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England round-up: 30-year transport plan for the North published; Planning system to protect music venues, says Javid

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of plannings news in England: 13 January-19 January, 2018

30-year transport plan for the North published

Transport for the North has published its 30-year programme of transport infrastructure investment, which could deliver a £100 billion economic boost for the north of England.

The Planner

Javid: Planning system to protect music venues

Housing secretary Sajid Javid has said that developers building new homes near music venues should be responsible for addressing noise issues.

The Planner

More than 700 homes approved in Reading

Reading Borough Council has granted planning consent for Kenavon Drive, a new residential quarter on the banks of the city’s River Kennet.

The Planner

Lancashire campaigners lose fracking appeal

The Court of Appeal has rejected two challenges from campaigners against fracking at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site in Lancashire.

The Planner

Funding for local green spaces in London

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has awarded £1.1 million to community projects across the capital in an attempt to improve and create new local green spaces.

The Planner

John Acres inaugurated as RTPI president

A ceremony has been held in London to inaugurate John Acres as the 2018 RTPI president.

The Planner

Permitted development rights should be scrapped, argues LGA

Permitted development rights rules are “detrimental” to local communities and should be scrapped, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

The Planner

Sir John Armitt to lead NIC

Chancellor Philip Hammond has appointed Sir John Armitt as the new chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).

The Planner

Applause for town planning ideas from students

New housing using natural materials, electric car-charging infrastructure, smart energy meters, and a sensory garden are among the many ideas put forward by the winners of the 2017 RTPI World Town Planning Day Schools Competition.


Government supports new measures to improve the safety of tenants

Housing secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed government support for new legislation that will help ensure rented homes are safe and give tenants the right to take legal action when landlords fail in their duties.

UK Government

Operator fined for loud turbine

A wind turbine operator has been fined £51,000 after one of its wind turbines made too much noise.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Havering councillors to debate mayor’s new housing target

Havering’s councillors will meet next week to discuss Sadiq Khan’s increased housing targets for the London borough.

Romford Recorder

Parkside Colliery regeneration plans set to be submitted

The company behind the proposed regeneration of the redundant Parkside Colliery at Newton-le-Willows, in Merseyside, is set to submit a planning application for the first phase of development at the site.

Insider Media

Festival set to oppose felling of 21 mature trees in Leicester

Artists, poets and musicians have been asked to join the fight to stop the felling of 21 healthy, mature trees in a Leicester churchyard.

Leicester Mercury

Consultation launches on A358 upgrade in Somerset 

Highways England has launched a second consultation on plans to upgrade the A358 between the M5 at Taunton and Southfields Roundabout on the A303 in Somerset.

UK Government

Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told

Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet greenhouse gas targets, ministers have been warned.

BBC News

Environmental protesters at HS2 site threatened with injunction 

Seven environmental protesters on the site of the HS2 development in the Colne Valley, in the London Borough of Hillingdon, have been threatened with injunctions by the transport secretary and HS2 Ltd in a bid to prevent their continued demonstrations on the controversial site.

The Guardian

Appeal decision on 1,800 new homes delayed

Housing secretary Sajid Javid has announced that the outline application for 1,800 new homes at Dunsfold Park in Surrey will not be determined until after the report of the examination of Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan Part 1 is published.

Alton Herald

Mapping Carillion’s biggest construction projects

The BBC has laid out some of Carillion’s major projects, including those already under way and other planned works.

BBC News

Public sector looks for ways to plug gap left by Carillion 

Councils around the country are scrambling to identify the full extent of their exposure to Carillion after Monday’s collapse of the construction and facilities management firm.

Public Finance

Elephant and Castle regeneration plans halted by council

Plans to regenerate parts of Elephant and Castle in South London have been halted by the local council.

BBC News

Fine for breaching planning regulations

A homeowner has been fined more than £400 after pleading guilty for failing to comply with a notice served under the planning regulations.

Bolton Council

New Countryside Stewardship Offers open for applications 

The Countryside Stewardship scheme has opened for farmers and land managers to request 2018 application packs to help them protect wildlife and enhance the environment.

UK Government

New steps to tackle illegal waste and fly-tipping announced 

The government has announced new steps aimed at tackling problem waste sites, while a consultation will further help deal with crime and poor performance in the waste sector.

UK Government