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England round-up: Budget transport funding allocated; Khan approves two housing developments

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 11 March-17 March, 2017

Budget transport funding allocated

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has identified the traffic hotspots that will receive a share of the £220 million funding announced in the Budget.

The Planner

Khan approves two housing developments

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given consent for two high-density developments that both include more than 30 per cent affordable housing.

The Planner

SMEs and local authorities receive cash injection to update planning system

Nine small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and local authorities have been awarded a share of £200,000 aimed at supporting the development of new tools and innovations to transform the planning system.

The Planner

RTPI Brexit update (pdf)

The RTPI has published a Brexit update that includes the institute's views on legal and environmental issues.


Council planning chief ‘excited’ after inspector’s decision indicates stronger position on housing 

Tony Fryatt, who is responsible for planning at Suffolk Coastal District Council, said a recent appeal decision backing the authority’s policy represented “the first time I’ve been excited in a number of years”. 

East Anglian Daily Times

Plans for 145 homes submitted

Plans for 145 homes in Fordingbridge have been submitted to New Forest District Council.

Salisbury Journal

Campaigners remain ‘hopeful’ over plans for former Daw Mill Colliery site

Members of the Leys and Whitacre Residents Action Group have called on the planning inspector to see their side of the argument and stop a business park being built on the Daw Mill Colliery site, nearly Nuneaton, as they believe it should be returned to green space.

Tamworth Herald

Tories drop another manifesto pledge

The Conservative government has quietly ditched its manifesto pledge to build 200,000 starter homes.

The Mirror

Crossrail to open on tracks beset by 50,000 hours of delays

Crossrail will run on tracks beset with major disruption problems when it begins operation in May between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, new statistics have suggested.

Evening Standard

New starter homes to be built on four sites across

Dudley council bosses have revealed that work could begin in September to build 79 new starter homes on the site of three former community centres and a care home.

Express & Star

North Yorkshire mill marks a million hours of green power

An 18th-century watermill in North Yorkshire is celebrating the generation of 1,000,000kW hours of green power through a combination of traditional and cutting-edge technology.

Minster FM

Councillors to discuss single East Kent council 

Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet councils will each meet next week to consider the next steps on the creation of a new single council in East Kent.


Lichfield local plan consultation

Residents and businesses have been invited to give their views on Lichfield District Council’s proposed local plan allocations.

Lichfield District Council

Barnsley MPs call for withdrawal of ‘Meadowhall’ HS2 route

Divisions in South Yorkshire over HS2 have deepened with Barnsley’s two MPs demanding that the original route for the high-speed line through is unequivocally scrapped.

Yorkshire Post

Plans for penthouse flat in ‘dull’ Bartholomew Square approved

A third attempt to get permission for a penthouse flat overlooking Brighton Town Hall and “uninspiring” Bartholomew Square has been approved on appeal.

Brighton & Hove News

New grant for council homelessness services

Communities minister Marcus Jones has confirmed a new homelessness support grant aimed at allowing councils to prioritise homelessness prevention.

UK Government