A north London council has approved plans for over 1,000 build-to-rent homes in two separate schemes, despite both developments ‘falling short’ of local planning policy on both affordable housing provision and amenity space.
Four City of London councillors have launched a petition accusing the corporation’s planning committee of a series of “bad planning decisions” caused by “conflicts of interest” that has resulted in consents for “ever taller buildings which blight neighbouring properties and degrade heritage assets”.
A local government minister has told authority leaders that they must resume face-to-face meetings from next week, while consultants and an opposition minister have warned that yesterday’s judgment confirming the end of virtual council meetings risks delays to planning decisions.
The redevelopment of a Basildon town centre shopping centre into a mixed-use 2,800-home scheme has been approved, after officers advised that the proposal’s regeneration benefits outweighed the net loss of about 61,000 square metres of retail floorspace and the initial provision of just five per cent affordable housing.
Derby City Council has approved plans for a 209,000 square metre food production, distribution and training facility on an industrial brownfield site after officers advised that the scheme’s economic benefits, including the promise of 5,000 jobs, should be given “considerable weight”.
The City of London has approved its own plans for a huge 53,000 square metre civic development off Fleet Street, including an 18-courtroom facility and a new headquarters for the City of London Police, despite concerns about the loss of historic and listed buildings and the impact on views of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Birmingham City Council has granted permission for a 93,500 square-metre “health and innovation campus” to be partly used by the city’s university, after officers advised that, despite a heritage impact concern raised by Historic England, the scheme would bring “substantial economic benefits”.
Plans for a 51-storey, 667-home tower in Birmingham have been approved for the second time after its original consent was overturned last year because the council failed to include an objection from a conservation campaign group in a report to its planning committee.
Plans have been submitted for a 1,250-home development on brownfield land in Bexley, south London.
A renewable energy company has submitted a planning application to produce so-called ‘green hydrogen’ from a new solar farm in the Dorset green belt.