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England round-up: Cameron to scrap affordable homes for rent requirement; Right to Buy extension agreed with housing associations

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 3 October-9 October, 2015

England missing out on onshore wind benefits

Scotland is taking the lead in using onshore wind while England is lagging behind and missing some of the economic benefits.

The Planner 

Cameron to scrap affordable homes for rent requirement

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to remove planning rules that require developers to build affordable homes for rent in a bid to increase the building of homes for first-time buyers.

The Planner 

Right to Buy extension agreed with housing associations

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that an agreement has been reached to extend the Right to Buy to 1.3 million housing association tenants.

The Planner

Panel of experts asks for input into local plan review

The panel set up to consider how best to streamline the local plan-making process is inviting the views of planning, property and local government professionals as well as other stakeholders.

The Planner

Goldsmith: Knock down ugly estates to build better homes for Londoners

Zac Goldsmith has proposed knocking down the ugly 1950s/60s council homes in London and rebuilding them for the benefit of communities.

The Planner

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2016 open for entry

Entries for the 14 categories for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2016 are now open.

The Planner 

RTPI 2016 vice-president announced

The RTPI has announced the results of this year’s elections, including the position of 2017 president.

The Planner 

Plans for 1,200 homes in Woodstock are rejected

Housing plans that could have doubled the size of Woodstock have been rejected by Cherwell District councillors. About 800 objections were received against the bid to build up to 1,200 homes in the Oxfordshire town.

Bicester Advertiser 

Guildford needs 693 houses-a-year, says housing market assessment

The Borough of Guildford requires 693 houses to be built each year until 2033, according to an assessment carried out by consultants jointly hired by Guildford, Waverley and Woking borough councils.

The Guildford Dragon News 

More than 2,500 sign petition against Great Wyrley housing plan

Opposition is swelling against controversial plans for a housing estate on green belt land, with more than 2,500 people adding their names to a campaign.

Express and Star 

Speak out on combined authority proposals for Leicestershire

If the Government gives the go-ahead, the proposals would guide decisions on transport, planning, skills and other key issues affecting city, county and district councils.

Loughborough Echo

CIPFA: extension of Right to Buy likely to deepen housing crisis

CIPFA has warned that extending the Right to Buy council homes could strip local authorities of their asset bases.

Public Finance 

Planning approval given for 90 homes in Marden

Plans to build up to 90 homes have been approved in Marden with praise given for the quality of the design.

Hereford Times 

Councillors approve £200m Blackpool Whyndyke Farm development

Proposals for a £200m development near Blackpool have been approved, paving the way for 1,400 new homes, a school and a health centre.

BBC News

Council rejects fresh Bidford homes application

A planning application for 200 homes in Waterloo Road in Bidford-on-Avon has been rejected for a second time by Stratford District Council.

Stratford-upon-Avon Herald