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England round-up: HS2 college sites revealed, £2m East Midlands rail package

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 27 September-3 October, 2014

HS2 college sites revealed

Birmingham and Doncaster have been named as the sites for the new National College for High Speed Rail.

The Planner

More to rural economy than farming, says report

The economy of the countryside is at threat owing to a lack of ‘rural-proofing’, warns a report by Newcastle University.

The Planner

East Midlands rail services to be improved

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a £2 million package of improvements to upgrade rail services between Nottingham, Newark and Lincoln.

The Planner 

£10m revamp planned for Tunsgate Square in Guildford

New 'affordable luxury’ shops and restaurants could be coming to Guildford in Surrey as part of a major £10 million transformation of Tunsgate Square.

Get Surrey 

Northampton lift tower could become 127m 'giant lava lamp'

A 127m (418ft) tall tower in Northampton could be turned into the "world's biggest lava lamp".

BBC News 

Battle lines drawn over new wind farm bid in Northumberland

Battle lines are being drawn over plans for nine wind turbines next to the site of one of the UK’s biggest wind developments.

The Journal

Phoenix Centre submits £1.5 million application

The Phoenix Youth Centre has lodged a planning application for a £1.5 million extension and modernisation.

Daventry Express

Plans approved for £10m arts cinema on former Beales department store site

Councillors have given the go-ahead for plans to build a £10 million art-house cinema and leisure complex in the middle of a Yorkshire spa town.

Yorkshire Evening Post