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England round-up: £4bn Birmingham transport plan, £60m Wigan makeover

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 8 November - 14 November, 2014

Birmingham unveils its £4bn transport plan

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin launched Birmingham Connected in the city today, a vision that places buses, trams and people’s safety at its core.

The Planner 

Wigan gets a £60m makeover

The Galleries shopping centre in Wigan will be redeveloped after Wigan Council approved a £60 million privately funded scheme.

The Planner 

RTPI publishes final two Planning Horizons reports

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has published the final two reports in its Planning Horizons series.

The Planner 

New York housing supremo: ‘The strength of a city is in its diversity’

Alicia Glen, New York’s deputy mayor, on why the UK should learn from her ambitious plans and beef up its private rental market to solve our housing crisis.

The Guardian 

'Soulless' Fosse Park expansion will threaten Leicester city centre trade, warn council officials

The expansion of the out-of-town Fosse Park shopping complex will threaten businesses in Leicester city centre, senior council officials have warned.

Leicester Mercury 

Work on £6m flood wall at Albert Dock starts

Work has started on a £6m project to protect hundreds of homes in Hull from future flooding.

BBC News

Councils consider 11,000 Tees homes

More than 11,000 homes are being considered for construction across Teesside and Darlington, according to the BBC.

BBC News 

Isle of Man wind and tidal power schemes 'worth £5m a year'

Leasing the Manx seabed for renewable energy could generate £5m a year and create 60 local jobs, the government has said.

BBC News 

Reading's Civic Centre approved for demolition

The demolition of the Civic Centre in Reading has been approved by the council.

BBC News 

New Forest authority loses £1.6m cycle funding

More than £1.5m in funding meant for improving cycling in the New Forest will be handed back to the government.

BBC News 

Northern Line extension to Battersea and Nine Elms gets the go ahead

An ambitious scheme to extend the Northern Line to Nine Elms and Battersea was today given the green light by the government.

Evening Standard