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England round-up: Fracking approved in Lancashire; Transport order submitted for Midland Metro extension

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 1 October - 7 October, 2016

Javid approves controversial fracking plans for Lancashire

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has backed an inspector’s decision to grant permission to Cuadrilla Bowland Limited for shale gas fracking exploration and monitoring operations at its Preston New Road site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire, but withheld permission for exploration works at its Roseacre Wood site.

The Planner

May pledges to repair housing market

Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to use government power to “step in and repair the dysfunctional housing market”.

The Planner

Building in the right places is critical, Tory fringe event told

Planning plays a ‘critical’ role in creating places where homes are well connected to jobs, transport and infrastructure, speakers at an RTPI and Planning Portal fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference agreed.

The Planner

London’s infrastructure increasingly at risk from extreme weather

As extreme weather events become more frequent and unpredictable, London’s roads, Underground stations and properties are increasingly at risk.

The Planner

Transport order submitted for Midland Metro extension

The Midland Metro Alliance has applied for a Transport and Works Order to build and operate the Birmingham Eastside extension from Bull Street to Digbeth.

The Planner

Solar produced more electricity than coal over last six months

The UK’s solar panels have generated more electricity than coal over the past six months, according to analysis by Carbon Brief.

The Planner

UK urgently needs 1.8 million new rental homes by 2025

Some 1.8 million new rental homes are needed urgently in the UK where the housing market is experiencing a sharp drop in the number of available properties to rent.

Property Wire

Residents call for a 'genuine garden town' in Bicester as warehouse plans approved

Appalled campaigners have called for a ‘genuine Garden Town’ in Bicester after residents say they’ve been let down by more warehouse plans.

Bicester Advertiser

Burger van battling with Stockton Council to stay on industrial estate

A little burger van is embroiled in “a David and Goliath” battle with Stockton Council to keep serving up grub on an industrial estate.

Gazette Live

HS2 issues raised by Lostock Green residents to be discussed with transport secretary

Tatton MP George Osborne is to discuss HS2 issues raised by Lostock Green residents with the Transport Secretary.

Northwich Guardian

Underground gas storage site report to be submitted to government shortly

The planning inspectorate is due to deliver its report on the proposed Keuper gas storage facility before the end of the year.

Middlewich Guardian

Wates launches housing development arm

Wates Group has become the latest contractor to join the charge back into private housing development as opportunities grow for mixed housing-led development schemes.

Construction Enquirer

Conservative transport minister slams HS2 critics – and says it will go ahead 

A Tory minister has defiantly told colleagues HS2 is ‘going to happen’ – in the face heckling and hissing from fellow Conservatives.

Manchester Evening News

Housing minister considers flexible approach to affordable homes funding

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has indicated that the government will look to provide greater flexibility in how funding to support affordable homes can be used.

Public Finance

City-led climate action heralds $26bn green business opportunity

New report from CDP and AECOM reveals how collaboration between cities and the private sector is unlocking multi-billion dollar green investment opportunities.

Business Green

Ministers consider Pay to Stay exemption

The Department for Communities and Local Government will consider exempting council tenants from Pay to Stay in areas where social rents and market rents are similar.

Inside Housing

Work on HS2 'only six months away'

Work will start on HS2 within about six months, the Government transport minister responsible for rail has claimed.

Birmingham Mail