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England round-up: Consultant: planning should be evaluated in same way as efficacy of drugs; housing dominates Farron’s agenda

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England - 19 September-25 September, 2015

Housing dominates Farron’s agenda

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has set out his views on how to solve the housing crisis in England at the party’s conference this week.

The Planner 

Consultant: planning should be evaluated in same way as efficacy of drugs

We should be looking at using the built environment to prevent people from getting ill, says an urban planner.

The Planner

Commercial and retail construction at four-year high 

Commercial and retail construction contracts were worth more than £1.15 billion in August, a four-year high.

The Planner

Charnwood Housing Masterplan: Final report by inspector

A core strategy that will determine where future development takes place in the borough has passed a “significant milestone” says the borough council.

Loughborough Echo 

Another first for Swindon as it becomes hotspot for sustainable energy

Work has started on another major solar energy farm near Swindon as the town continues to be in the vanguard of sustainable power generation in the UK.

Swindon Business News

Town council wants to produce Neighbourhood Plan

Stone Town Council is looking to produce a Neighbourhood Plan to make sure that developments in the town meet residents’ needs.

A Little Bit of Stone

More than a quarter of the UK Government construction pipeline disappears, finds KPMG analysis

With more than a quarter of its projects disappearing since December 2014, more needs to be done to improve the consistency and accuracy of the UK Government construction pipeline, according to analysis published today by KPMG.


£50m committed to NE renewable energy facility

The John Laing Group and the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) have committed £50 million to a new renewable energy facility to be built in the North-East.

Insider Media

HS2: George Osborne urges China to pitch for £11.8bn contracts

Chancellor George Osborne has urged Chinese investors to bid for contracts to build HS2, as he opened the bidding process for the high-speed rail line.

BBC News 

The housing trap: how can Berlin avoid following in London's pricey footsteps?

Though comparatively cheap next to London’s astronomical living costs, Berlin’s rental prices are rising rapidly. What does this mean for the native Berliners and ex-Londoners who rely on its reasonable housing market?

The Guardian

Government’s public land sell-off needs transparency says Labour MP Meg Hillier

Members of the influential public accounts committee have slammed the government’s land disposal policies, saying that ministers should be “embarrassed” by the backbenchers’ findings.

City AM

‘Exciting and innovative’ planning application submitted

A planning application for the Somerleyton Road scheme, which would bring 300 new homes, a theatre, chef school, children’s nursery and new business opportunities to Brixton, has been submitted.


Opinion: Housing association chief: ‘2.5m homes built – we’re doing a good job’

David Montague, head of one of the biggest housing associations, defends his sector against attacks from the government.

The Guardian

Motorway roadworks ‘should be limited to two miles’

The length of roadworks on motorways and A-roads in England should be shortened to reduce drivers’ frustrations, ministers have urged.

BBC News 

Big journey savings and safety boost from A590 bypass in Cumbria

Cumbria’s newest stretch of road – the A590 High Newton and Low Newton bypass near Grange-over-Sands – has produced major benefits for road users and villagers, according to a new report.

Cumbria Crack 

More than 1,000 say ‘no’ to controversial housing estate

Opposition to controversial plans to build a large housing estate in Great Wyrley is mounting as a local MP joins the protest.

Express and Star 

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council facing planning appeal bill of thousands

A reserve of £172,500 is being put aside by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to meet any fees and costs associated with planning appeals.

Hinckley Times