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13/05/2016

England round-up: Housing and Plan Bill passes into law; Heathrow aims to exceed commission conditions for expansion

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 7 May-13 May, 2016

Housing and Planning Bill passes into law

The wording of the government’s Housing and Planning Bill has been settled on by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords and has now passed into law.

The Planner

Housing and Planning Bill: Lords concede on remaining amendment

The House of Commons rejected a Lords amendment relating to the Right to Buy in the Housing and Planning Bill.

The Planner

Housing and Planning Bill: Lords agree to Commons’ amendments

The House of Lords has agreed to a number of amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill put forward by the House of Commons, including one on starter homes.

The Planner

Government should do more to tackle affordable housing – councils

The Association for Public Service Excellence and the Town and Country Planning Association are calling on the government to deliver the homes needed in the UK.

The Planner

Government efforts to tackle poverty won’t succeed if it neglects ‘place poverty’ – RTPI

The RTPI has warned that many national and local policies are failing to reduce poverty because they ignore how well-planned local environments with good services and transport can help lift people out of poverty.

The Planner

Government wins appeal over affordable housing and small sites policy

The Department for Communities and Local Government has won its appeal over a ruling that a planning policy for affordable housing requirements for small-scale developments was unlawful.

The Planner

Heathrow aims to exceed commission conditions for expansion

Heathrow Airport has announced that it will meet and exceed the conditions set out in the Airports Commission’s recommendation to expand the airport.

The Planner

Less than a third of house builders think the government can hit its homes target

Just three in 10 of England’s house builders think the government can meet its target of building one million homes by 2020, a new survey has suggested.

The Telegraph

Wembley £2.5bn development approved despite safety concerns

Plans to build a £2.5bn development beside Wembley Stadium in north-west London have been approved despite claims it could jeopardise fan safety.

BBC News

Stafford HS2 connection at risk owing to cost cuts

A connection between the £55.7 billion HS2 line and the West Coast Main Line near Rugeley is thought to be at risk as part of a report being led by cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood.

Express and Star

Huddersfield builder’s merchant ordered to close and demolish illegal structure

A DIY store and builder’s merchant must close and demolish part of its premises after it was converted without planning permission.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner

Lib Dem councillor labels the local plan ‘the longest suicide note in history’

A Lib Dem councillor has described the revised local plan as the “longest suicide note in history” in a response to a comment sent to The Guildford Dragon News by Guildford Borough Council’s leader, Paul Spooner.

The Guildford Dragon News 

HS2 headquarters to move from London to Birmingham

Staff at the headquarters of the HS2 high-speed rail plans are being consulted as it prepares to move to Birmingham, according to the BBC.

BBC News

Interim HS2 construction commissioner to be appointed this summer

An interim construction commissioner for HS2 will be appointed this summer, transport minister Robert Goodwill MP told the House of Commons this week.

Rail Technology Magazine

Lewisham residents build their own dream homes to beat London’s housing crisis

A group of south-east Londoners is to be given a plot of land to build dream homes in a radical scheme to help tackle the capital's housing crisis.

Evening Standard

Council leader rubbishes reports that Manchester Airport has been axed from HS2 route

Suggestions that Manchester Airport has been axed from the HS2 route are ‘unequivocally untrue’, council leader Sir Richard Leese has insisted - while the government says its position has not changed.

Manchester Evening News

Crossrail project: New Elizabeth line stations revealed

Images revealing what the stations will look like on the new Elizabeth line when it opens in 2018 have been released by Crossrail Limited.

BBC News 

Race starts for £500m London design-and-build housing framework

Property group A2Dominion has set out plans for a four-year, £500 million framework for housing and development across London and the South-East.

Construction News

World Health Organisation: 10 UK cities failing to meet air quality standards

Air pollution in a number of cities, including Glasgow, Leeds, Scunthorpe and Nottingham, is breaching international limits, new study shows.

Business Green

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