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England round-up: 1,000 homes approved in West Midlands town; Lords vote to protect pubs

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of plannings new in England: 25 February-3 March, 2017

Report: ‘Rigged’ house-building system is failing families

The current system of housebuilding in England is producing homes that are poor in quality and expensive, with eight in 10 families unable to afford a new build home.

The Planner

1,000 homes approved in West Midlands town

Lichfield District Council’s planning committee has approved a development comprising up to 1,000 homes for a site in Tamworth.

The Planner

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Lords vote to protect pubs

The House of Lords has voted to amend the Neighbourhood Planning Bill so it removes permitted development rights relating to the change of use or demolition of pubs.

The Planner

Wind modelling project takes top prize at London awards

A project that modelled wind in and around a cluster of tall buildings in the east of the City of London has won the top prize at the 2017 London Planning Awards.


Plan to exploit benefits of HS2 among winners at East Midlands awards

The HS2 Emerging Growth Strategy, the plan to maximise the economic benefits of HS2 in the East Midlands, has been announced as one of six winners at the RTPI East Midlands Planning Awards.


Haringey Council approves plans to build 200 affordable homes

First-time buyers are being given a leg up on the property ladder as part of three housing schemes delivering 200 affordable homes in Haringey.

The Haringey Advertiser

Epping Forest under threat of housing crisis

Epping Forest's population is growing nearly five times faster than homes are being built, new analysis has suggested.

Essex Live

Burnley scores a UK ‘first’ with launch of starter homes scheme

Burnley has become the first town in the UK to deliver the official government-backed Starter Homes Scheme.

Burnley Express

Council concerned about HS2 impacts

North West Leicestershire District Council has expressed its concerns about the impact of the proposed route for HS2.

North West Leicestershire District Council

Eleven bid for UK City of Culture 2021 title

Eleven towns and cities have now put their names forward to become UK City of Culture in 2021.

BBC News

Part of Red Funnel scheme approved

The Red Funnel's CEO has said he is pleased that part of its revised scheme for the development of its East Cowes ferry terminal has been approved by the Isle of Wight Council’s Planning Committee.

Isle of Wight Radio

Barwell: Right to Buy ‘only justifiable’ if replacements built (subscription)

The housing minister has pledged to look again at Right to Buy rules after he said the policy is “only politically justifiable” if the government is delivering replacement homes.

Inside Housing

Thirlmere reservoir £300m pipeline plans go on show

Details of a pipeline to safeguard drinking water supplies in west Cumbria are to go before the public.

BBC News

Third Energy has ‘open-door policy’ for Kirby Misperton protestors

An energy company planning to restart fracking for shale gas has said its “door is open” to anyone with genuine concerns about its operations.

BBC News

Homes to be demolished so Chesterfield supermarket can expand

Lidl has been granted conditional planning permission by Chesterfield Borough Council to knock down two homes so it can expand.

Derbyshire Times

Sadiq Kahan slams ‘beyond shameful’ scale of homelessness in London

Sadiq Khan said the scale of rough sleeping in London was “beyond shameful” as he announced a £4.2 million funding boost to help the most vulnerable homeless.

Evening Standard

Derby Aldi plans thrown out

Plans to build an Aldi food store in Derby that would have created 40 jobs have been refused by Derby City Council.

The Business Desk

Housing plans for factory site set for approval

Plans to develop more than 175 homes on the site of a steel construction products factory are set to get the green light from councillors next week (8 March).

Insider Media

Surrey leader urges chancellor to make ‘firm commitment’ to Crossrail 2

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge has called on chancellor Philip Hammond to signal a “firm commitment” to Crossrail 2 in next Wednesday’s Budget.

Surrey County Council