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England round-up: Clark and Rudd to fast-track shale gas applications, transport investment plan for the North published

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 8 August - 14 August, 2015

Building in the green belt could increase car journeys, RTPI research finds

Building near to train stations in the London green belt could add an extra 7.5 million car journeys every week, according to new research by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

The Planner

Clark and Rudd to fast-track shale gas applications

Communities secretary Greg Clark and energy secretary Amber Rudd have revealed plans to accelerate shale gas planning applications through a new dedicated planning process.

The Planner

Transport investment plan for the North published

A £13 billion blueprint showing how the government plans to invest in transport to press forward with the Northern Powerhouse has been published.

The Planner

Village is one of six in the county to complete neighbourhood plan so far

Weston under Penyard is one of only six parishes in the county to have completed its neighbourhood plan.

Hereford Times 

Controversial schemes get cautious welcome in Wellesbourne

Two controversial planning applications to build 350 homes and a new medical centre in Wellesbourne have been given the green light by Stratford District Council.

Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

Rail watchdog fines Network Rail £2m for London Bridge delays

The rail regulator has fined Network Rail £2m for inept timetabling and poor planning for upgrades that caused severe disruption at London Bridge station.

The Guardian

Telford & Wrekin residents asked for views on Local Plan

Telford & Wrekin Council is asking its residents for views on its Local Plan, the document the council will use for town planning decisions affecting the borough until 2031.

Shropshire Live

£35m Lime Street regeneration approved in Liverpool

The approved scheme involves the creation of a 412-bedroom student block, a 101-bedroom hotel and more than 30,000 sq ft of commercial space, but also the demolition of the historic Futurist Cinema.

Insider Media

Sainsbury's abandons Middlesbrough superstore

Sainsbury's has abandoned an 80,000 sq ft superstore on Teesside despite completing construction of the building and its car park.

BBC News

Plans for controversial £15m windfarm near Guisborough are scrapped

The developer says the project is no longer viable after national policy changes.

Gazette Live

Leeds housing and business development gets £160m boost

An insurance firm is investing more than £160m in a business and housing development in east Leeds.

BBC News

Norwich bypass costs rise by £29m

The cost of a planned bypass in Norwich has risen by £29m.

BBC News

Opinion: Is chugging along enough after railway upgrades put on pause?

With election promises shelved, passengers are facing slow progress on many rail routes, particularly in the north. The state of Britain’s railways is under review.

The Guardian 

Green Party: Parisian cycling signs should be replicated in the UK’s towns and cities

UK cities should follow Paris’s lead in allowing cyclists to travel through red lights if the way is clear on agreed routes, says the Green Party.

The Economic Voice 

England to test charge-as-you-drive 'electric motorways'

Motorists will be able to recharge their cars as they drive if a scheme being proposed by Highways England comes to fruition.

BBC News