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England round-up: Growth plan launched for Thames Estuary; 300 new homes given green light in Westbury

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 9 July-15 July, 2016

New PM announces communities secretary in cabinet reshuffle

The UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed new communities, transport and energy secretaries in a cabinet reshuffle.

The Planner 

Growth plan launched for Thames Estuary

The Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission has been launched in an attempt to boost productivity, attract and retain skilled workers and capitalise on major infrastructure works.

The Planner

QPR housing development victory raises hope for new stadium

Queens Park Rangers have been given the green light to build 605 new homes for Old Oak Common, West London.

Evening Standard

300 new homes given green light in Westbury

A further 300 new houses will be built in Westbury after a planning application was granted by a government inspector on Wednesday, subject to conditions.

This is Wiltshire 

Stratford local plan found sound despite uncertainty over housing needs of neighbours

In his final report on the Stratford-on-Avon Core Strategy, examining inspector Pete Drew has said that the numbers of homes required to address neighbouring Coventry's unmet needs might not be known until Coventry's own local plan had been examined.


Plans for London’s newest skyscraper revealed

Plans for London’s newest skyscraper, nicknamed the ‘Toblerone Towers’, include 50,000 square metres of space and more than 400 homes.

Evening Standard

London mayor Sadiq Khan blocks extra funds for garden bridge

The future of London’s proposed garden bridge has been called into further question after the city’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, halted preparatory work on the structure over fears this could involve more public money being spent.

The Guardian 

Thames Garden Bridge works to restart after funding hiatus

The trust behind the £175 million Thames Garden Bridge has confirmed enabling work will restart next month after London’s mayor called a halt to works because of fears that more public cash would be required.

Construction Enquirer 

Brand new town could be built next to Lutterworth

A new town with more than 2,700 homes, a retail centre and an industrial park could be built to the east of Lutterworth.

Hinckley Times

Heathrow expansion: 34 councils urge government to back third runway

More than 30 councils from around Britain have signed a letter urging the government to back Heathrow's expansion.

BBC News 

Man City owner submits plans for new apartments

The joint venture between Manchester City Football Club’s owner and the council has lodged plans to create more than 200 private rented sector apartments in New Islington.

Insider Media

Illegal extension in Feltham demolished by Hounslow council

An illegal side extension has been demolished at a property in Feltham, West London, after the owners failed to remove it.

Get West London 

HS2 still failing to engage with ‘anxious’ Camden residents

The government has come under pressure to dramatically improve HS2’s plans for community engagement.

Evening Standard 

London sets the benchmark for mobilising climate finance

A new report has praised London for its ability to mobilise climate finance, and has called on global cites to turn to the private sector to invest the necessary $57 trillion in infrastructure to transition to a low-carbon economy.


Campaigners call for HS2 to be scrapped

Campaigners have called for the HS2 rail project to be cancelled after a watchdog said it faced 'major cost pressures'.

Burton Mail

MPs barred from taking part in HS2 inquiry

Parliament has begun a detailed inquiry into the effect of the HS2 rail line on communities - but MPs representing the areas affected are barred from taking part.

Birmingham Post 

Circle Square developers outline green vision

The developers behind Circle Square, the mixed-use scheme on the former BBC Oxford Road site in Manchester city centre, have outlined their green vision for the area.

Insider Media 

Housing market ‘falters amid Brexit campaign and vote’

The supply of homes on the UK market fell at its sharpest rate to date and buyer demand hit an eight-year low as Brexit was confirmed, say surveyors.

BBC News