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Planning news – 10 August 2017

by on August 11, 2017

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Report: Sharma’s top priorities
As we look to the immediate and long-term future, new housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has a lot on his plate – a housing shortage (market, affordable and social), a lack of supporting infrastructure, and a growing skills shortage that is expected to get worse with Brexit.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

International status of Wales’s national parks and AONBs under threat
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas has warned that Wales’s national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) risk forfeiting their status as internationally recognised protected areas if contemplated reforms to the existing planning and designation regime are implemented.
Roger Milne, The Planner

Clark approves East Anglia offshore wind farm
Energy secretary Greg Clark has granted development consent to the East Anglia THREE offshore wind farm given the ‘national need’ for such a development.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Housing strategy approved in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) have approved housing plans that include a cash boost for 11 affordable housing schemes across the region to accelerate housing delivery.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning appeals round-up
A round-up of appeal decisions.

  • Colchester set for £17m boost as Javid approves retail scheme
  • Blues Brothers allowed to stay in Bedford conservation area
  • Dementia care unit in business park would create ‘onerous’ living conditions
  • Modular Timpson’s ‘pod’ too small to harm local businesses
  • 426-room student halls scheme allowed in business district despite policy conflict
  • Microbrewery in suburban garage ‘not disruptive’ to neighbours
  • Antisocial behaviour threat dismissed as children’s care home gets go-ahead
  • 95 homes approved in light of south Oxfordshire’s ‘dire’ housing shortfall
  • Herts zoo refused permission 12 months after opening
  • ‘Hazardous substances’ GPDO exception halts 65-flat scheme
  • Affordable housing condition removed on 17-home scheme

Matt Moody, The Planner

News round-up
A round up of planning news.

  • Developer for Birmingham Smithfield sought
  • 50 Slough homes approved
  • £75m for road improvements
  • Whitehaven homes approved
  • Government responds to Help to Buy reports
  • Application submitted for 240 homes in Oxfordshire
  • 61 homes approved in Penwortham
  • Grayling opens Cambridge station
  • Social housing provider issue funding

Laura Edgar, The Planner

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