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England round-up: 210,000 homeless children in England; Review programme set out for HS2

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 17 August-23 August, 2019

210,000 homeless children in England

An estimated 210,000 children in England do not have a safe home, a report out this week has suggested.

The Planner

Review programme set out for HS2

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has published the terms of reference and timetable for the independent review into HS2.

The Planner

Garden town approved in the South West

Somerset and West Taunton Council has granted approval for 2,000 new homes, which will be part of a new community.

The Planner

Mixed-use plan submitted for Bristol

A mixed-use regeneration plan that includes homes and a secondary school has been submitted to Bristol City Council.

The Planner

Help us celebrate 60 years of the RTPI’s Royal Charter

This year is a particularly special one for the RTPI, which next month will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the granting of its Royal Charter. You can help The Planner mark the occasion.

The Planner

Enforcement action ordered after domestic garage used for business

Enforcement action has been ordered by a council after a domestic garage in Stafford was used for a garden machinery business.

Express & Star

Public to have their say on designs for new university station

Rail passengers and residents have been offered the chance to have their say and help shape the final design of the new multimillion-pound University station.

West Midlands Combined Authority

Tackling climate change in Surrey

Residents can share their views on how Surrey County Council can take action to tackle climate change in the county.

Surrey News

Crossrail progress on testing and systems installation

Crossrail has said the central section remains on track to be delivered in a revised period between October 2020 and March 2021, after close-headway, multi-train testing started in June this year as part of its dynamic testing phase.

Rail Magazine

Council to investigate pay-and-display built with no planning permission

East Suffolk Council has launched an investigation into a pay-and-display car park after people and businesses complained of 'unfair' fees and charges.

Eastern Daily Press

Six planning applications refused in one meeting

Cornwall Council's east sub-area planning committee met in Bodmin to consider the applications, which had all been recommended for refusal by planning officers. All six were refused.

Cornwall Live 

UK shale gas reserves ‘significantly lower than previous estimates’

The capacity of shale gas reserves in the UK could be 'significantly lower' than estimates previously set out in 2013, according to the University of Nottingham and the British Geological Survey.

Energy Live News

South Oxfordshire Conservatives 'aghast' over new local plan delay

Conservatives have been left ‘aghast’ after Liberal Democrat and Green opponents delayed a critical development meeting until October, saying that it could see Oxfordshire lose nearly £500 million in government funding.

Bicester Advertiser

Planning inspectorate says Bedford’s local plan needs further review

The Planning Inspectorate has sent back Bedford Borough Council’s Local Plan 2030 for further review, saying that it needs to do more to take into consideration future housing growth.

Bedford Independent

New council housing completed in Bristol

Families in Bristol are beginning to move into their new homes as the next phase of council housing nears completion.

Bristol City Council

Rail line in Hampshire is world's first to be powered by solar farm 

The world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly is due to plug into the track near Aldershot, paving the way for solar-powered trains.

The Guardian

Investigation 'should continue' regardless of planning chief's resignation

The councillor who sparked an investigation which led to the resignation of Oldham Council's planning chief says the probe should continue.

The Oldham Times

Cranbrook masterplan submitted to planning inspectorate

A masterplan that aims to shape Cranbrook for the next decade and beyond has been submitted to an inspectorate for examination.

Midweek Herald