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England round-up: 6,000 fracking wells needed to halve UK gas imports; Government to invest in modern approaches to housing design

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 21 April-27 April, 2018

Research: 6,000 fracking wells needed to halve UK gas imports

Research published by Friends of the Earth has suggested that one well would need to be drilled and fracked every for 15 years to produce enough gas to halve the amount imported to the UK.

The Planner

Redevelopment of Harrogate football stadium approved

Harrogate Borough Council has granted planning approval to proposals that will see a new two-storey clubhouse built at the CNG Stadium on Wetherby Road.

The Planner

Government to invest in modern approaches to housing design

At a conference in London, government ministers have called on the housing industry to deliver well-designed homes, saying the government will invest in modern approaches to design and construction.

The Planner

Masterplan to prepare Runcorn for HS2

A consortium has been appointed to produce a masterplan and delivery strategy to enable the regeneration of the Runcorn Station Quarter area.

The Planner

RTPI launches interactive board game for students

The RTPI has launched an interactive role-play board game – called Place Makers – for students aged 14-18 to get them thinking about planning and inspire the next generation to join the profession.


More than 50 per cent of suggested St Albans local plan development in the south

As part of a consultation at the beginning of the year, St Albans District Council asked for help to find space for 3,000 extra houses to add to the 5,000 new homes already identified, but more 50 per cent are in the south.

Herts Advertiser

Application submitted for new Bunnings store in Ashford

A planning application has been submitted to Ashford Borough Council to build Bunnings' first purpose-built UK store in Ashford, Kent.

DIY Week

Raab’s constituency has one of the worst unspent affordable housing budgets

Housing minister Dominic Raab is sitting on £8 million set aside for affordable housing in his constituency of Elmbridge, Surrey, according to The Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post

89% drop in air pollution during London Marathon 

A section of the London Marathon route saw an impressive 89% drop in air pollution, revealing just how much of an impact the capital’s daily traffic can have on air quality, says Global Action Plan.

Huffington Post

Better connections to ports to help business growth 

Better connections to English ports could help businesses thrive and boost the nation’s economy, according to a study published this week.

Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Mace to start £120m Crossrail office scheme

Mace will start work shortly on a £120 million office scheme for developer Helical above Farringdon Crossrail Station.

Construction Enquirer

Network Rail reveals new £46m train depot in Wigan as part of investment project

A new £46 million train depot is to be built in Wigan as part of Network Rail’s Great North Rail project, which see a multibillion-pound package of improvements on rail infrastructure throughout the North by 2022.

Infrastructure Intelligence

Campaigners offer alternative HS2 tunnel site in Staffordshire

Staffordshire County Council, Newcastle Borough Council and parish councils say there should be a single 6.4km tunnel on the high-speed line between Whitmore Heath and Madeley – as opposed to the cheaper two-tunnel scheme being proposed by HS2 Ltd.

Stoke Sentinel

Melton local plan to progress with modifications 

The Planning Inspectorate has told Melton Borough Council that it can progress its local plan with modifications, including a‘stepped’ approach to housing delivery.

Melton Borough Council

Bradwell-on-Sea marina-blocking ‘mud wall’ being removed

A 100m-long ‘mud wall’, criticised by residents for depriving them of a marina view, is being pulled down after a council won a planning appeal.

BBC News

Astoria comes down as new scheme approved

The demolition of the much-loved Art Deco Astoria Cinema has begun in earnest as work begins on replacing it with a scheme for 70 high-end flats. 

Brighton & Hove News

Town rallies against ‘fake’ architecture

Farnham architects have called on Berkeley Homes to reimagine the ‘pretend architecture’ of its current plans for The Woolmead in favour of a more contemporary, forward-looking design.

Farnham Herald