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England round-up: Grayling approves facilities to support North Yorkshire potash mine; Thoresby Colliery redevelopment plans unveiled

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 16 July-22 July, 2016

Grayling approves facilities to support North Yorkshire potash mine

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has a granted a Development Consent Order for new harbour facilities in Teesside, linked to a potash mine approved last year.

The Planner 

Confidence drops in UK commercial property market – report

The UK commercial property market has seen a significant drop in investor demand and confidence following the vote to leave the European Union.

The Planner 

RTPI: Is planning reform heading in the right or wrong direction?

The RTPI is seeking the views of its members on the impact of recent planning reforms to the UK’s planning systems and on their work.

The Planner 

Location of Development: report on the south-west of England

The RTPI has launched the latest report from its ‘Location of Development’ project.


Thoresby Colliery redevelopment plans unveiled

Proposals to transform the site of one of the UK's last deep-pit coal mines have been unveiled.

BBC News 

More people owning their own home

New figures show that government initiatives are turning around the decade-long decline in home ownership.

UK Government 

Transport secretary receives progress report on plan to get Midlands economy firing

Chris Grayling visited Derby as work progresses on regional transport strategy to power the Midlands Engine.

UK Government 

Housing boom for Carlisle

More than 6,000 new homes have been built in Carlisle in the past 15 years – and council chiefs promise that thousands more are on the way.


Holiday homes could be restricted in border town

The building of holiday homes in Hay-on-Wye could be restricted as the town council looks to house more permanent residents.

Worcester News 

Homes in rural Preston turned down for second time

Controversial housing plans for rural Preston have been thrown out, after councillors went against the advice of officers for a second time.

Lancashire Evening Post

Berry launches Big Renters Survey

Private renters are being urged to tell their woes to London Assembly member Sian Berry.

The Wharf

HS2 rail project backed by new transport secretary

The new transport secretary Chris Grayling says he does not intend to scrap the high-speed HS2 rail project.

BBC News 

Plans to ‘transform’ West Street move forward

Plans to regenerate an area at the bottom of West Street in central Brighton with two hotels have been given the green light.

Insider Media Limited

Homes strategy aims to protect town centre high streets

First-time buyers could be encouraged to move into town centres to help protect high streets from changing shopping habits, according to the local government minister.

News and Star

Local plan: Final strategic sites revealed but concern raised over what’s in pipeline for Alderley

Having approved its revised local plan strategy, which will shape development across the borough up to 2030, Cheshire East Council will now be forwarding this to the Planning Inspector for consideration.


Government must learn from ‘blinkered’ approach to energy efficiency

The Public Accounts Committee report states that failures highlighted by the design and implementation of household energy efficiency schemes put public money at risk and must not be repeated.

Parliament UK