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England round-up: Government publishes strategy to combat climate change; Network Rail releases sites for housing

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 7 October-13 October, 2017

Government publishes strategy to combat climate change

Energy secretary Greg Clark has published the government’s plans to cut carbon emissions to address climate change and drive economic growth.

The Planner

Over £500m for next clean energy auctions

The government has announced that up to £557 million will be available for the next clean electricity auctions.

The Planner

Network Rail releases sites for housing

Network Rail has launched the first of its planned series of new ‘multi-site land packages’ as well as a range of new measures to improve its work with developers.

The Planner

Silvertown Tunnel decision delayed

Transport minister Paul Maynard has announced that a decision on development consent order to build a road under the River Thames in East London has been delayed by one month.

The Planner

Report: Outer London boroughs failing to build

Research by business organisation London First suggests that the capital’s outer boroughs are not building enough homes and as a result are contributing to London’s housing shortage.

The Planner

£61.4m roads package for the East of England 

The government says a coordinated £61.4 million package of essential maintenance and improvement work is under way on motorways and major A-roads across the East of England.

UK Government

Javid visits development in Rugby

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has visited a development in Rugby and welcomed progress to deliver 6,200 new homes on the old Radiostation site, which forms part of investment in the Midlands Engine.

UK Government

Homelessness funding for Manchester

The government has announced that Greater Manchester will receive almost £3.8 million to develop a new city region-wide approach to preventing homelessness and reducing rough sleeping.

UK Government

New £48 billion funding for Britain’s railways

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled the latest stage in the government’s record investment in Britain’s railways.

UK Government

Fareham publishes draft local plan

A new draft local plan has been agreed by Fareham Borough Council and was to published for consultation later this month. However, the council has since received notice that the plan has been called-in.

Fareham Borough Council

HCA to spend £1.6m to ‘mitigate impact’ 180 new homes in Appleton

Almost £1.6 million will be spent by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to 'mitigate the impact' of building 180 homes in Appleton, Warrington, including £138,780 towards healthcare facilities.

Warrington Guardian

Highways England working with WMCA to improve journeys

Traffic officers will help to combat congestion on roads surrounding the M5 Oldbury viaduct as Highways England and the West Midlands Combined Authority join forces to improve journeys.

UK Government

Cost-cutting delays Heathrow airport’s third runway (subscription)

Heathrow’s plans for a third runway have been delayed until at least the end of the year as the airport tries to cut £6 billion from the cost of the project.

The Times

Harworth wins planning permission for Newcastle development

Harworth, the logistics developer, has won planning permission for a 1.3 million square feet logistics development north of Newcastle, which will be rebranded as Lynefield Park.

SHD Logistics

Council could lose power to decide planning applications

Planning applications in the Henley area could in future be decided by the government, as almost 11 per cent of ‘major’ developments that it refused permission for in the two years to June 2016 were allowed on appeal.

Henley Standard

Deliveroo battles with councils over pop-up takeaway food kitchens  

Deliveroo is facing battles with local authorities over its use of kitchens on car parks and industrial estates in which chefs are making takeaway food for hip restaurants such as MEATLiquor, Busaba Eathai and Notting Hill’s Cocotte.

The Guardian

East London is fastest-growing area of the capital 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has published figures suggesting that East London is the fastest-growing area of the capital – with 110,000 additional jobs created since the 2012 Olympic Games.

Greater London Authority

Petrol and diesel cars could be banned in Oxford city centre from 2020

Non-electric vehicles could be banned from Oxford city centre by 2035 in what is believed to be the world's first Zero Emissions Zone in plans laid out by Oxford City Council.

Oxford Mail

Plans to transform Oxford Street District

A consultation on Transport for London’s plans for Oxford Street district has suggested the public is in support of transforming the area.

Transport for London

London tube will get even more crowded, union bosses warn 

Overcrowding on two of London’s major Tube lines will get worse, warn union bosses after it emerged that TfL has shelved plans to buy more trains.

Evening Standard