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England round-up: Government announces a Towns Fund Deal for Truro; Plans for rail upgrade works in West Yorkshire submitted

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 3 April-9 April, 2021

Government announces a Towns Fund Deal for Truro

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a £23.6 million deal for Truro, Cornwall, that is intended to boost the local economy, create jobs and improve skills in the area.

The Planner

Plans for rail upgrade works in West Yorkshire submitted

Network Rail has submitted plans to transform the rail line between Huddersfield and Westtown (Dewsbury), including upgrades to stations at Huddersfield, Deighton, Mirfield and providing a relocated station at Ravensthorpe.

The Planner

Outline permission granted for 1,300 homes in Tangmere

Chichester District Council’s planning committee has approved an outline planning application for up to 1,300 homes in Tangmere, West Sussex – 30 per cent of which have been designated as affordable.

The Planner

Residents granted hearing against local plan decision

Residents have been granted a court hearing as part of their fight against South Oxfordshire District Council over its decision to proceed with its local plan in December 2020 following the removal of a holding direction issued by housing secretary Robert Jenrick.

The Planner

Sky News reports: How many Britons are unwilling to change their habits to tackle the crisis?

Only 50 per cent of respondents in the YouGov poll for Sky News supported a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.

Sky News

Building waste mounts up in Great Missenden 

Residents have hit out at waste building material built up behind a former pub building in Great Missenden. 

Bucks Free Press

HGV deliveries at Iceland in Colchester ‘ruining residents’ sleep’

Colchester Council is considering taking legal action against a supermarket giant for allegedly flouting planning rules and disturbing residents’ sleep with early morning deliveries.

Daily Gazette

Council proposes caravan seizure over three-year planning breach

West Norfolk Council is seeking the go-ahead to remove a caravan which it says has been sited in a West Norfolk village without planning permission for nearly three years.

Lynn News

Southend Airport in breach of planning permission

Hundreds of huge containers must be removed from a Southend Airport car park because they breach planning permission.

Basildon, Canvey, Southend Echo

Balfour Beatty secures £52 million 

HS2 contract Balfour Beatty has announced that it has been awarded a £52 million contract on behalf of HS2 to deliver environmental works across the route from West Midlands to Crewe.

Balfour Beatty

Plans lodged for new Romford urban village

Impact Developments has lodged a planning application with Havering Council for a £400 million residential-led regeneration scheme close to the Crossrail station in Romford, Essex.

Construction Enquirer

Highways England seeks partners for Lower Thames Crossing roads

Highways England is inviting tenders on two roads contracts worth a combined £1.9 billion to build routes north and south of the Thames on the proposed Lower Thames Crossing project.

UK Government

Stockton joins Local Land Charges Register 

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has become the first council in the North East to join HM Land Registry’s digital Local Land Charges Register.

UK Government

Figures suggest increase in energy-efficient homes 

Most new homes in England are in the most energy-efficient bands, according to figures published by the government.

UK Government

Construction activity grows at fastest rate since 2014 

Construction output grew at the fastest rate in six-and-a-half years in March as a combination of delayed projects getting the go-ahead and a boost in housebuilding spurred on the industry.

City AM

Property sector set for climate fight

Dame Alison Nimmo DBE and a number of other influential property leaders have been revealed as UK Built Environment Climate Ambassadors – members of a ‘real estate army’ mobilised to fight climate change ahead of the United Nations COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.


Leeds Bradford Airport terminal plans delayed by SoS

Controversial £150 million plans for a new terminal extension at Leeds Bradford Airport have been delayed to give communities secretary Robert Jenrick more time to consider the proposal.

West Leeds Dispatch