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25/11/2016

England round-up: Barwell lifts direction on Birmingham development plan; Planners need to be creative about station regeneration, conference is told

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 19 November-25 November, 2016

Barwell lifts direction on Birmingham development plan

The government has lifted its holding direction on Birmingham City Council’s Development Plan, allowing the authority to deliver thousands of homes and jobs.

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Planners need to be creative about station regeneration, conference is told

Planners need to be at the heart of the station regeneration process, and they must be flexible and creative in their approach, an RTPI-TPS conference audience has heard.

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High Court ruling influences reading of ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’

A judge has ruled that presumption in favour of sustainable development for developments that are contrary to a local plan should be the “exception rather than the norm”, in a decision that saw the refusal of 150 new homes in Staffordshire.

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Community groups take legal action against fracking

Two further challenges have been issued against fracking decisions in Lancashire.

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Autumn Statement: £2.3bn for Housing Infrastructure Fund 

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a new National Productivity Investment Fund that will see £2.3 billion invested into housing infrastructure in the 2016 Autumn Statement.

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Autumn Statement: Industry reacts to Housing Infrastructure Fund

Property industry bodies, private consultancies and third sector organisations have broadly welcomed the chancellor’s announcement of fresh funding for affordable housing and infrastructure.

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Autumn Statement: City deals promised for Scottish and Welsh cities 

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a number of deals for cities in Scotland and Wales, as well as more funding for Local Enterprise Partnerships in his 2016 Autumn Statement.

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Autumn Statement: Industry reacts to city deals and regional support 

Industry bodies and politicians have reacted positively to Autumn Statement commitments to cities and regions, but hinted that they would like to see more to come.

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Heathrow third runway ‘to breach climate change laws’

Advisers have warned that plans to expand Heathrow Airport are set to breach the government’s climate change laws.

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Council ponders workplace parking levy

A controversial levy on workplace car parking is being considered by councillors trying to cut road congestion in Oxford.

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Newcastle residents protest over houses on ‘last’ green space

A protest has been staged over plans to build houses on a housing estate’s last remaining green space.

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Plans for Skegness area traveller site refused

Plans for a traveller site near a resort town have been rejected by councillors.

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Riding school for disabled people under threat after housing development granted

A Horley riding school for people with special needs may be forced to close after a new housing development is set to bring construction trucks along a quiet road where disabled people go on carriage rides.

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