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England round-up: Give the public a voice in infrastructure planning, £100m Selly Oak housing plan

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 21 February-27 February, 2015

Give the public a voice in infrastructure planning

“The current infrastructure planning system is failing”. That is the conclusion of a recent think tank report.

The Planner

Report calls for a green belt review

Local authorities in London should, says a new report, review the rules that protect the green belt around the city and use some of it to help alleviate the housing crisis.

The Planner

£100m Selly Oak housing plan

Developer Persimmon Homes South Midlands has bought Birmingham’s former Selly Oak Hospital and will invest £100 million into building homes.

The Planner

Neighbourhood planning gets £22m fillip

Housing minister Brandon Lewis announces that communities setting up neighbourhood plans will receive a multi-million pound boost.

The Planner

First look at designs for elegant river crossing that could link Nine Elms with Pimlico

A huge sweeping ark that goes from one side of the river to the other and a tropical palm tree-lined walkway are among dozens of designs unveiled today for a proposed new bridge across the Thames.

Evening Standard

Broadmarsh Centre redevelopment: ‘It’s time to take seriously the plans we have in store’

It won’t be the £500 million game-changer that Westfield promised 10 years ago. But the new plans for Nottingham’s Broadmarsh shopping centre will still play a decisive part in the development of the city’s status as a visitor destination. Victoria Centre owner Intu bought Broadmarsh from Westfield in 2011, with the recession in full swing and the two firms confronting the commercial reality that there were plans to significantly expand both shopping centres when only one was likely to achieve its full potential.

Nottingham Post

Major new Yorkshire wind farm could power 2 million homes 

The UK government gave an offshore wind project the go-ahead last week, a move that is expected to support up to 900 green jobs in Yorkshire and Humberside and millions of pounds’ worth of investment to the UK’s economy.

Intelligent Building

City to be a world pioneer for sustainability

Nottingham is set to become a global beacon for sustainability as part of a new widescale and pioneering initiative to modernise the urban environment and cut csrbon dioxide.

Nottingham Trent University

Local residents angry at lack of social housing at West Ham ground

After 112 years, the turnstiles of West Ham United’s famous Boleyn Ground in East London will crank for the last time at the end of next season. When the club moves the few miles into the Olympic Stadium, the Boleyn – also known as Upton Park – is set to be redeveloped as a “village” of 838 homes.

The Guardian

Waverley green belt in ‘developers’ gold rush’ warning

Delays in finalising plans for building on green belt land in Surrey risk creating a ‘developers' gold rush’, it has been claimed.

BBC News

East Coast Mainline work to ‘split Spalding in two’

Diverting 100 trains a day through a Lincolnshire town could cause safety issues, a council leader has warned.

BBC News

Work to begin on Northampton's Vulcan Works cultural hub

Work to convert a disused iron works and several run-down buildings into a cultural hub will start in spring.

BBC News

Is property still a safe bet? Confidence in rising house prices at lowest ebb since summer of 2013, survey shows

Confidence that house prices will continue their upward momentum in the coming months has fallen to its lowest level since June 2013, says a study.

This is Money

Bovis Homes’ annual profits jump sharply

House builder Bovis Homes has reported a 69 per cent rise in annual profits to £133.5 million after an “excellent” year.

BBC News

UK shale gas firm Cuadrilla hits further planning snag

British shale gas firm Cuadrilla hit another obstacle to getting the gas out of the ground when a local council refused it a permit on Wednesday for a site where it wanted to take geological measurements.


Public inquiry to be held over Ludlow housing plan

Tesni Properties, the developer behind the proposal for a new housing estate next to the A49 to the north of the town, has lodged an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate over a decision to refuse planning permission for the homes.

Shropshire Star