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England round-up: Central London cycle superhighway, brownfield land funding boost

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 24 January - 30 January, 2015

Mayor finalises city centre cycle superhighway

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has set out his final revisions to plans to construct two cycle routes through the centre of London.

The Planner 

Brownfield land funding boost

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has announced a £4.4 million fund for the provision of 200,000 homes on brownfield land across England. 

The Planner

£800m development 'will kill the soul of Shoreditch'

A battle for the “soul of Shoreditch” is being fought in the heart of the East End’s most vibrant community, according to campaigners opposed to an £800 million development.

London Evening Standard

First company to officially explore 'fracking' in Nottinghamshire

The first company to seriously look into drilling for shale gas in Nottinghamshire has made a scoping request to the county council.

Nottingham Post

Scarborough's Market Hall to get £2.7m revamp

Scarborough's Market Hall is to get a £2.7 million revamp in an attempt to boost employment.

BBC News

Cheltenham council votes to support traffic plan

A major plan to reduce traffic in the heart of Cheltenham town centre has been given council backing.

BBC News

Oxford Parkway station building completed

The structure of the first railway station to be built in Oxford in 80 years has been completed.

BBC News

Fire-hit council asks people to resubmit planning applications

Planning applications were destroyed in a fire which ripped through council offices.

BBC News

New 123 acre solar farm is approved

Lark Energy Ltd applied to North West Leicestershire District Council for permission to construct the 30 mega watt solar farm within the parish of Lockington and Hemington.

Loughborough Echo

Plans for a new £20m student accommodation development submitted to Coventry City Council

Student housing provider Unite Group Plc and Complex Development Projects Ltd want to create a 286-bedroomed development in the city centre - which will also include retail units and a 21-space car park.

Coventry Telegraph