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Planning news – 16 January 2020

by on January 17, 2020

Office conversions cost communities thousands of affordable homes in four years, say LGA
Research by the Local Government Association (LGA) suggests that communities have potentially lost out on 13,500 affordable homes in the past four years as a result of permitted development rules.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Mace submits plans to regenerate Stevenage
Proposals for the regeneration of Stevenage town centre have been lodged with the borough council.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

National Trust to use trees to lock up 300k tonnes of carbon
The National Trust has announced plans to establish 18,000 hectares of woodland (20 million trees) as part of its ambition to become carbon net zero by 2030.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Compulsory purchase reforms to boost Welsh housing supply
Welsh ministers want to give local councils stronger compulsory purchase powers over vacant land and redundant buildings to increase the supply of housing.
Roger Milne, The Planner

Secretary of State considers passing control of South Oxfordshire plan to county council
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has written to South Oxfordshire District Council to say he is considering passing control of the area’s local plan to Oxfordshire County Council.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

News round-up
A round-up of planning news.

  • Planning system is not broken, says Hills
  • Approval for mental health facilities at London hospital
  • Project to identify barriers in planning for traveller sites
  • Calderdale consults on draft plan
  • Council rejects housing plan due to flooding concerns
  • Scottish Government launches new planning website

Laura Edgar, The Planner

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