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England round-up: Basement music venue green-lit for London’s West End; Lower Thames Crossing preferred route announced

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 8 April-13 April, 2017

Basement music venue green-lit for London’s West End

Camden Council has approved a 2,000-capacity basement music venue in the West End of London.

The Planner

Lower Thames Crossing preferred route announced

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced the preferred route for a new Lower Thames Crossing, which he said could create more than 6,000 jobs and boost the economy by more than £8 billion.

The Planner

Decision day on four plans to expand Handforth Dean retail park

The strategic planning committee at Cheshire East Council will meet next week to determine plans which could significantly expand the retail park at Handforth Dean.


Ancient woodland in Nottinghamshire threatened by HS2 Phase Two plans, says Woodland Trust

Analysis by the conservation charity Woodland Trust of route proposals for the HS2 suggests that the northern section of the route will impact a minimum of 24 ancient woods – five of them in Nottinghamshire.

Nottingham Post

GLA provides loan funding for association's first build-to-rent scheme (subscription)

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has provided £20.8 million of loan funding for a housing association’s first specialist build-to-rent development.

Inside Housing

London port freight growth prompts infrastructure debate

Projections that Port of London freight volumes will grow by more than 30 million tonnes have led to calls for improved road and rail infrastructure.

SHD Logistics

Kirkby Stephen anger over plan for hundreds of homes 

Kirkby Stephen Town Council has held a meeting for residents over Eden Council’s local plan, which outlines that 348 new homes should be built in the town over the next 15 years.

Cumberland and Westmorland

Councils unite to call on government for Crossrail 2 backing

Councils from across London and the South-East have joined together to pledge their support for Crossrail 2 and urge the government to give the scheme its full backing.

Greater London Authority

New stadium for Leamington FC gets green light

Plans for a new community stadium for Leamington Football Club have been approved by Warwick District Council.

Leamington Observer

Plans to turn Shropshire’s Hawkstone Hall into luxury hotel

About 40 jobs will be created as part of plans to turn a landmark mansion in Shropshire into a luxury hotel.

Shropshire Star

Northampton cultural hub scheme costing £12.4m approved

A £12.4 million scheme to convert a grade-II listed disused ironworks and several run-down buildings into a cultural hub has been given planning permission.

BBC News