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England round-up: Budget details; Bristol University submits plans for £300 million campus

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 18 November-24 November, 2017

Autumn Budget 2017: Stamp duty abolished for first-time buyers; garden towns; £15bn extra for housing market

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced in the Autumn Budget that stamp duty is to be abolished for first-time buyers, a long-term goal to deliver 300,000 new homes a year, and a review into delays preventing permissions granted being built out.

The Planner

Autumn Budget 2017: Devolution deal for North of Tyne; local growth; electric vehicle infrastructure

Philip Hammond has announced a North of Tyne devolution deal, as well as support and cash for local growth.

The Planner

Autumn Budget 2017: Reaction

The Autumn Budget 2017 featured a number of housing, planning and devolution announcements, with industry professionals welcoming them in part, but feelings of being underwhelmed and opportunities being missed are rife.

The Planner

Government gives £250m for Midland Metro extension

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced £250 million funding for transport infrastructure in the West Midlands.

The Planner

Bristol University submits plans for £300 million campus

Bristol University has submitted an outline planning application for a £300 million campus next to the city’s Temple Meads railway station.

The Planner

National Audit Office highlights Thameslink risks and budget overruns 

The Thameslink programme has a realistic prospect of delivering value for money but key risks still remain for the Department for Transport and Network Rail, the National Audit Office has said.

The Planner

Planning Inspectorate warns councils about ‘jumping to conclusions’

The Planning Inspectorate has cautioned two local authorities not to ‘jump to conclusions’ while it examines their local plans.

The Planner

Public engagement launched on West of England spatial plan

The final draft of the Joint Spatial Plan for the West of England has now gone out for public consultation.

The Planner

Brexit loses UK right to host European capital of culture 

The UK will not be allowed to host the European Capital of Culture as scheduled in 2023 as a result of it pursuing a hard Brexit.

The Planner

Local context critical to planning enforcement, national conference hears

Planning enforcement officers must have a strong understanding of the local context they are working in to be effective, a national conference has heard.


Planning ‘front and centre’ at Westminster reception

The government must provide resources and trust local authorities to build the houses this country needs, a government MP told a Westminster reception last night.


Hammond announces transport bonuses for Yorkshire

Yorkshire could benefit from new government funding designed to make the most of new transport initiatives and HS2, but the chair of KPMG North has warned that the county is at risk of becoming an 'economic straggler' due to lack of investment.

Insider Media

Coverdale man pleads guilty in enforcement case 

The owner of one of the tallest farm buildings in the National Park has admitted in court that he has not complied with an enforcement notice issued by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Rail link between Coventry and Leicester could be restored

Ambitions to vastly improve rail links through Hinckley have been reaffirmed in a major transport growth document, which features a multimillion-pound ideal to link Leicester to Coventry.

Hinckley Times

Call to identify sites for new homes in Wem

Sites for more than 250 new homes need to be identified in Wem over the next 20 years, it has been revealed.

Shropshire Star

Councillors approved Guildford local plan 

Guildford Borough Council has agreed to put its local plan forward to the government's planning inspectorate.

Get Surrey

Parish council ‘furious’ with borough council after refused plans for housing are overturned 

East Leake Parish Council has criticised Rushcliffe Borough Council for what it says is ‘…its failure to provide the five-year housing land supply required by the government’.

West Bridgford Wire

Council asks for laws on permission for holding events on common land to be ‘made clearer’

Surrey County Council has asked for laws concerning the required permission for holding events on common land to be ‘made clearer’, after the Save Newlands Corner Campaign Group said the council has been allowing events to take place on common land without seeking the required permission.

Get Surrey