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England round-up: Alternatives to Oxford-Cambridge arc; coastal areas face compound flooding threat; MPs say Help to Buy is failing

Words: Huw Morris
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A round-up of planning news in England: 14 September - 20 September

Campaigners offer five alternatives to Oxford-Cambridge Arc

Campaigners are proposing five alternatives to the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, which they claim are less damaging and more sustainable.

The Planner 

Government vows to back the Midlands and the North 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reaffirmed his pledge to devolve further powers to the north of England, while local government secretary Robert Jenrick has made a similar commitment to the Midlands. 

The Planner

Figures reveal how trains take the strain on punctuality

Fewer than two-thirds of trains arrived at stations on time in the year ending 2019-20, according to the industry regulator.

The Planner 

Plans to tackle Oxford congestion unveiled

Proposals to reduce congestion on all key routes into Oxford have been revealed by the local authorities.

The Planner

Hills sets out strategic agenda for city success

Major cities need strategic plans and leaders to ensure that they successfully direct and deliver growth, according to the RTPI’s chief executive.

The Planner 

Southwark raises the roof with new development principles

The London Borough of Southwark has unveiled plans to introduce a set of principles to guide rooftop development and provide new council housing.

The Planner

Revised masterplan envisages extra homes for Ealing estate

More than 850 extra homes will be built at an Ealing development following the adoption of a masterplan for the site.

The Planner 

UK house price growth hits seven-year low

UK house prices rose at the slowest annual rate in the year to July than at any time for the past seven years, according to latest government statistics.

The Planner

MPs hit out at Help to Buy for failure to tackle pressing priorities

The government’s flagship Help to Buy scheme has not tackled pressing problems in the wider planning system and housing sector, according to an influential committee of MPs.

The Planner

Crown Estate launches offshore wind auction

The first auction in a decade of rights to develop offshore wind projects in the seas around England and Wales has been launched by the Crown Estate to provide electricity to six million homes.

The Planner

WMCA to launch funding guide for developers 

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will launch a guide so that developers can receive clear guidance on how to secure funding for homes and regeneration schemes. 

The Planner

Number of households facing homelessness rises 

Government statistics show that there was a 10.7 per cent rise in the number of homeless households or those threatened with homelessness in the first quarter of this year. 

The Planner

£95m to ‘breathe new life’ into historic buildings 

Culture secretary Nicky Morgan has announced that £95 million will be split between 69 towns across the country to ‘breathe new life’ into historic buildings and high streets. 

The Planner

Dorset alpaca business loses planning appeal

A West Dorset smallholder has lost a planning appeal over buildings to support an alpaca business at Higher Kingston Russell.

Wessex FM

Caddicks Clematis Nursery fined for breaching enforcement notices

A Horticultural company director living on company land after a flood destroyed his business has been fined for breaching planning enforcement notices.

Warrington Guardian

Planning Permission Granted For Scarborough Cricket Pavilion

One of Scarborough’s oldest cricket teams has been granted planning permission to replace its ageing pavilion.

Yorkshire Coast Radio

Decision still on hold over M42 services stations six months after first planning meeting tabled

A decision on whether to allow a motorway services to be built on the M42 in Solihull is still undecided six months after plans were originally set to go to council chiefs for a decision.

Coventry Observer

Cooking smell complaints lead to discovery that Renton cafe had no planning permission

Neighbours’ complaints to council chiefs about odours coming from a Renton cafe revealed it didn’t have planning permission.

Daily Record