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England round-up: EDF board approve Hinkley Point C; Government approves London City Airport expansion

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 23 July-29 July, 2016

EDF board approves Hinkley Point C

The board for French company EDF has approved the £18 billion Hinkley Point C, with the UK Government now set to consider the proposals for the power plant.

The Planner 

Government approves London City Airport expansion

Chancellor Phillip Hammond, transport secretary Chris Grayling and communities secretary Sajid Javid have announced that the £344 million expansion programme for London City Airport will go ahead.

The Planner

Regeneration scheme granted approval in Woking

The planning committee at Woking Borough Council has granted planning permission for the Sheerwater Regeneration Scheme, which includes up to 922 dwellings.

The Planner 

Action called for to release more than 66,000 homes in the South-East

Local authorities need new powers to speed up the delivery of their housing plans, not more red tape in the planning system, according to South East England Councils.

The Planner

RTPI joins International Ethics Coalition

The RTPI has joined a new international coalition that aims to develop the first set of globally recognised ethics standards for built environment and property-related professional organisations.

The Planner

RTPI: Is planning reform heading in the right or wrong direction?

The RTPI is seeking the views of its members on the impact of recent planning reforms to the UK's planning systems and on their work.

The Planner 

Jitters in London luxury flat market as investors sell for 'bargain' prices

The first real signs of distress in the market for luxury London apartments are starting to emerge, as investors who agreed to buy homes off-plan are starting to sell them on for less than they agreed to pay for them.

The Guardian

Burnham residents encouraged to take part in homes consultation

Sedgemoor District Council is encouraging local residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to have their say on plans for new housing in the two towns.


Redbridge votes in local plan to build homes on 'beautiful' green belt sports ground

A controversial plan to build 600 homes on “the best sports pitches in East London” was voted in by councillors this week.

Guardian Series 

Builder plans 120 homes for Portslade site

Crest Nicholson has contacted North Portslade ward councillors Peter Atkinson and Penny Gilbey to tell them about the proposal.

Brighton and Hove News 

Green light for housing access plan

Outline permission for a housing development at the site of a former Wigan school has been granted despite objections from residents.

Wigan Today

Nurses and teachers living in ‘affordable’ housing scheme face 20% rent rise

Residents of an affordable housing scheme have hit out at an “immoral” 20 per cent rent increase which they say could leave them homeless.

Evening Standard

Two student houses in Brighton ordered to close

Two student houses in the Lewes Road area have been ordered to close, Brighton and Hove City Council said this week.

Brighton and Hove News

AFC Wimbledon: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan begins stadium consultation

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has begun a 14-day consultation period over AFC Wimbledon’s planning application for a new stadium at Plough Lane.

BBC News

‘Huge ugly homes plans a blight to green belt land’ say Great Ashby residents

Developer Croudace Homes has submitted a planning application to North Herts District Council for up to 360 homes on land known as Roundwood on the outskirts of Stevenage, to the north-west of Great Ashby.

The Comet 

Didcot A Power Station site housing plan approved

A new development close to where four men died at the site of the former Didcot A Power Station has been approved by planners.

BBC News

Parliamentary report includes RTPI recommendations to build more homes

Five important drivers of house building, identified by the RTPI, have been included in the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s Building more homes final report.