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England round-up: Chancellor publishes rural productivity plan; Construction skills shortage threatens house building

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round up of planning news in England: 15 August-21 August, 2015

Infrastructure and devolution key to rural productivity, says chancellor

Chancellor George Osborne and environment secretary Elizabeth Truss have published a productivity plan to boost the economy of rural parts of England.

The Planner

Construction skills shortage threatens house building, warns LGA

A worsening shortfall in construction skills could threaten the government’s target to build 275,000 affordable homes by 2020, say councils.

The Planner

Giant wind turbines bid to be discussed

Concerns have been raised about plans to install two wind turbines near Stafford that would be considerably bigger than originally proposed.

Express & Star

Planning permission submitted for Marlowe Road Estate

Plans for the development of more than 400 homes at the Marlowe Road Estate have been submitted for approval.


Joint local plan is given the go-ahead

The new joint local plan for West Dorset, Weymouth, and Portland has been found sound by the independent inspector, meaning that it can now go forward to be adopted.

Dorset Newsroom

Hundreds of homes, plus shops and pub could be built in Telford under new plans

About 450 homes, shops and a pub could be built in Telford.

Shropshire Star

Revealed: University of Wolverhampton's £10 million vision

Plans have been submitted for a new £10 million new block of offices and research units being built by the University of Wolverhampton.

Express & Star

Third Energy’s Yorkshire fracking plans enter consultation

North Yorkshire County Council launches eight-week consultation on shale gas test site plans near Kirby Misperton.

Business Green

Green light for Cambridge Station plans

Multimillion-pound proposals for a new railway station have taken a step closer to fruition after being given the go-ahead by Cambridge City Council.

Insider Media

‘Hands are tied’ as planning approval given for Victoria Road in Stanford-le-Hope

Approval has been granted for 153 new homes to be built in Stanford-le-Hope by Thurrock Council’s planning committee – with its chairman Councillor Terry Hipsey having a blast at some of his critics as he proposed the vote for approval.

Your Thurrock

Why is the UK still knocking down historic cinemas?

The number of cinemas in the UK has fallen hugely since the Second World War. Is enough being done to ensure historic venues are preserved?

BBC News

St George’s Crypt charity in Leeds plans to build 20 houses

A homeless charity has announced it is to build 20 houses as part of a £1.5 million development for the homeless.

BBC News

Get permission or remove the Lego men

A local businessman says he is happy to face prosecution rather than watch Charnwood Borough Council wash away pieces of street art he has had commissioned in the town.

Loughborough Echo