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England round-up: Energy NSIP project submitted in Yorkshire; Government sees new settlements as part of housing crisis solution

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 26 May – 1 June, 2018

Energy NSIP project submitted in Yorkshire

The Planning Inspectorate has received an application for a Development Consent Order for a gas generation and battery storage project in Yorkshire. A second application for the Abergelli Power Project is also under review.

The Planner

Government sees new settlements as part of housing crisis solution

The government sees an ‘increasing role’ for new settlements to help solve the nation’s housing shortage, conference audiences have heard.

The Planner

Merging of two Somerset councils approved

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has signed a Structural Change Order, paving the way for Taunton Deane and West Somerset councils to become one unitary authority.

The Planner

Developers failing to meet affordable housing demand, report suggests

Just two per cent of councils in England feel new development meets policy requirements for affordable housing, a new report suggests.

The Planner

NPPF policy changes provide a focus for the 2018 MPA/RTPI Mineral Planning Conference

The government’s proposed changes to the NPPF could reverse the long-held view that minerals are ‘essential’. The central principle of the Managed Aggregate Supply System was introduced by the Verney Royal Commission in 1975.

Politics Homes

Folly Hill homes appeal re-opened

An appeal against planning permission refusal for more than 100 homes in Folly Hill has been re-opened. Waverley leader Julia Potts says the decision by the planning inspectorate is ‘extremely disappointing’.

Farnham Herald

McDonald's appeals rejection of sixth branch

A fast food restaurant has launched an appeal after the city council’s planning committee rejected its plans for a sixth restaurant in Southampton.

Daily Echo

Art Deco community centre added to York heritage list

Campaigners have welcomed moves to put an at-risk former school gym onto York’s local heritage list.

Minster FM

Housing scheme recommended for approval

A proposal for land off Shaw lane in Albrighton has been recommended for approval by Shropshire Council's planning committee on 5 June.

Shropshire Star

Offshore wind farm base opened by MP

The base of a £1 billion offshore wind farm has been opened by Lewes MP Maria Caulfield. The project will provide energy for approximately 350,000 homes.

BBC News

Further action taken against owners of Padd Farm

A judge has appointed an accountancy firm to attempt the recovery of more than £1.5 million from the jailed owners of Padd Farm.

Get Surrey

'Six-foot high' fence built around public space in Broughton Astley

Land set aside for sport and recreation in the Leicestershire village of Broughton Ashley is now fenced off and overgrown after being sold by a developer.

Leicester Mercury

Transport for London bidding to run Buenos Aires metro system 

London’s publicly owned transport operator is bidding to take control of the Argentinian capital’s metro system. If successful, it will be Transport for London's first overseas expansion in recent years.

The Guardian

Kent motorway junction upgrade will include new flyover 

Major improvements planned for junction 5 of the M2 will now include a new flyover, Highways England has announced. The junction lies near Sittingbourne, Kent.

UK Government

£750m Castleford scheme will provide ‘major boost’ to West Yorkshire 

Wakefield Council has approved a large residential and leisure development on a site incorporating the former Nestlé factory and the Hickson & Welch chemical site.

Insider Media

Channel 4 reveals shortlist for new National HQ and Creative Hubs

Channel 4 has announced which cities and regions will enter the second stage of the pitch process for the new National HQ and Creative Hubs. The project is part of its 4 All the UK strategy.

Channel 4

Chelsea put stadium plans on hold

Chelsea's Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has paused the football club's stadium plans as the renewal of his UK visa is delayed.

BBC News