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England round-up: Automatic planning permission for brownfield land, £30m for Transport for the North

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 4 July-10 July, 2015

Automatic planning permission for brownfield land

New policy announced by the government today will see automatic planning permission granted on brownfield sites in an attempt to raise the productivity of the economy.

The Planner

Transport for the North to get £30m – Summer Budget 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has laid out plans to commit £30 million of funding for Transport for the North and to devolve more powers to Greater Manchester.

The Planner

The European cities moving faster on clean energy than their governments

When heads of state go to Paris at the end of the year to negotiate a deal to tackle climate change, global city mayors will also be there, arguing that since cities are responsible for 70 per cent of CO2 emissions, the battle should be waged, street by street, at a city level.

The Guardian

50 Years Of The London Boroughs: Housing

Housing has been — and still is — one of the most pressing issues for London.


London’s ‘Walkie Talkie’ skyscraper achieves top sustainability rating

One the most recent additions to the London skyline has achieved BREEAM Excellent rating, making it one of the most sustainable buildings in the city.


Shropshire solar farm approved behind closed doors

Plans to build a giant solar farm just outside a Shropshire village have been given the green light behind closed doors – to the dismay of local residents.

Shropshire Star

Liverpool Chinatown: £200m redevelopment plans announced

Liverpool’s historic Chinatown could benefit from a £200 million redevelopment plan that would house 200 businesses and result in 800 new homes being built.

BBC News

Durham Tees Valley Airport business park plans get £10m

Plans for a new link road and business park at Durham Tees Valley Airport have moved a step closer after £10 million was allocated.

BBC News

Graven Hill mass self-build community planning simplified

People building their own homes at the ‘UK’s largest self-build community’ may not need individual planning permission if council proposals are agreed.

BBC News