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England round-up: Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm set to be built; Government announces register for self-builders

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 30 January-5 February, 2016

Devolution ‘must go further’, says committee

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee says Whitehall and local authorities must go further with devolution deals and engage with the public in devolution proposals.

The Planner

Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm set to be built

DONG Energy has confirmed a positive final investment decision for the "world’s biggest” offshore wind farm off the coast of Grimsby.

The Planner

Government announces register for self-builders

Self-builders will be supported by new register, says housing minister Brandon Lewis.

The Planner

RTPI announces finalists for planning awards

More than 60 projects and people have been announced as finalists for the RTPI’s 2016 Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

Guardian opinion: Housing estates: if they aren’t broken…

Rowan Moore writes about Lambeth council, South London, wanting to knock down the 1960s Central Hill estate despite, he says, there not being “very much wrong with it”.

The Guardian

What is holding back the growth of solar power?

The solar sector needs better power storage, grid infrastructure and government support to meet bullish growth predictions.

The Guardian

Housing rent cut hampers Stevenage Borough Council’s plans to pay off debts and build more homes

Councillors say the government’s decision to force local authorities to cut annual rents on their council housing by 1 per cent will mean it will be £225 million short of investment in a housing business plan it had mapped out for the next 30 years.

The Comet

Should London expand up or out?

The London Assembly Planning Committee has warned that the next mayor must start planning for London’s future from the day he or she collects the keys to City Hall.


Guardian Opinion: A day in court showed me the misery of Britain’s housing policy

Polly Toynbee discusses her visit to Clerkenwell and Shoreditch county court on possession and eviction day.

The Guardian

Sadiq Khan: Londoners to get ‘first dibs’ in proposed shared ownership scheme

The Labour candidate for London's mayoral election has said he plans to roll-out a shared ownership scheme with Londoners getting “first dibs”.

BBC News

Harpenden tennis club appeals over expansion plans

Elliswick Lawn Tennis Club in Browning Road, Harpenden, asked St Albans District Council to give the green light to replace its junior tennis court and practice wall with two junior courts, positioned adjacent to its main courts, but the council refused.

The Herts Advertiser

UK kicks off biggest housing review in more than a decade

The biggest review into the housing market in more than a decade is being launched, as home ownership languishes at the lowest rate for nearly three decades.

The Telegraph and Labour 

Councils must join Whitehall’s property reduction drive, says Cabinet Office

Councils will have to publish property rationalisation plans as part of a drive to cut the size of the public sector estate, says Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock.

Public Finance

‘Once green capital, always green capital’: Bristol unveils new sustainability ambitions

The city of Bristol has announced a flurry of sustainability initiatives as it looks to maintain the positive momentum it built last year as the European Green Capital.


UK plans for rail industry growth are promising, says expert

The UK Rail Supply Group (RSG) will work with the industry to improve productivity in the UK's railways and to train skilled workers, it said in a report published this week.