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England round-up: Hinkley Point C gets nod, £40m for Southampton roads

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 4-10 October, 2014

European Commission gives the nod to Hinkley power plant

Revised plans for £24.5 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, agreed between the UK government and EDF Energy, have been approved by the European Commission now that they comply with EU state aid rules.

The Planner

Businesses evicted over office to residential developments

Town hall leaders warn that existing businesses have been served with eviction notices despite the government plan being intended for empty office blocks only.

The Planner

Southampton council in £40m residential road-fixing pledge

Many of Southampton's worst residential roads could be permanently resurfaced after the council's ruling group pledged to spend £40m on repairs.

BBC News 

West Oxfordshire housing development given go-ahead

Plans to build hundreds of houses on farmland in west Oxfordshire have been approved.

BBC News 

Joy for Darlington Civic Theatre as £5m restoration grant is awarded by Heritage Lottery Fund

It’s third time lucky for Darlington Civic Theatre after it was confirmed this morning (Wednesday) that the Edwardian venue has been granted £5m for major renovations.

Darlington and Stockton Times 

Blackpool Council to fund £14m hotel in resort

Blackpool Council has said it will pay £14m for the construction of a four-star hotel as part of plans to attract visitors to the resort.

BBC News

City of York Council back £100k river safety plan

Plans to invest £100,000 to improve safety along York's rivers after two people fell in and died have been approved by councillors.

BBC News

Routes considered for Metro tram extension in Digbeth

Two routes are being considered for the £127m Midland Metro tram extension in Birmingham.

BBC News