Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has told MPs that he regrets giving Richard Desmond his phone number a couple of months before he unlawfully allowed the developer’s appeal against the non-determination of the Westferry Printworks scheme.
Housing minister Christopher Pincher has admitted that he “misspoke” when he mistakenly told MPs that a yet-to-be-decided application to redevelop a historic bell foundry in east London had been refused by the secretary of state.
The planning minister Christopher Pincher has mistakenly told the House of Commons that the secretary of state has already refused plans to redevelop a historic former bell foundry in east London, despite the fact that the application is still awaiting determination.
The housing secretary has called in plans to redevelop the former headquarters of the London Fire Brigade into a 443-home mixed-use development, six months after they were approved by the local authority.
The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that it is assessing an “allegation” made in relation to the housing secretary’s recently-overturned consent for a 1,500-home scheme in London’s Docklands.
Plans for an 800-home development in south east London featuring a 27-storey tower have been refused on appeal after the secretary of state judged that the scheme would “loom oppressively” over its surroundings and was “visually jarring”.
Business secretary Alok Sharma has granted consent for the UK’s largest solar farm in Kent, the first such project to be determined under the streamlined planning regime for major infrastructure, after placing “substantial weight” on its contribution to renewable energy generation.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has called in six planning applications for major industrial and logistics schemes and associate infrastructure on green belt sites in Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has dismissed an appeal for 516 homes on York’s green belt due to the risk of damaging a nearby “irreplaceable” bog and designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The housing secretary has allowed an appeal for 500 homes on green belt in Oxfordshire, after citing the area’s “acute” affordable housing need among the “very special circumstances” required to justify the scheme.