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England round-up: Businesses urged to take the lead in Great North Plan; Land worth £172m sold by NHS trusts in 2015-16

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 11 June-17, 2016

Businesses urged to take the lead in Great North Plan

The RTPI and think tank IPPR North have called for business leaders to take the lead in creating a ‘Great North Plan’ that would turn the so-called Northern Powerhouse into a reality.

The Planner 

Council to consider minimum dwelling size

Leeds City Council is investigating the need for “even more challenging” building standards.

The Planner

Land worth £172m sold by NHS Trusts in 2015-16

NHS Trusts in England have declared 545.7 hectares as surplus land, says a report.

The Planner 

Petition against Lancashire fracking decision delivered to government

Campaigners have delivered a petition signed by 186,000 people calling on the government to “respect Lancashire’s decision to reject fracking” to Downing Street.

The Planner

Controversial outdoor launderette set to be moved after council order

A businessman who arranged for a giant washing machine to be put outside his shop has been ordered to move it by the council.

Lancashire Telegraph 

Mixed response to new Louth housing development

Plans to build 500 homes on green field land have received mixed reactions from residents.

Grimsby Telegraph

Mixed-use plan for grand Liverpool building

A property in Liverpool’s business district that was built in 1785 but has lain empty for a number of years is set to be converted into office, commercial and residential space.

Insider Media Limited

Middle-minded ministers fuelling London’s housing crisis - Ruth Cadbury

MP Labour MP Ruth Cadbury tells PoliticsHome that government ministers are too focused on their ‘Middle England’ constituencies and continue to subsidise the wealthy while making London unliveable for ordinary people.

Politics Homes 

Plans accelerate for 3,000-job business park

Long-standing plans for an eco-friendly business park located between Harrogate and York with the capacity to support up to 3,000 jobs have taken a major step forward.

Insider Media

Joint local plans produce ‘best result’

Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council are working together to prepare the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan. It brings together work that has previously been carried out separately by the three councils on the Plymouth Plan, South Ham’s ‘Our Plan’ and West Devon’s ‘Our Plan’.


Consultation over South Tyneside’s future development is to be extended

South Tyneside residents are being given more time to have their say on future development in the borough.

The Shields Gazette

Persimmon management in line for £600m bonus

A leading city investor has called on house builder Persimmon to cut back an executive pay plan that could see the management share £600 million over the next five years.

BBC News 

Foreign buyers affect London’s house prices and leave homes ‘empty and unused’, says Assembly

An investigation into foreign buyers and their impact on London house prices has been launched by the London Assembly.

Get West London

Ludlow riverside homes ‘will not block country view’

Developer McCartneys has claimed the pictures show that two the large houses planned on the Linney, near Ludlow town centre, would not block out views of the Shropshire Hills.

Shropshire Star

Decision to back 1,000 green belt near Abingdon homes branded ‘appalling’

Protected land near Abingdon is likely to be lumped with 1,000 new homes, in a decision a former council planner branded "appalling".

Bicester Advertiser

Beer under threat from London’s housing crisis as Fuller’s brewery ‘struggling to recruit staff’

London's last remaining family brewer is struggling to recruit and retain staff due to the "housing crisis", a Hounslow MP has claimed.

Get West London