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England round-up: Court of Appeal rejects first local plan challenge, £6m to increase communities' control

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 14 February-20 February, 2015

Court of Appeal rejects first local plan challenge

The Court of Appeal has upheld Suffolk Coastal District Council’s (SCDC) adopted core strategy in the first local plan challenge it has tried.

The Planner

£6m to increase communities’ control

Stephen Williams, communities minister, has announced that the Community Rights programme will receive a £6 million funding boost.

The Planner

London named as third smartest city

Research has placed London in third in a table of global 'smart' cities 2015, with Barcelona taking the top spot.

The Planner

2,000 home application submitted in Somerset

Taylor Wimpey UK, Bovis Homes, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Limited and Summerfield Homes have submitted an outline planning application for a 2,000-home garden community to Taunton Deane Borough Council.

The Planner

House building on the rise in England

New figures released by the government show a rise in the number of new homes started in England last year.

The Planner

Victoria line services to receive improvements

London Underground has announced that it will carry out works this summer to improve the Victoria line services, increasing the number of peak-time trains from 24 trains to 36 an hour.

The Planner

Salford Adelphi Wharf flats being sold with no planning permission

Developer Knight Knox and associated agents are selling flats at the proposed Adelphi Wharf blocks before any planning permission or Section 106 agreements have been put in place.

Salford Star

Magnet Leisure Centre could be torn down and replaced with 500 homes as part of borough local plan

The Holmanleaze facility in Maidenhead, Berkshire, is one of 12 sites that town planners have shortlisted for inclusion in the borough local plan’s second consultation.

Maidenhead Advertiser

Devon and Cornwall new link road plans

A second major road link into Devon and Cornwall could be built under plans by Devon County Council.

BBC News

Is Bristol a worthy Green Capital of Europe – or is it all for show?

From fish farms and tidal generators to the infamous ‘poo bus’, the city is broadcasting its ambitions to be a global leader in urban sustainable living.

The Guardian

Planning permission granted for £15m speculative logistics hub at Manchester Airport

A 130,000 sq ft speculative logistics hub is to be built at Manchester's Airport City. The £15 million project at Airport City Manchester’s Global Logistics site is due for completion in 2016.

SHD Logistics

Corby town centre land sold for more than £70m 

A large section of land in Corby town centre has been sold for more than £70 million.

BBC News

Cuadrilla set for Grange Hill shale approval

Cuadrilla is expected to receive the go-ahead for its shale plans at its Grange Hill site in Lancashire, after local planning officers issued a report recommending that the local committee should approve the plans.

Shale Energy Insider

Housebuilding on the rise in England
Housebuilding on the rise in England