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England round-up: Devolution a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for the North of England; Housing and Planning Bill third reading passed

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 9 January-15 January, 2016

Devolution a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for the North of England 

Regional devolution is a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to transform English democracy and make the “long overdue return of this country to its 19th century dynamics that made it the world leader in the industrial revolution”, according to Lord Heseltine.

The Planner

Housing and Planning Bill: Third reading passed

The Housing and Planning Bill has been passed through to the House of Lords following part two of the report stage and the third reading in the House of Commons.

The Planner

Growing shortage of minerals and waste planners – survey

There is a growing shortage in the number of minerals and waste planners, according to the results of an RTPI survey.

The Planner

Housing crisis hits 1960s levels as tenants battle to cope, says Shelter

More than half of the people living in private rented accommodation say they are struggling to pay for it. A YouGov poll of more than 4,500 people for housing charity Shelter shows that 53 per cent were finding it hard to pay their rent, and a further 3 per cent were falling behind on payments.

The Guardian

What will Zac Goldsmith’s ‘2-for-1’ housing bill amendment achieve?

Zac Goldsmith’s New Year come-on to London voters was public confirmation that the government has accepted a Conservative amendment to its Housing and Planning Bill requiring each vacant council house forcibly sold in London to be replaced by two new “affordable” ones.

The Guardian

Nissan wants to extend wind farm on its Sunderland site

Nissan’s wind farm could generate more power as the car giant applies to boost the number of turbines.

Sunderland Echo

Revealed: Jaguar Land Rover's £500m plan to build a car factory in Coventry

Coventry is in line to gain thousands of jobs as Jaguar Land Rover prepares to announce the next phase of an estimated £500 million investment plan around its Whitley headquarters.

Coventry Telegraph

UK Government misses own green targets

The government has failed to meet its own targets for cutting the environmental impact of the state’s operations, according to a Defra report quietly published last month.

The Guardian

Concerns raised over huge new housing development for Highbridge

Councillors and residents have given a cool reception to multi-million pound plans for a proposed new housing development on farmland on the outskirts of Highbridge.


East Midlands rail freight hub approved

A rail freight hub and warehouse complex has been approved which developers say will create 7,000 jobs.

BBC News

Council to challenge neighbourhood planning decision, as minister announces extension of scrutiny

Cherwell District Council has announced that it will challenge the communities secretary’s decision last month to allow an appeal and grant permission for a 54-home development in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire.


Guardian Opinion: A tale of two Brutalist housing estates: one thriving, one facing demolition

Colin Wiles writes about the Barbican and Robin Hood Gardens and their contrasting fortunes.

The Guardian 

Calls for rethink on Crossrail 2 station in Dalston

Hackney Council is calling for a fundamental rethink over proposals for a new Crossrail 2 station in Dalston, which would see homes and businesses demolished and Ridley Road Market disrupted.

Hackney Council

Stratford Core Strategy planning blueprint faces further delay

Stratford District Council’s bid to build for the future was dealt a further blow this week as the planning inspector says any modifications will need to undergo a consultation.

Stratford Observer 

Stroud and Stonehouse ‘new town’ plans get backing

Plans for more than 1,000 new homes in Gloucestershire have been agreed in principle by councillors in Stroud.

BBC News 

Lowestoft third crossing proposals sent to government

Proposals for a third water crossing in Lowestoft that had previously been ruled out have been submitted to government.

BBC News

40 cycling schemes underway on England’s biggest roads

Work has started on more than 40 schemes as part of a £100 million package to make it easier for cyclists to cross motorway junctions and use major A roads.

UK Government