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England round-up: 1 in 5 new homes to be a starter home under government plans; Councils concerned by rise of homelessness and waiting lists

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 26 March-1 April, 2016

1 in 5 new homes to be a starter home under government plans

New government proposals will see that one in five homes is a starter home on sites comprising 10 or more dwellings.

The Planner

Consultation launched on moving Land Registry to private sector

Business secretary Sajid Javid has launched a consultation into the options for moving Land Registry operations into the private sector.

The Planner

Goldsmith and Khan talk transport fares and capacity

London mayoral hopefuls Conservative Zac Goldsmith and Labour’s Sadiq Khan have both promised to increase the London Underground network’s capacity as they continued their campaigns.

The Planner

Survey: Councils concerned by rise of homelessness and waiting lists

Homelessness and housing waiting lists will rise as government housing policies such as the Right to Buy develop, reducing the number of homes available to communities, suggests a survey.

The Planner

RTPI Research Awards open for entry

The 2016 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence are now open for entries from all RTPI-accredited planning schools and planning consultancies in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and internationally.


Over £800m to improve London’s busiest railway station

A programme of investment worth more than £800 million over the next three years aims to increase capacity and improve more than half-a-million daily journeys at London’s Waterloo Station.

Network Rail

Council set to consult in May on ‘unpalatable choices’ to accommodate town’s 50% expansion

Slough Borough Council is set to hold a formal consultation in May on more than 100 sites suggested for designation in the borough’s new local plan to 2036.

Colnbrook Views

Slough planning chief urges caution over Colnbrook Neighbourhood Plan

Slough Borough Council has told Colnbrook parish councillors that some “unpalatable choices” will have to be made as the new local plan for Slough develops – but has cautioned the parish to be realistic in its aspirations to produce its own neighbourhood plan.

Colnbrook Views

Home affordability gap widens to worst level in 8 years

Across UK cities, home affordability – the ratio between average city house prices and average gross local earnings – has hit its worst level in eight years, according to Lloyds Bank’s Affordable Cities Review.

Lloyds Bank

London mayoral election: Housing top concern, poll suggests

Housing is the most important issue for Londoners in the forthcoming mayoral election, a new poll indicates.

BBC News

‘Queen of the curve’ Zaha Hadid dies aged 65

Dame Zaha Hadid, the world-renowned architect, whose designs include the London Olympic aquatic centre, has died aged 65.

The Guardian

Don’t ignore public, HS2 chiefs are told

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee said there was a ‘defensive culture’ and bosses needed to remember they “serve the public”.

Express & Star

Planning issues prevent progress at former hotel

The future of a landmark site on the way into Wooler is up in the air until the outcome of a planning appeal.

Northumberland Gazette

Plans in for major Harrogate business park

Outline plans have been submitted for a major 130,000 square feet business park in Harrogate that could support more than 500 jobs. A neighbouring plot in the spa town is the subject of another application for a new mental health in-patient facility.

Insider Media Limited

HS2 phase 2 race starts with £520m consultants’ prize

HS2 has kicked off procurement for phase 2 of the project with fee work worth an estimated £520 million up for grabs.

Construction Enquirer

Jobs boom continues in Enterprise Zones

England's 24 Enterprise Zones have helped to boost employment with an extra 2,000 jobs, according to the government.

UK Government

Government figures show renewables breaking new records and electricity bills coming down

New official figures "highlight the record performance" of renewable energy over the past year. Renewables "are playing a central role" in powering Britain’s homes, business and factories – and fuel bills "are falling".


Preferred central route for East West Rail announced

The central section of East West Rail will go through the Bedford-Sandy-Cambridge corridor, Network Rail has announced.

Rail Technology Magazine