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22/09/2015

News in Brief: RTPI vice-president vote deadline approaches; plans submitted for Old Oak Common

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 22 September, 2015

Consultation on ‘costs protection in environmental claims’ starts

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation into costs protection in environmental claims. Views are being sought on how to improve the rules relating to costs protection in certain environmental challenges. The consultation sets out proposals for how to improve the Environmental Costs Protection Regime within the framework of relevant EU law requirements. The deadline for responses is 10 December 2015. The consultation paper can be downloaded here.

Deadline approaching for RTPI VP vote 

Voting for the election of the 2016 vice-president for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is due to close on 30 September. Marion Chalmers and Stephen Wilkinson are both standing for election. Chartered members can vote for whom they want to be 2016 vice-president. For more information on this and voting for other roles - Fellows and Ordinary members of the GA and Chartered Member of the Board of Trustees - please visit the RTPI website.

Clark urges Yorkshire to form single region

Communities minister Greg Clark has urged Yorkshire leaders to bury local rivalries and drive forward the government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ plans. Speaking to the Financial Times, Clark said he would prefer to see Yorkshire combined as a single entity under an elected mayor. He welcomes a proposed Sheffield city region, but would like to see the rest of the county form a single entity. The government has received five bids from the county: Greater Yorkshire; Hull, Yorkshire, Leeds City Region and the Northern Powerhouse; Leeds City Region, Sheffield City Region and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding.

G4S to secure ‘super sewer’ construction

Tideway Investment Partners has appointed G4S to secure the construction of London’s Thames Tideway Tunnel. The firm will provide security and technical services to the West, Central and East tunnel sections. This will include a project command and control centre and security management for the seven-year contract.

Plans submitted for Old Oak Common

Essential Living, a developer and manager of homes for rent, has submitted plans for more than 500 homes for long-term rent as part of the first major regeneration scheme inside the Old Oak Common development area in West London. The Perfume Factory in North Acton – a 1.16-hectare (2.8 acre) site at 140 Wales Farm Road - will include a mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom rented apartments and four-bedroom mews houses across five blocks. The scheme, on the site of the former Elizabeth Arden factory, is the first new development to come forward within Old Oak Common.

Planning think tank launched

Former Conservative Parliamentary candidate Hannah David has set up Planning Futures, a think tank aimed at nurturing “a new conversation about planning in the UK”. It is a cross-party organisation, David said in a statement on her website, “with the sole purpose of bringing all planning stakeholders together to develop new ideas to improve our planning system”. The statement continued: “In the early years of the 21st century, we are confronted with massive challenges in meeting our housing and infrastructure needs. In many cases, the planning process has proved an obstacle to efficient, effective and democratic decision making. Planning Futures will host events and publish cutting-edge research aimed at finding new ways forward for planners, politicians and community groups as they seek to plan the future for our communities.”

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