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Planning news – 22 April 2021

by on April 23, 2021

UK’s native woodlands in ‘poor’ ecological condition
Native woodlands in the UK are ‘isolated and in poor ecological condition’, with just 7 per cent in good ecological condition, according to a report by the Woodland Trust.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Ease of access for SMEs would diversify housing supply
A think tank has suggested that changing permissions to delivery contracts could help to deliver more homes and improve access to the open market for small and medium-sized (SME) companies in England to diversify housing supply.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Developer withdraws legal action against Norwich regeneration scheme
Developer Weston Homes and site owners Columbia Threadneedle have withdrawn a High Court challenge against the housing secretary’s decision to reject plans to redevelop Anglia Square in the centre of Norwich.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

GPDO relaxations announced to help high street, hospitality, and tourism sectors in Wales
In a bid to help the high street, hospitality and tourism sectors recover from Covid-19, chief planner Neil Hemington has written to all planning authorities temporarily relaxing planning control for specified development through amendments to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995.
Roger Milne, The Planner

Council vows to protect green belt
Sevenoaks District Council has pledged to protect the green belt after it was refused permission to appeal a judicial review decision against a planning inspector’s reasons for refusing its local plan.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

News round-up
• Self-build fund goes live
• Healthcare scheme approved in Lambeth
• Affordable housing feature in heritage development in Bolton
• Marylebone House redevelopment to go ahead
• Ebenezer Howard statue unveiled in Welwyn Garden City
• New affordable homes venture launched
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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