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England round-up: Women’s chances of promotion are ‘limited’ because of gender, says RTPI; County councils ‘should manage strategic planning’

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 29 February-6 March, 2020

RTPI: Women’s chances of promotion ‘limited’ because of gender

Many women working in the planning profession face inappropriate comments at work and feel their opportunities for promotion are limited because of their gender, concludes an RTPI study.

The Planner

County councils should manage strategic planning, says report

The government should consider how county authorities could take a “more material role” in the strategic and spatial planning process, according to a report published this week.

The Planner

Urban dwellers ‘want more investment in cycling’

Residents of major urban areas in the UK want more investment in cycling and walking, according to a report spearheaded by national charity Sustrans.

The Planner

SoS removes holding direction on South Oxfordshire plan but still intervenes

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has written to South Oxfordshire District Council to remove the holding direction on the area’s local plan.

The Planner 

Bolsover adopts local plan

Bolsover District Council has adopted its new local plan, which aims to facilitate delivery of 5,168 new homes over the plan period.

The Planner

Jenrick announces £3.5m Grimsby Town Deal funds

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has approved over £3.5 million of government funding for Grimsby, including £2.2 million of new investment for the next phase of its Town Deal.

The Planner

WMCA injects funds into Caparo steelworks site housing scheme

A joint venture will receive a multimillion-pound funding boost from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to help it transform the former Caparo steelworks site in Walsall into a 252-home community.

The Planner

Shropshire Council cricket club decision ruled out of bounds

Shropshire Council has been asked by Michael King, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, to build and maintain a new boundary fence so that a cricket club can return to its ground.

The Planner

Consultation opens on advice for tall buildings

Historic England has launched a consultation on its updated draft advice note to guide the planning and design of tall buildings.

The Planner

HS2 legal challenge launched by Chris Packham 

A fresh legal challenge to HS2 has been launched by the naturalist and broadcaster Chris Packham, arguing that the UK Government’s decision to approve the high-speed rail network failed to take account of its carbon emissions and climate impact.

The Guardian

Planning submitted for new supermarket in Warwickshire

Planning permission has been submitted for a new supermarket in Warwickshire. Retailer Lidl has put forward plans to build a store on the old Homebase site in Warwick, which is located on Emscote Road. 

Coventry Telegraph

Potential enforcement action at The New Dairy and News progresses

Wigan Council is “progressing potential enforcement action” against a convenience store that has been operating as a fish and chip shop without planning permission.

Leigh Journal

New minister determined to help HS2 regain public trust

Andrew Stephenson, the new HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail minister, has outlined his determination to bring change to how the project is delivered, and says HS2 needs to regain the public’s trust.

Infrastructure Intelligence

Plan revealed for new café in historic city centre building

Two weeks after the café in King’s Manor closed, plans for a replacement have been revealed. Planning documents confirm that it will be considerably smaller than the previous version.

York Mix

Planning officers shut down work starting in Old Sarum

Old Sarum Airfield boss Grenville Hodge has hit back at claims that he does not have planning permission to build a car wash service – after planning enforcement officers were called to the airfield.

Salisbury Journal

Crossrail 2 business case passed by Department for Transport

The business case for Crossrail 2 has been given preliminary approval by the Department for Transport (DfT), bringing the project closer to a decision on its final fate.

City AM

Views sought on changes to CfD

The government is seeking views on a number of proposed changes to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme to ensure that it continues to support low-carbon electricity generation at the lowest possible cost to consumers.

UK Government

Offshore Wind Sector Deal – one year on 

The government has outlined the progress made on the Offshore Wind Sector Deal that was announced last year.

UK Government

Revised plans for 3,000-home village at Wetherby

Oakgate Group has submitted a revised planning application for 3,000 new homes around Cattal railway station in North Yorkshire.

Wetherby News