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England round-up: Consultation tool could see communities plan their carbon future; Local plans failing to address climate change - report

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in England: 26 November-2 December, 2016

Report: Local plans failing to address climate change

Most post-2012 local plans in England are failing to cut carbon emissions or plan for the scale of weather predicted in future years.

The Planner

Consultation tool could see communities plan their carbon future

A consultation tool that aims to enable towns, villages and neighbourhoods to shape their own sustainable local energy plans has been launched.

The Planner 

New social housing regulator proposed

The government has proposed that the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) social housing regulation function should become a separate public body.

The Planner

2,000 new homes for Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester

The government has announced a multimillion-pound private rent deal aimed at boosting housing in Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.

UK Government

More than 250,000 are homeless in England – Shelter

More than a quarter of a million people are homeless in England, suggests an analysis of the latest official figures.

BBC News

New appeal for travellers site in Hinckley has been launched

A man who has been trying for five years to create a travellers site in Hinckley has launched a new appeal.

Leicester Mercury

Flooding fears over plans for new apartment block in Wheathampstead

A developer has appealed against a refused two-storey apartment block, and the secretary of state will now to decide whether the proposed construction should be built.

Herts Advertiser

London tops cost-of-housing survey at 14 times average earnings 

The average cost of a home in London is more than 14 times average earnings – the highest level on record, according to figures from property consultancy Hometrack.

The Guardian

HS2 ‘will be obsolete by the time it is built’

A prominent Yorkshire businessman has claimed that new technologies will render the need for high-speed rail projects obsolete by the time they are completed.

Yorkshire Post 

Port of Blyth opens £2m renewable energy training centre

The Port of Blyth has teamed up with Northumberland College and the University of Newcastle to open a £2 million renewable energy training centre. The state of the art facility offers one of the few renewable energy training courses available in the UK.

Buckle LLP

Greedy house builders make billions while getting taxpayer subsidies, yet fail thousands of homeless families

The chancellor has been blasted for giving more taxpayer ­subsidies to greedy house builders – who rake in billions while making the homes crisis worse.

The Mirror

Housing targets threaten our countryside 

Dorset countryside campaigners are warning that ‘unrealistic’ housing targets could lead to an unwarranted loss of the county’s countryside. 

View News

Mayor unveils £7m fund to help young Londoners access tech jobs

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has unveiled a £7 million programme to arm young Londoners with the skills they need to access jobs in the capital’s thriving digital, technology and creative industries.

City Hall

Action group plan following HS2 changes in Measham 

An action group is being formed to research the implications the new high-speed rail line (HS2b) will have on Measham and surrounding villages.

Burton Mail

London needs own Brexit deal, says Khan

London could seek its own Brexit deal with the EU because ministers are not listening to businesses, says the Mayor of London.

Sky News