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22/05/2015

England round-up: Coventry supports West Midlands devolution, construction output falls says report

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 16 May-22 May, 2015

Coventry City Council supports West Midlands devolution

Coventry could soon join the proposal for a Greater Birmingham combined authority that would see powers devolved from central government.

The Planner 

Building output falls – report

The number of construction outputs in the UK fell in April in comparison with March, with the value of contracts awarded totalling £5.5 billion, according to new figures. 

The Planner

Planning research conference requires abstract submissions

The deadline submission date for abstracts for the 2015 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference is fast approaching.

The Planner

Top 10 degree subjects for graduate prospects

Architecture, building and planning are in the top 10 for best university courses for getting a job within six months of finishing.

The Telegraph

New house completion in England up 10 per cent

The number of new homes completed in England increased by 10 per cent in the first three months of 2015, bringing the total for the financial year to its highest level in six years.

The Guardian

Devolution to local government in England

Devolution proposals from the government to Manchester and other large cities have been explained in a summary note. It includes the main political developments and political party positions.

Parliament

New solar park blasts into action

Kinetica Solar is celebrating completion of building work on a 39.2 MW solar energy park in Lincolnshire.

Re News

Lake District draws up World Heritage status bid

A bid for the Lake District to win World Heritage status has been backed by local councils, tourism chiefs, businesses and charities.

BBC News

A160 set for closure in £88m Port of Immingham road project

Work to turn a road into a dual carriageway is set to begin, as part of an £88 million road upgrade project in north-east Lincolnshire.

BBC News

Energy company SSE confirms Ferrybridge power station closure

A coal-fired power station deemed “no longer economical” will close, an energy company has confirmed.

BBC News

Council pushes ahead with £35m Stafford access road

A £35 million proposed access road in Stafford has received the backing of county councillors.

BBC News

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