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England round-up: Housing and Planning Bill update; Report recommends ways to create healthy environments

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 27 February-7 March, 2016

Housing and Planning Bill: What did the House of Lords say about starter homes?

Starter homes came under scrutiny when the House of Lords met for the second session of the committee stage review of the Housing and Planning Bill on Tuesday 1 March.

The Planner

Bypass developers for more affordable housing, London architect tells MPs

Bypassing private developers could speed up house building on public land and enable local authorities to build more of the right homes in the right places at the right price, a London architect has told MPs.

The Planner

Report recommends ways to create healthy environments

A study focused on the systems and policies put in place by local authority planners and public health experts to promote a healthier environment recommends installing facilities such as bike storage to encourage people to leave cars at home.

The Planner

Earlier consideration of Build to Rent will help a ‘growing’ mid-market housing need 

Councils and developers should work together at an earlier stage to speed up the delivery of purpose-built private rented homes, says a guide.

The Planner

Collaboration is key to city-wide sustainability, says green building council

Collaboration between city councils and the private sector will deliver breakthroughs in city-wide sustainability, says the UK Green Building Council.

The Planner

Northern franchises ‘will not deliver transformational infrastructure’

Rail across the North needs a “bigger, more expensive, and transformational” solution to fix its historical lack of investment, because what is committed now simply is not enough, say rail bosses.

Rail Technology Magazine

Controversy as RSPB builds 100m wind turbine despite deadly threat to birds

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has completed construction of a 100 metre wind turbine at its headquarters, despite warnings they are a deadly danger to some birds and bats.

The Telegraph

Build on green belt now: Report says radical steps are needed to solve London housing crisis

The next Mayor of London must “think the unthinkable” and encourage building on green belt land to have any chance of hitting the target of 50,000 new homes a year needed to solve the housing crisis, says a major report.

Evening Standard

Zac Goldsmith: Add two storeys on to public buildings to help solve London housing crisis

Thousands of new homes could be built in London by adding two storeys on to the rooftops of existing public buildings, says Zac Goldsmith.

Evening Standard

South-eastern councils join calls for planning devolution

Calls for local councils to gain more control over planning are growing as South East England Councils submitted evidence to the government, arguing that they should be granted more powers.

Public Sector Executive

Hinkley Point C construction ‘should be delayed until 2019’

Construction of Britain's first nuclear power plant in 20 years should be delayed, says a French union.

BBC News

Crossrail to share lessons learned with infrastructure industry

Crossrail has launched a new website to share lessons learned from the project with the wider UK infrastructure industry.

Rail Technology Magazine

Zac Goldsmith's £1.5bn pledge to tackle crowded Tube lines

Zac Goldsmith has pledged to crack down on overcrowding on the London Underground with a £1.5 billion investment to boost capacity on the busiest lines.

Evening Standard

Government plan to boost South-East transport infrastructure

A major study to boost transport infrastructure across the South-East has been launched.

UK Government

Planning consent granted for £1 billion Manchester Airport transformation

The Manchester Airport Transformation Programme is a series of 60 enhancements covering new facilities and services, and includes the addition of 50 food and beverage and retail outlets.

The Moodie Report

Europe's largest floating solar farm to open

The biggest floating solar farm in Europe is being constructed on a reservoir in Surrey.

BBC News

Smart energy could save £8bn a year, say advisers

The UK could save up to £8 billion a year by using electricity more efficiently, say the government's infrastructure advisers.

BBC News

68 London buildings in architecture awards finals

Sixty-eight buildings, including schools, libraries and cinemas, have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 RIBA London Awards.


New London Awards 2016 open for entires

New London Architecture's annual New London Awards recognise the very best new architecture, planning and development in the capital. Entries are now being accepted.

New London Architecture

Elderly will be hit by ‘bungalow sell-off plan’, foundation warns

Older and disabled people could be disproportionately affected by plans to force councils in England to sell high-value social housing, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

BBC News