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England round-up: Affordable housing delivery on the up; Small builders call for better access to finance

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 4 November-10 November, 2017

Affordable housing delivery on the up – statistics

In 2016/17, 41,530 affordable homes were delivered in England, 27 per cent higher than the previous year, according to the latest Department for Communities and Local Government statistics.

The Planner

Quality of life gap remains in East London five years on from Olympics

Five years after the 2012 London Olympic Games, education and employment have improved in the host boroughs, but the gap in other quality of life indicators compared with the rest of London has not closed, suggests a Greater London Authority committee.

The Planner

Newcastle-under-Lyme to be revamped

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has granted planning permission for a £40 million redevelopment of a former Sainsbury’s site and the adjoining Civic Offices in Ryecroft.

The Planner

Small builders call for better access to finance

The Federation of Master Builders has urged chancellor Philip Hammond to take ‘bold action’ in this month’s Budget to improve access to finance for SME builders.

The Planner

Report: More than 300,000 people homeless in Britain

There are 307,000 people recorded as being homeless in Britain, an increase of 13,000 in one year, says a report by Shelter.

The Planner

2,000 approved Carlisle plots for housing

Carlisle City Council has published a prospectus to highlight the housebuilding opportunities in the city, including 2,000 approved plots awaiting development.

The Planner

Commercial ownership data made free

HM Land Registry has announced that data on land and property in England and Wales will be made freely available.

The Planner

Man found living in ‘coffin-like’ cupboard in East London

Housing inspectors discovered a man living in ‘coffin-like’ conditions in a gas meter cupboard beneath the staircase of an overcrowded property in east London, during a series of raids on poor-quality housing in the area.

The Guardian

Housing scheme rejected

A planning application to build 66 new homes in Rearsby has been rejected by Charnwood Borough Council.

Loughborough Echo

First look at £82m station transformation plan

New images have been released of the £82m Coventry Station Masterplan which will transform part of the city centre.

Insider Media

City centre offices to be turned into retail space

Vacant offices within 1960s Hull city centre office building King William House could be changed into retail space if new plans are approved.

Insider Media

Community rail stations of the future to be shaped by new blueprint 

A scheme that allows local communities to adopt underused stations and rail lines is set to enter a new era under multimillion-pound plans announced by rail minister Paul Maynard.

UK Government

Draft transport accessibility action plan

The Department for Transport is seeking feedback on a draft accessibility action plan that sets out proposals to improve the travel experience for people with disabilities.

UK Government

Environmental sites that could be hit by housing plans 

Twenty sites of environmental importance have been identified that could be affected by new housing and employment development in Shropshire by 2036.

Shropshire Star

Council launches plans to provide travellers pitches

Herefordshire Council has called on the public to provide feedback about proposed travellers’ sites and authorised stopping places.


Landlord fined £12k for illegally renting out basement

A rogue landlord who illegally rented out a basement for four years despite countless warnings has received a hefty fine.

Get West London

Transport links must improve to unlock Bradford’s ‘huge’ potential 

‘Huge potential’ in Bradford is being held back by creaking infrastructure and a lack of transport investment, according to Bradford South MP Judith Cummins.

Telegraph & Argus

Planning permission granted for 84 new homes

Councillors have backed plans for dozens of new homes on land previously allocated for industrial use.

Wigan Today

Councils buying homeless one-way train tickets

A number of councils in England are regularly buying one-way train tickets for homeless people out of their area, the Victoria Derbyshire show has found.

BBC News

Government report rejects ‘hasty’ overhaul of Licensing Act

The government has rejected calls by a House of Lords committee for a radical overhaul of licensing laws in England and Wales.