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England round-up: Housing and planning bill – second reading round-up; Small developers ‘must be at heart of housing revival’

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 31 October-6 November, 2015

Housing and planning bill - second reading round-up

Brownfield sites are to be prioritised for development, provisions for automatic planning permission in principle and the right to buy all featured in the second reading of the housing and planning bill this week.

The Planner 

Small developers must be at heart of housing revival, say experts

A revival of small and medium-sized house builders is critical to resolving London’s – and the UK’s – housing challenges.

The Planner

25,000-home framework for West London green-lit

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has approved and adopted a planning framework that will deliver more than 25,500 homes and create up to 65,000 jobs at Old Oak and Park Royal.

The Planner

Government launches fracking consultation

Environmental organisations have reacted to a government consultation on fracking.

The Planner 

RTPI launches guide to celebrate World Town Planning Day

The RTPI has launched a report aimed at non-planners to celebrate World Town Planning Day.

The Planner

Garden city proposed for Sheffield

Last year’s winner of the Wolfson Prize has recommended that 100,000 homes be built in Sheffield and the surrounding area over the next 20 years.

The Planner

312,000 homes a year needed in England - report

Young people across the country are struggling the most to live independently because of the cost of housing, with more than 310,000 homes needed each year to meet demand, according to figures.

The Planner

Councils spend £450m topping up planning fees

Local councils have been forced to spend £450 million to cover the cost of planning applications in the past three years, according to a Local Government Association analysis.

The Planner 

The Planner to host neighbourhood planning webinar on 17th November

Are communities now able to influence local development as the Localism Act envisioned - or are barriers to successful neighbourhood planning proving insurmountable?

The Planner

The Mount in Fleetwood revamp to get under way

Work to restore a 19th century landmark in Lancashire is due to begin.

BBC News

Flood defence works in Morecambe due to begin

The first phase of a £10 million flood defence scheme at a seaside town in Lancashire is due to begin.

BBC News 

Solar panels being installed before government funding cut

Hundreds of tenants in north Manchester are to have solar panels installed in a £5 million green energy scheme by the end of the year.


New garden city in Kent ‘will provide up to 5,000 homes by 2019’

Up to 5,000 new homes will be built by 2019 to kick-start the UK’s first 21st-century garden city, the man charged with its delivery has said.

The Guardian 

Peckham prefab ‘shed’ auctioned for £1m

A prefabricated property dubbed a “shed” in south-east London has been auctioned off for just under £1 million.

BBC News

Local plan for Scarborough published

The new local plan for the Borough of Scarborough has reached the final stage of production and has today been published (6 November) for residents and other interested parties to read and comment on for the last time.

Yorkshire Coast Radio

Joy as Daw Mill plans unanimously rejected

Planning chiefs at North Warwickshire Borough Council have unanimously refused proposals to develop the Daw Mill colliery site.

Tamworth Herald 

Prefabricated homes ‘could be answer to dire housing needs’

Modern prefabricated housing could “unleash a revolution” in the design and the delivery of new homes for Britain to meet the government’s housing targets, a Conservative MP has suggested.

Shropshire Star 

Green light for £150m Bradford urban village

Bradford Metropolitan District Council has given the thumbs-up to plans to build a £150 million urban village between Bradford and Shipley.

Construction Enquirer 

Objections to install 58m tall wind turbine in Barton

Councillors have objected to plans that could see a wind turbine erected in Barton.

Scunthorpe Telegraph