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England round-up: Clark calls in Maldon local plan, new neighbourhood planned for east London

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 6 June-12 June, 2015

Clark calls in Maldon local plan

Communities secretary Greg Clark has directed that Maldon District Council’s emerging local plan should be submitted to him for approval following a request from the council’s chief executive to intervene.

The Planner

‘Vibrant’ new neighbourhood plan for east London

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has confirmed plans to build about 2,000 homes and a train station at Rainham, in the London Borough of Havering. 

The Planner

‘Undemocratic’ planning at Shropshire Council raises fresh concerns over decision-making on hillfort housing

Campaigners say new doubts hang over Shropshire Council’s handling of proposed housing by Old Oswestry hillfort as planners come under fire for alleged misuse of delegated powers.

Shropshire Live

Green light for £65m Barnsley waste wood to energy plant

Peel Environmental’s plans to develop a £65 million waste wood gasification facility on a former coal mine in Yorkshire have been given planning permission by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Lets Recycle

Rail electrification scheme delayed

Plans for the full electrification of the rail route between Manchester, Leeds and York have been delayed, with no new date in place, it has emerged.

Insider Media

Network Rail reveals investment figures

Network Rail has hit back at criticism of its performance by announcing that a record £3.4 billion was invested in expanding and growing Britain's rail network over the past 12 months.

Insider Media

Plans for £200m tidal barrage on Wyre Estuary

Plans to build a £200 million tidal barrage in Lancashire that will power tens of thousands of homes have been announced.

BBC News

Ryedale anti-fracking petition debated by councillors

A 1,000-signature petition calling on North Yorkshire County Council to oppose fracking in Ryedale has been handed to councillors.

BBC News

Planning law ‘favours travellers’, MP Philip Hollobone says

Planning laws are “favourably skewed” towards gypsy and traveller communities, an MP has claimed.

BBC News

A453 Nottingham dual carriageway opens

The first completed section of a new dual carriageway in Nottingham has opened after more than two years.

BBC News

A43 Northampton: Bypass hurdle passed

Plans to dual a 1.5-mile (2.5 km) stretch of the A43 in Northamptonshire have passed their latest hurdle.

BBC News

Whyteleafe and Woldingham flood relief project to go-ahead

A £4.5 million flood relief project for Whyteleafe and Woldingham has been given the go-ahead.

Surrey Mirror

New 560-home estate planned for Felixstowe is thrown out by planning teams

The scheme would have included 186 affordable homes, plus a community centre, convenience store, 10 acres of open space and play areas, 60-bed care home, 50 assisted living units, business premises and 25 acres of wildlife corridors.

East Anglian Daily Times

Plans for major development are unveiled

Around 600 people attended the official unveiling of plans for a major new development that will transform north-east Bexhill.

Bexhill Observer

Planning application reconsidered after council fails to agree planning obligations before introducing CIL

Bracknell Forest Council’s planning committee was forced to consider a planning application for the second time after Section 106 planning obligations were not agreed before the council's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule came into effect.