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Planning news – 25 March 2021

by on March 26, 2021

Local authorities to have longer to spend right-to-buy receipts
Housing and communities secretary Robert Jenrick has set out a number of reforms to the right-to-buy policy, including extending the time local authorities in England have to spend right-to-buy receipts from three years to five years.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Legal challenge for continuation of virtual planning meetings is lodged
The Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO), Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) and Hertfordshire County Council have lodged a legal challenge in the High Court that seeks a continuation of local authority remote meetings beyond 6 May 2021.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Unlimited fines will apply to fire safety breaches, says government
The Home Office has announced that building owners that breach fire safety regulations could face unlimited fines under measures being introduced in the building safety bill.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Bristol City Council approves East Street plans
Bristol City Council has approved plans by developer Firmstone to build new homes and a large retail space on a former Argos store site on East Street in Bedminster.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

Passenger rail strategy published for south-east Wales
The Cardiff Capital Region has published a blueprint for passenger rail services across south-east Wales, which has been endorsed by the 10 local authorities involved in the area’s growth deal.
Roger Milne, The Planner

News round-up
• Combined authority seeks developers of brownfield housing sites
• Birmingham to draw up tree plan
• UKPN awards planning contract
• Guidance set out for housing professionalism
• Modular housing developer secures South East site
• And more stories…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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