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England round-up: Government to invest £5.2bn into flood defences over six years; Bradford consults on city regeneration plans

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 24 July-30 July, 2021

Government to invest £5.2bn into flood defences over six years

The government has said that 'thousands more homes and businesses' will be better protected from flooding and coastal erosion as a result of a £5.2 billion investment announced yesterday (29 July), with the housing secretary announcing that planning applications opposed by the Environment Agency will be called in to be determined by his department.

The Planner

Poll finds residents want to have say on housing

A Local Government Association (LGA) survey has found that eight in 10 residents (82 per cent) want to be able to have a say on all new homes built in their community.

The Planner

Bradford consults on city regeneration plans

Bradford Council has launched a public consultation on its plans for regenerating the city, including establishing new walking, cycling and public transport facilities.

The Planner

Housebuilders commit to environmental delivery plan

A number of housebuilding firms have committed to a sector-wide delivery plan that seeks to meet climate, nature and wider environmental targets set by the government.

The Planner

Cash secured for Oldham brownfield sites

Oldham Council has provisionally secured £6.5 million from the government's Brownfield Housing Fund to regenerate two brownfield sites and deliver 415 homes.

The Planner

Bewdley gets flood defence funding from Defra

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced funding of £6.2 million to protect homes and businesses in Bewdley, following the floods in January 2021 during Storm Christoph.

The Planner

Hertfordshire plans for sustainable transport link

Hertfordshire County Council has set out it plans for a sustainable transport link connecting Hertfordshire and West Essex.

The Planner

Extra £82m needed for government to meet rough sleeping pledge

Councils and charities have warned of a potential surge in people on the streets as winter approaches with the Kerslake Commission urging the government to continue its Everyone In scheme, first launched at the start of the pandemic.

Sky News

Green light for study into UK’s first ‘electric motorway’

The Department for Transport has awarded funding through Innovate UK to a consortium to lead the UK’s first ever study on the electrification of long-range trucks with dynamic charging, using overhead wires on motorways.

Infrastructure Intelligence

New homes plans for controversial 'green land' estate set out

Plans for a further 189-homes at the site of a controversial housing scheme on green land in Westhoughton have been lodged.

Manchester Evening News

Former primary school set to be demolished for housing

The demolition of a former school in St Martin's to make way for 35 new houses is set to be approved, despite the building being recognised as a heritage asset.

Shropshire Star

Council chiefs accused by MP of being on side of developers

Chris Philp, the Conservative MP for Croydon South, has written to Croydon Council chief executive Katherine Kerswell to outline the complaints he has been receiving from constituents.

Inside Croydon

Hundreds of Chesterfield homes proposed

Plans have been submitted for the development of hundreds of homes and new commercial space on agricultural land in Chesterfield.

Insider Media

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