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England round-up: £500m Birmingham regeneration plan, TCPA warns planning system could soon be lost

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 7 March-13 March, 2015

£500m Birmingham regeneration plan

Birmingham is launching a £500 million plan to regenerate a 14-hectare site to deliver 1,000 homes and 3,000 jobs.

The Planner

TCPA warns planning system could soon be lost

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) says “consistent deregulation and demoralisation” of the planning system is putting England’s towns, cities and countryside at risk. 

The Planner

Government pledges £150m custom-build fund

Housing minister Brandon Lewis says a new government fund will allow custom-builders to get their projects off the ground more quickly.

The Planner

HS2: transport minister drops Heathrow spur

Plans for a new rail link to Heathrow Airport as part of the HS2 high-speed network have been ruled out by transport minister Patrick McLoughlin.

BBC News

Plans unveiled for £55 million transfomation at Twycross Zoo

Bosses at Twycross Zoo are spending £55 million to transform the site into one of the country’s leading visitor attractions.

Leicester Mercury

TCPA say climate change action must be taken to protect communities

The Town and Country Planning Association say climate change is "already having a serious impact on our landscape, agriculture and the built up areas of our nation." 


Dr Michaela Benson says "we need to renew and expand on the self-build legacy."

Open Democracy

Committee go against officer advice on housing development

Members of the Isle of Wight council’s planning committee have rejected plans for a housing development on the outskirt of Brighstone.

On the Wight

Galley Common villagers lose fight to stop new housing estate going ahead

A new housing development at Galley Common will go ahead - despite hundreds of letters of objection from residents and a protest campaign supported by local councillors and Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones.

Coventry Telegraph

Tyne pedestrian tunnel revamp delayed as builders go bust

A £7.1 million revamp of the Tyne pedestrian and cycle tunnel has been delayed for a third time after the contractors went into administration.

BBC News

MPs criticise £53bn bill for Sellafield clean-up

MPs have launched a fresh attack on the rising cost and delays in decommissioning and cleaning up the Sellafield nuclear site.

BBC News

IGas signs £30m shale gas deal with Ineos to expand

UK shale firm IGas has signed a £30 million gas deal with Swiss company Ineos in a tie-up designed to expand IGas's exploration efforts.

BBC News

Phil Mackie asks if this year is Birmingham's year?

Phil Mackie looks back at the last 10 years in Birmingham and discusses "a new air of confidence" in the city.

BBC News