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England round-up: Crossrail 2 is a ‘priority’; TfL’s International Women’s Day pledge to put more women in workforce

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 5 March-11 March, 2016

Crossrail 2 is a ‘priority’

Funding should be made available now to develop Crossrail 2 - a priority project for which London should pay half, says the National Infrastructure Commission

The Planner

TfL’s International Women’s Day pledge to put more women in workforce

Transport for London has pledged to increase the proportion of women at all levels of the organisation – with an aspirational target of matching London’s own diversity by 2020.

The Planner

Housing is ‘defining challenge’ for London’s next mayor – Goldsmith

Meeting housing need will be the “defining challenge” for the next Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith told an audience of planners yesterday.

The Planner

Khan targets 50% of new homes being affordable

Labour MP Sadiq Khan has released his manifesto as part of his campaign to become the Mayor of London – making the provision of more homes to rent and buy a priority.

The Planner

Agree ‘basic parameters’ for estate renewal, housing leaders urge

‘Significant’ housing and placemaking potential could be unlocked in London if the future mayor and the government can agree “basic parameters” for estate renewal, according to a cross-disciplinary group of leading thinkers on housing.

The Planner

11 new Housing Zones announced as mayor opens affordable development

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced 11 new Housing Zones that will provide 24,554 new homes and create new neighbourhoods across the capital.

Greater London Authority

High London rents pricing out young teachers, says NUT

The success of London schools is at risk as high rents increasingly price young teachers out of London, says the National Union of Teachers.

BBC News 

David Wilson Homes champions adaptable housing in Cotgrave

Home builder David Wilson Homes is showcasing a range of uniquely designed, adaptable homes at its Hollygate Park development in Cotgrave, where properties have been designed to incorporate features that will see residents through life’s milestones.

West Bridgford Wire

Plans for six more neighbourhood planning areas pass referendum but voter turnout is consistently low

The development plans for six neighbourhood planning areas in England were backed by nine out of 10 participating voters last month. However, less than a third of eligible voters took part in each referendum.


Housing boss says England could lose 300,000 socially rented homes by 2020

The government's drive to boost home ownership will radically change the housing landscape across the country, MPs in the Public Accounts Committee were told.

BT News

Not enough services to support major Nottinghamshire housing development, say residents

More schools, surgeries and support services are needed to accommodate a major housing development in Hucknall and its surrounding areas, say residents.

Nottingham Post

Lake District up for UNESCO World Heritage status

The Lake District has become the UK's latest nomination for UNESCO World Heritage site status.

BBC News

Devolution deal for Cumbria falls flat

A devolution package for Cumbria worth a reported £300 million has fallen flat after politicians within the county were given just hours to consider the deal.


Delay in starting work on Hull’s £11.5m footbridge

Work on a £11.5 million footbridge across a major road in Hull will now not start until 2018, an MP has revealed.

BBC News

Milverton objects to use of green belt land in local plan

Villagers in Old Milverton, Warwickshire, and people living in north Leamington are planning to stand against proposals to build hundreds of houses on green belt land as part of the Warwick District Council's Local Plan.

The Courier