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England round-up: 2015 Budget reaction, “No consensus about purpose of planning,” says Ellis

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 14 March-20 March, 2015

Osborne announces Help to Buy first-time buyers ISA

Chancellor George Osborne announced in the 2015 Budget that first-time home buyers will receive a government contribution for every £200 saved.

The Planner

“No consensus about purpose of planning”, says Ellis

At a conference in London to launch its new report, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) warned that “the lack of a cross-sector consensus is damaging the planning system”.

The Planner

RTPI past president Ewart Parkinson dies

Ewart Parkinson OBE, a past president of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), died on 9 March, aged 88.

The Planner

HBF report: 195,000 in-principle planning permissions granted

Figures released in the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and Glenigan’s Housing Pipeline report reveal that 195,000 permissions were granted in principle in England in 2014.

The Planner

HS2 campaign receives boost from planning minister 

The campaign for a fair deal for rural businesses affected by HS2 has received a boost through action from the planning minister to address a major business concern.

Farming UK

Lower Thames road crossing project shows 'little progress'

The government has been criticised for a lack of progress in building a Lower Thames road crossing.

BBC News

UK plans first new coal power station since 1974

A new coal and biomass-fired power station could soon be built at Drax in Yorkshire.

The Ecologist

Reading's Central Club revamp in 'cultural quarter' plan

An empty building in Reading is to be transformed into an independent arts centre as part of plans to create a cultural quarter in the town.

BBC News

North Sea wind power 'may make East of England a trade hub'

The East of England could become a hub for trade in renewable energy with Scandinavia if the proper regulation is put in place, says an industry group.

BBC News

Stonehenge tunnel plan opposed by historians

A campaign against the building of a road tunnel past Stonehenge has been backed by a trio of historians.

BBC News

Derby A38 flyover consultation gets more than 600 responses

More than 600 people have given their views on a £220 miilion scheme that could see changes to a major route through Derby.

BBC News

Stratford councillors vote against Cotswolds solar farm

A solar farm developer says it is reviewing its options after a council voted to stop it building in a beauty spot.

BBC News

Construction work starts in £56m homes plan in Telford

Work has started on a £56 million project to build new homes in Shropshire.

BBC News