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England round-up: Birmingham to build 1,000 homes in Commonwealth Games village; National park approves small affordable homes scheme

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 10 February-16 February, 2018

Birmingham to build 1,000 homes in Commonwealth Games village

Birmingham City Council has announced plans to build around 1,000 homes to accommodate up to 6,500 competitors and officials for when it hosts the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Planner

National park approves small affordable homes scheme

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has approved in full an application for five new affordable homes in Bainbridge in the face of a local protest.

The Planner

Green light for first stage of Westminster regeneration scheme

Westminster City Council’s planning committee has approved plans to deliver 171 new homes, including affordable and social rent homes.

The Planner

Report: Only a third of London authorities have a policy supporting Build to Rent

Nearly half of local authorities in London make no reference to the Build to Rent sector in their planning policy, with only a ‘minority’ having a ‘constructive’ position set out, suggests a report by planning consultancy Nexus Planning.

The Planner

Khan gives green light to factory-built scheme

The Mayor of London has approved plans for a 21-storey residential building in Croydon that will be constructed off-site in a factory.

The Planner

Campaigners attack A303 plans over threat to Stonehenge

Heritage and environmental campaigners have launched a salvo against Highways England as it opens consultation on controversial proposals for its A303 scheme near Stonehenge.

The Planner

Cornwall launches operation to deliver housing development plan

Cornwall Council is to become the latest local authority to build housing directly through a £170 million investment.

The Planner

Inspector scuppers town plan 

A government inspector’s decision to find Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan ‘sound’ has dealt a ‘cruel blow’ to the 10,000-plus Farnham residents who voted through the town’s Neighbourhood Plan last summer.

Haslemere Herald

£30m investment in revolutionary V2G technologies

New technology that aims to unlock the potential for electric vehicles to help power people’s homes is being boosted by almost £30 million in government funding.

UK Government

Road investment in Yorkshire and the North East steps up 

Members of the public have been urged to comment on Highways England’s detailed plans to upgrade a vital stretch of the A1 in Gateshead.

UK Government

Road investment in the North West steps up

Members of the public now have the opportunity to comment on detailed plans to upgrade the Trans-Pennine route between Manchester and Sheffield. 

UK Government

Enderby garage conversion’s fake door failed to fool planning inspectors

Two people who broke planning laws by turning their garage into a tiny home have been fined.

Hinckley Times

Mayor announces more than £10m additional funding for boroughs

Sadiq Khan has announced that an additional £11.6m will be made available to councils in this year’s budget for the funding of improvements to streets and local neighbourhoods.

Greater London Authority

‘Dangerous’ development sparks anger

Residents have expressed anger over a planning application that they believe will be dangerous and will ruin the entrance to Alton in Hampshire.

Alton Herald

Javid gives go-ahead to Suffolk council mergers

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed plans to condense four Suffolk councils into two new authorities.

Public Finance

Lincoln councillors will make final decision on second Brayford floating restaurant

Senior City of Lincoln councillors are set to decide whether to give the final go-ahead to the much-discussed and controversial second Brayford floating restaurant.

The Lincolnite

Manchester residents oppose Gary Neville’s redevelopment plans

Ex-footballer Gary Neville’s plans to transform Manchester have again been met with opposition after hundreds of residents objected to proposals by Manchester United’s ‘class of 92’ to build a new sports university near Old Trafford stadium.

The Guardian 

£6m fund to boost green spaces

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a further £6 million of funding for protecting the environment and improving green space in the capital.


Khan announces £140m investment to boost London economy

The Mayor of London has announced plans to invest £140 million into a new investment fund to support projects that will grow the capital’s economy, transport infrastructure and schemes to bring new housing on stream.

Greater London Authority

Starter Homes planned for Scarborough 

Scarborough Borough Council is set to introduce 'starter homes' in the borough, after the government signalled its aim of widening the definition of affordable housing to include starter homes.

Yorkshire Coast Radio

Home Building Fund missing delivery target by 25%

A government initiative to provide infrastructure finance to unlock land for 200,000 houses is 25 per cent short of its target, according to Construction News.

Construction News

Britain’s bus coverage hits 28-year low

Britain’s bus network has shrunk to levels last seen in the late 1980s, BBC analysis has revealed.

BBC News

Mid-earners ‘locked out of buying a home’

The extent to which young people are locked out of the British housing market has been revealed in new figures from economists.

BBC News

Student village with 2,000 beds approved

Plans for a 2,000-bed student village on the outskirts of Penryn have taken a step forward after being granted outline planning permission by Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee.

Cornwall Live