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England round-up: Cash boost for Didcot Garden Town; Housing strategy approved in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 12 August-18 August, 2017

Cash boost for Didcot Garden Town

Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has announced a £6.2 million cash boost aimed at accelerating the delivery of Didcot’s Northern Perimeter Road.

The Planner

Housing strategy approved in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has approved housing plans that include a cash boost for 11 affordable housing schemes across the region to accelerate housing delivery.

The Planner

Arsenal's Emirates Stadium inks deal to source 100% renewable energy

Arsenal Football Club's 60,000-seater stadium in North London has become the first Premier League stadium to source 100 per cent of its electricity needs from renewables, after the club extended its supplier deal with Octopus Energy.


Housing saga restarted after developer lodges appeal

A developer that was told its bid to build more than 20 homes would ‘harm’ a North Somerset village has appealed a local authority decision to refuse planning permission.

North Somerset Times

Cuadrilla 'getting away' with fracking rig breach

A shale gas firm has been accused of "getting away with whatever they want to do" by anti-fracking protesters after breaching planning rules.

BBC News

Anti-pollution tunnels form part of government air quality strategy

Highways England has proposed to create protective pollution tunnels on fume-ridden motorways as part of its latest air quality strategy to tackle vehicle emissions.

Contract Hire and Leasing

Enforcement officers investigate private car park in Ramsgate

Questions have arisen about a private car park near a fire station in Ramsgate, with Thanet District Council confirming its enforcement team are investigating the site.

Kent Live

Trains to replace scrapped Sheffield to London electrification will be slower, government admits

Trains chosen to replace a scrapped £500 million electrification scheme between Yorkshire and London are slower than their electric counterparts, the Department for Transport has admitted.

Yorkshire Post

Councils urged to work together

Sonning Common Parish Council has said it wants to work with other communities in South Oxfordshire on planning issues.

Henley Standard

Delivering decent homes remains Eden council’s priority

Delivering quality housing to meet the needs of local communities remains the overriding priority for Eden District Council, it has said.

Cumbria Crack

London Midland loses West Midlands rail franchise

A new rail operator has been awarded a contract to run the West Midlands rail franchise, the Department for Transport has announced.

BBC News

Telford's rubbish going to create 'green' energy

Non-recyclable rubbish from homes in Telford will no longer go to landfill but will instead be used to generate green energy that will go to the National Grid.

Shropshire Star

Yorkshire Dales visitor attraction served with planning enforcement notice

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has approved an enforcement notice to be served on the owners of the Forbidden Corner visitor attraction in Coverdale, requiring it to demolish a prominent ‘castle folly’ that has been built without planning permission.

Richmondshire Today

200 homes planned next to A449 in Penkridge

Bloor Homes has unveiled its proposal for a housing estate just north of the centre of Penkridge.

Express & Star

Three-storey flats as part of 85 homes plan for Devon village approved

Plans for the first step towards a major new housing development on the edge what Prince Charles has called the 'ideal English village' have been approved – and it includes a three storey block of flats.

Devon Live

Council could be stripped of planning powers

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council is refusing and overturning too many major developments and could be stripped of its power to determine applications, government inspectors have said.

Epsom Guardian