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England round-up: Chris Boardman named Greater Manchester’s cycling commissioner; Government urged to reaffirm commitment to Northern Powerhouse

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 22 July-28 July, 2017

Chris Boardman named Greater Manchester’s first cycling commissioner

Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman has been named the first cycling and walking commissioner for Greater Manchester.

The Planner

RTPI announces 2017 research awards shortlist

The RTPI has published the shortlist for the 2017 Awards for Research Excellence, with 17 research projects competing across five categories.

The Planner

Analysis: Government urged to reaffirm commitment to Northern Powerhouse

Leaders of cities and regions in the north of England have called on the government to clarify whether it remains committed to the Northern Powerhouse and Transport for the North.

The Planner

Night czar offers recipe for saving London’s LGBT venues 

Planners can take the lead in arresting the decline of London’s LGBT venues and protecting its cultural spaces, according to London’s night czar.

The Planner

Brexit will hit southern UK cities hardest – report

Cities that are successful and have large high-skilled service sectors, mainly located in the south of England, will be hit the hardest by Brexit, whether it is ‘hard’ or ‘soft’.

The Planner

Leading role for local authorities in UK plan to improve air quality

The UK Government has published its plan to tackle roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations and improve air quality, giving local authorities a leading role.

The Planner

Sustrans toolbox to help boost walking and cycling

An active travel ‘toolbox’ to help local authorities argue for, and improve, walking and cycling schemes has been launched by Sustrans.

The Planner

£85m Liveable Neighbourhoods programme launched in London

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) have announced a £85.9 million Liveable Neighbourhoods programme that aims to transform town centres and neighbourhood into more attractive and accessible public spaces.

The Planner

Mayor publishes 24-hour plans for London

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has outline 10 principles that aim to help the capital ‘become a trailblazing city at night’ as he pledges to plan for life at night in the same way the city does for the day.

The Planner

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough agrees to investment strategy

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) has agreed to establish an investment strategy that aims to unlock the delivery of schemes such as those that provide affordable housing and transport improvements.

The Planner

Appeal launched over bid to convert Cookham Rise green belt building into house

Members of Cookham Parish Council are set to reiterate their opposition to plans to change a green belt agricultural building into a home.

Maidenhead Advertiser

Wandsworth Council urged to adopt a new tree strategy

A report has been published by the Wandsworth Tree Wardens Network with the aim of stimulating discussion about the borough’s tree population and encouraging the council to update their strategy.

Putney SW15

Studious Building appeals refusal of Falmouth student housing plan

A decision on whether controversial plans for the demolition of a hotel and creation of a 117-bed purpose-built student development in a Cornish university town will rest with a planning inspector after the applicant lodged an appeal.

Cornwall Live

Developer submits ‘twin track’ application for 138 homes for Thurston

Councillors who voted ‘minded to reject’ a residential development in Thurston earlier this month are set to be asked to consider an equal size proposal for the site by the same developer.

Bury Free Press

Developers fail in bid to derail town plan

A consortium of developers has failed in its bid to derail the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan and overturn the will of more than 10,000 Farnham residents at the High Court.

Farnham Herald

Plans announced for Tottenham Court Rd development

Skanska has been signed up by Consolidated Developments to build the £142 million St Giles Circus development on ‘Tin Pan Alley’ in central London.

Construction News

Major Barnstaple river could be rerouted as part of park masterplan

Proposals for a futuristic new park – complete with a café, skate park and urban games area – could see a major river rerouted as part of a flooding defence scheme.

Devon Live

Anger over plan for 179 new homes in South Hams 

Developers are on course to build 179 new homes in a village in the South Hams – despite an original local development plan only approving the construction of 50 extra properties.

Devon Live

Plans in to transform Metquarter

Plans have been lodged to transform Liverpool’s Metquarter into a “vibrant retail, restaurant and leisure destination”, including by adding a cinema and ramping up the food and drink offering.

Insider Media

Plans for new Sturry link-road out for consultation

Plans for a new £29.6 million Sturry link road have gone out to public consultation, as Kent County Council looks to reduce traffic through the centre of the village.

Kent County Council

Landlady fears for future of pub after planners refuse development 

The future of a village pub could be put at risk by a planning office decision to refuse a new development that will increase much-needed community facilities, according to its landlady and owner.

Eastern Daily Press

200-home bid to fund village healthcare

Plans have been submitted to build almost 200 homes in Great Bentley as part of a scheme to fund a new health centre.

Daily Gazette

Suspended sentence for Sheeplands owner as planning dispute ends

The owner of Hare Hatch Sheeplands garden centre has been given a two-month prison sentence suspended for two years as the long-running planning dispute with Wokingham Borough Council comes to an end.

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