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England round-up: NPPF to be published before ‘summer recess’, says housing secretary; 20% of England’s homes are for private rent

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 7 July-13 July, 2018

NPPF to be published before ‘summer recess’, says housing secretary

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has said he hopes a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will be ready ‘before the summer recess’, which starts on the 24 July.

The Planner

20% of England’s homes are for private rent

The government’s English Housing Survey suggests that the private rented sector accounted for 20 per cent of households in England in 2016/17.

The Planner

‘Setback’ for planning apprenticeship degree

The Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group has received confirmation that its appeal to overturn the decision by the Institute for Apprenticeships to not approve the Level 7 Chartered Town Planner Apprentice Standard has been rejected.

The Planner

New office tower approved in London

The City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee has granted planning permission for a skyscraper – Cheesegrater 2 – at 100 Leadenhall.

The Planner

Land Registry launches digital register

HM Land Registry has introduced its new digital Local Land Charges Register.

The Planner

NPPF should include provision for electric vehicles

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will ensure that local planning policies can incorporate facilities for charging electric vehicles, according to the government’s Road to Zero Strategy.

The Planner

LEPs form new body to support Northern Powerhouse 

Jake Berry, minister for the Northern Powerhouse, has announced that local enterprise partnerships in the North of England will form a new body to support government plans for the Northern Powerhouse across the region.

The Planner

New house is 3ft too high, says neighbour

A man has claimed a new house being built near his home in Henley is up to three feet too high.

Henley Standard

Draft Wealden plan increases number of homes to be built in district

Wealden Council has increased the number of homes to built in the district between 2013 and 2028 from 11,456 to 14,228 in the latest draft of its local plan.

Uckfield News

Residents furious at Eastern Green masterplan and ‘sham’ consultation

Residents are furious at developers of the Eastern Green masterplan over what they feel is too short a time for consultation.

Coventry Telegraph

Barn conversion approved in the Yorkshire Dales

An application brought by a young couple from Hawes to convert a barn on the eastern fringe of the town into a house has been approved unanimously by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s planning committee, despite objections from the Highway Authority.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Council pilots verge harvester

Lincolnshire County Council has launched a pilot that sees a verge harvester cut and collect grass from verges to turn into energy.

@LincolnshireCC (Twitter)  

£1.8 million to maximise benefits of HS2 for East Midlands available

The East Midlands HS2 Partnership will receive up to £1.8 million of funding aimed at helping to realise the potential of the new HS2 station at Toton, the transport secretary has announced.

UK Government

Mayor’s report calls for increase in infrastructure investment

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on the government to increase national infrastructure spending.

Greater London Authority

Council to confirm national park plan responses

Members of South Lakeland District Council’s cabinet have been recommended to endorse the council’s submission to the Lake District National Park’s Local Plan consultation.

Cumbria Crack

145-acre quarry extension tipped for go-ahead

A Nottinghamshire quarry could be extended by 145 acres after new plans were tipped to be given the go-ahead next week.

Insider Media

West London housing estate to be demolished for new homes

Westminster City Council has approved plans to demolish and replace Pimlico’s Ebury Bridge Estate. At least 342 of the 750 planned homes at Pimlico's Ebury Bridge will be affordable housing, the council has promised.


Firm hit with £1,622 court bill after planning row

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has prosecuted landowner Rocks Property over the state of the former Normacot Hotel, in Normacot.

Stoke-on-Trent Live

Council to crack down on garages

Barnet Council has pledged to crack down on alleged vehicle-dumping by garages carrying out repair work in the streets. Planning enforcement, environmental health and highways teams will work together on a plan to ensure that businesses operate within the law.