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Planning news – 21 May 2020

by on May 22, 2020

COVID-19: Application submissions fall in England and Wales
Data shows that planning applications of all types fell on average by 3.5 per cent in March and 18.5 per cent in April in England and Wales.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

COVID-19: Jenrick updates the country on construction and planning
Giving the daily government briefing on Covid-19 on 13 May, housing secretary Robert Jenrick spoke about the measures the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has put in place to get the construction industry back on site and enable the planning system to continue functioning in England.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

MHCLG updates COVID-19 guidance for planning in England
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has issued updated guidance to ensure that the planning system in England can ‘play its full part’ in the national and local economic recovery to come after the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

PINS to start visiting sites
The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) will begin visiting sites again now the government has signalled it can in a written ministerial statement following the easing of lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Changes to Welsh green regulator’s remit announced
The Welsh Government has set Natural Resources Wales (NRW) a number of new and repurposed priorities to target renewable energy, flood alleviation, tree planting and biodiversity.
Roger Milne, The Planner

News round-up

  • RTPI regional awards open for entries
  • Build-to-rent application submitted in Scottish capital
  • Council approves redevelopment of Manchester’s London Road Fire Station
  • Avison Young wins place on three L&Q frameworks
  • School approved in Gloucestershire
  • Trent Basin land acquisition complete
  • Essex planners give go-ahead for 120 homes at first ‘virtual’ meeting

Laura Edgar and Deborah Shrewsbury, The Planner

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