meet the UK’s housing needs and ‘may struggle’ to meet its infrastructure needs.

The Planner

UK is failing to plan for elderly population, suggests report

Research by planning consultancy Lichfields has indicated that the UK is failing to plan for its ageing population.

The Planner

Government kicks off consultation on shale gas development 

The government has launched a consultation on proposed planning reforms for exploratory shale gas development in England.

The Planner

Stronger powers for councils to tackle empty homes announced

The government has introduced an amendment to its empty homes legislation that will allow councils to triple council tax for homes left empty for five to 10 years.

The Planner

New tram extension from Clifton could be on the way 

A new extension of the Nottingham tram network could soon be on the way after cash for a £200,000 feasibility study was approved.

Nottingham Post

Wiltshire Council adopts draft plan for homes up to 2026

A draft plan that decides where homes should be built in Wiltshire up to 2026 is to go to the secretary of state for housing, despite Wiltshire Council admitting it still has concerns about some of what is included.

Wiltshire Times

Villagers protest against HS2 Crofton route plan

Campaigners in a village affected by the HS2 route have staged a protest as officials came to talk about the plans.

BBC News

Further consultation launched on changes to A303 Stonehenge upgrade

The government has announced a consultation on changes to the A303 past Stonehenge that include removing the previously proposed link between Byways 11 and 12 in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.

UK Government

Expansion of wildlife protection sites in Essex 

Two important sites for waterfowl in Essex – Allfleet’s Marsh and Brandy Hole – have been afforded the strongest environmental protections available.

UK Government

Housing analysis claim is refuted by Shropshire Council

Charles Green from the Shropshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, has accused the unitary authority of going against the wishes of residents and local councils.

Shropshire Star

Government cladding ban must apply to exist buildings too, say MPs

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has called for an extension of the combustible cladding ban and action to tackle conflicts of interest in the construction industry, in a report considering building regulations and fire safety.

FM World

Haringey Council axes HDV but faces £520k bill 

Haringey Council faces a bill of more than £500,000 after it voted to abandon the Haringey Development Vehicle at a cabinet meeting this week.

Ham & High

Minister says he won’t force through unwanted super councils

Proposals to merge councils across Leicestershire into a single super council are looking unlikely to go ahead after a government minister promised not to force through unwanted reform.

Hinckley Times

RSP’s Manston Airport DCO application resubmitted 

RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) has resubmitted its application for a Development Consent Order in which it seeks development consent and compulsory acquisition powers over the Manston Airport site.


UK transport infrastructure exacerbates housing crisis

The dire state of the UK’s transport infrastructure is contributing to the housing crisis, according to a report published, by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Construction Industry Council