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England round-up: Duty to cooperate needs fortification, 'green paper' suggests London becomes a National Park City

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 25 April - 1 May, 2015

Duty to cooperate needs fortification

Planning industry professionals have told The Planner that while the duty to cooperate is important, it is failing in its current form.

The Planner 

‘Green paper’ suggests that London becomes National Park City

As London’s population - and the demand for affordable housing and development increases - the city must also have more and better quality public realm, says ‘guerrilla geographer’ Daniel Raven-Ellison.

The Planner

Nottingham business park invests in solar energy

Ransom Wood Business Park in Mansfield is set to become one of the first of its kind to generate self-sustaining energy following a £660,000 investment.

Insider Media

UK housing crisis 'in breach of human rights'

The UK is in breach of its own United Nations human rights commitment to provide people with adequate homes because the housing crisis is so serious, a consortium of leading housing charities has warned.

The Guardian

Energy firm claims solar could power whole city

Solar panels in Oxfordshire could generate enough energy to power the whole of Oxford in the next two years, an energy firm has claimed. 

Bicester Advertiser

Only 43 homes in London are affordable for first-time buyers 

According to analysis published by Shelter, there are just 43 homes left in the whole of Greater London that are still affordable to the average first-time buyer.

The Guardian

Sainsbury's submits plans for mixed-use development at site of Whitechapel store

Retailer Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited has submitted plans to Tower Hamlets Council for the redevelopment of the site of a Sainsbury's supermarket in east London into a mixed-use scheme with more than 600 homes.


Outline planning permission granted for 105-home development in Kendal

Carlisle-based company Story Homes has been issued with a planning notice to build up to 105 homes on the Kendal Parks Farm site in the town.

The Westmoreland Gazette

Scunthorpe United new stadium plan passed

Plans for Scunthorpe United's new £18 million stadium have been passed.

Scunthorpe Telegraph

Desk space demand is on the rise in city

Demand for serviced offices is on the up in North Staffordshire, with the average cost of desk space coming in at almost a third of London prices.

Stoke Sentinel

Swan Heights turned down by the planners

“This is not Las Vegas or Hong Kong,” said chairman of Reading's planning committee Chris Maskell as it rejected the plan for three skyscrapers in the town centre.

Get Reading

Green Park railway station approved for Reading

Green Park station will be built on the Reading to Basingstoke line near the Madejski Stadium, as part of a multi-million pound scheme to improve transport networks across Berkshire.

BBC News

Brewers Quay homes development approved

Plans to further develop a Grade II-listed former Victorian brewery in Dorset have been approved.

BBC News