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England round-up: Government launches drive to boost rural economy; Latest Anfield regeneration plans to go on show

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A round-up of planning news in England: 10-16 October, 2015

Government launches drive to boost rural economy

A £138 million initiative to create more jobs and boost the rural economy has been unveiled by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The Planner

South West communities lobby MPs on renewable energy projects

More than 30 community energy groups across the South West is holding a day of action today (16 October) to urge the region's MPs on the future of renewable projects.

The Planner

Latest Anfield regeneration plans to go on show

A consultation on the latest plans to regenerate Anfield in Liverpool is to be launched next week.

The Planner

Housing crisis strips billions out of London economy

London's economy is losing more than £1 billion a year because of the housing crisis as the capital becomes a no-go zone for employees, according to latest research.

The Planner

Telford & Wrekin Council Guarantee to protect green spaces

Telford & Wrekin Council will be asked to approve protection from development for 116 open public spaces in the borough under its new Green Guarantee.

Shropshire Live

£525m Builders' Finance Fund: only £1m allocated

Builders have been given only £1 million of a £525 million fund to kick-start construction of houses in England, it has emerged.

BBC News

Judge approves £85m Manchester rail link

An £85 million rail connection between Manchester's Piccadilly and Victoria (pictured) stations has been given the go-ahead by the High Court.

Insider Media

Reading FC unveils homes and leisure development at Madejski Stadium

Radical plans for a leisure complex at Reading Football Club’s Madesjki Stadium have gone on public display.

BBC News

Wokingham council gives go ahead to large-scale development

A development for up to 1,500 homes, sports fields, a primary school and shops in Berkshire has been given the go-ahead.

BBC News

Plans to demolish Isle of Wight’s former Rivoli Cinema tipped for refusal

The application is supported by the local ward councillor, but planning officers say the demolition of the former Rivoli Cinema “would result in the unjustified loss of a non-designated heritage asset”.

On the Wight

Tesco sells mothballed supermarket sites for £250m

Supermarket giant Tesco is selling more than a dozen sites that it no longer wants to develop to a property company in a £250 million deal.

BBC News

£200m refurbishment proposed for Manchester’s Owens Park

Plans to rejuvenate Manchester University’s Owens Park accommodation have been set in motion.

The Mancunian

Planning dispute at Sussex holiday park

Wealden District Council has issued an enforcement notice to Golden Cross Holiday Park, ordering the demolition of verandas and decking built without planning permission.

Sussex Express

Allerdale Borough Council forced to apologise over turbine planning objections

Allerdale Borough Council is to apologise to residents in Oughterside near Aspatria after ignoring their objections and then granting planning permission for a wind turbine near their homes.

ITV News

Planning bosses expected to refuse religious group’s bid to build free school in Coventry village

The Brethren Fellowship had already won outline permission to build a school in Holly Walk, Baginton, after a long-running battle.

Coventry Telegraph