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England round-up: Birmingham Development Plan approved; Isle of Wight tidal energy centre approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 16 April-22 April, 2016

Birmingham Development Plan approved

The planning inspectorate has approved Birmingham’s development plan, paving the way for the development of 51,100 homes, 6,000 of which are planned for green belt land.

The Planner

Isle of Wight tidal energy centre approved

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has approved an application for a state-of-the-art tidal energy development off the Isle of Wight coast.

The Planner

Housing and Planning Bill: Lords vote through four amendments

This week the House of Lords has undertaken two report stage sessions of the Housing and Planning Bill, voting through four amendments.

The Planner

Brexit and planning delays slow down construction activity

Uncertainty caused by the EU referendum and planning delays are contributing to a slowdown in confidence and workloads across the construction industry in the past three months.

The Planner

Europe exit threat to environmental policy

The UK’s membership of the EU has been a crucial factor in shaping the nation’s environmental policy for the past 40 years, according to a group of MPs.

The Planner

RTPI's Trudi Elliott up for ‘outstanding leader’ award

The institute’s chief executive, Trudi Elliott, has been named as one of six ‘outstanding nominations’ for a top leadership award at the MemCom Awards.


Goldsmith makes HS2 tunnel vow after meeting Hillingdon residents

Conservative candidate for the mayoral election Zac Goldsmith has vowed to put pressure on the government for a HS2 tunnel extension in Hillingdon after meeting residents and campaigners.

Get West London

HS2 in city centre ‘simplest and best’

A new HS2 line to Leeds could end up gridlocked if the station is at Meadowhall, says an expert.

Sheffield Telegraph

Cumbrian Coast railway is ‘disgrace’, county peer tells Lords

Cumbrian peer Lord Liddle has branded the Cumbrian Coast railway a “disgrace” and is demanding that new fast services to Scotland should stop at Carlisle.

News & Star

Letchworth Garden City chief joins Peabody

John Lewis, chief executive of Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, is to join the Peabody Group in the summer as executive director Thamesmead.


Starter homes unlikely to increase house building, says Savills

The government’s flagship home-ownership policy of discounted starter homes for first-time buyers is unlikely to result in significantly more housing, says a report by Savills.

International Business Times

Deposits almost three times more in London than anywhere else

Buyers may have been benefiting from falling average deposits nationally, but that is not the case for transactions  in London, where purchasers are paying almost three times more to get on the property ladder, research suggests.

Property Industry Eye

Inquiry launched aimed at improving the rail passenger experience

An inquiry has been commissioned by the government’s Transport Committee that seeks to identify how rail journeys can be improved from the perspective passengers.

UK Parliament

London mayoral election: Candidates clash over ‘nonsense’ housing claims

Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has claimed affordable housing is “a million miles away” from what the Conservatives are promising.

BBC News

County council leader Steve Count writes to communities minister calling for ‘urgent talks’ on devolution

County leader Steve Count has written to local government minister Greg Clark calling for urgent talks on a “changed devolution deal” to benefit the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough “as well as the wider region”.

Cambs Times

New 6,000-home settlement proposed for Bedford local plan

A proposal for a new settlement of up to 6,000 homes has been put forward for inclusion in Bedford Borough Council's emerging local plan.


No. 10 adviser Morton joins lobbying firm

Number 10 housing policy adviser Alex Morton is to join a public affairs consultancy representing property companies.

Inside Housing