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England round-up: Guidance published to drive forward local growth; Cash injection of £64m for cycling and walking to work

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 21 January-27 January, 2017

Guidance published to drive forward local growth

Advice that aims to enable pro-growth councils, the real estate sector and central government to development more innovative ways of driving forward local growth together has been published.

The Planner

Report: Estate regeneration demands a new approach

A fresh approach to regenerating London’s estates is required, and London businesses suggest that it could include building on disused spaces such as empty garages.

The Planner

Report: Focus should be on releasing land through planning system

Efforts should be focused on improving the release of land through the planning system to boost building levels, says a planning consultancy.

The Planner

Cash injection of £64m for cycling and walking to work

Transport minister Andrew Jones has announced £64 million in funding to encourage more people to cycle and walk to work.

The Planner

Redhill cinema scheme approved

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s planning committee has approved a £40 million multiplex cinema, restaurants and shops in Redhill town centre, Surrey.

The Planner

Call for entries to the 2017 Housing Design Awards

This year’s Housing Design Awards have been launched to showcase the best developments across the country.

The Planner

Millwall Football Club: Compulsory purchase order abandoned

Lewisham Council has abandoned the controversial compulsory purchase of land around Millwall Football Club.

BBC News

Proposal to build 77 flats at former council offices

A not-for-profit housing group has applied to build 77 flats at the former council offices in Bath Street, Hereford.

Hereford Times

Concerns raised over dropped plans for Coventry garden village

Plans for a 2,400-home ‘garden village’ on the edge of Coventry have been dismissed by Rugby Borough Council.

Coventry Telegraph

Council failings identified in report

Hart’s Annual Monitoring Report has suggested there are a number of the district council’s failings in a wide range of areas.

Petersfield Herald

26 affordable homes planned for Keswick 

Up to 26 affordable homes are being proposed next to Keswick hospital in a bid to bring a triple boost to the town.

Times & Star

Housing trust prepares for ambitious housing growth plans

Trafford Housing Trust has announced a new organisational structure and additions to its board that will help it fulfil its strategic objectives while adapting to government policy.

Trafford Housing Trust

Barwell: We want to end local political resistance to new housing

The housing minister hopes to end local political resistance to housing developments through better design quality and the provision of upfront infrastructure.

Inside Housing

Barking shopping mall rebuild approved

Local planners have given the green light for the wholesale redevelopment of the Vicarage Field Shopping Centre site in Barking town centre in East London.

Construction Enquirer

Flood prevention being ignored – MPs

Simple actions to help protect homes in England from flooding are still being ignored by government, say MPs. 

BBC News

Milton Keynes: The middle-aged new town

Twentieth-century new town Milton Keynes has celebrated its 50th anniversary this week.

BBC News

Figures suggest rise in number of people sleeping rough

New figures show the number of people sleeping on the streets in England has more than doubled in the past six years.

Sky News

160-home plan for Market Drayton gets green light

Plans to build a major development of 160 new homes in Market Drayton are set to be given the final go-ahead.

Shropshire Star

Khan backs trial of land value tax

Mayor of London has backed a land value tax in an attempt to solve London’s housing crisis.

The Morning Star

City of London grants planning permission for new City skyscraper

The City of London's planning and transport committee has granted planning permission for 1 Leadenhall, which is set to tower over Leadenhall Market.

City AM