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England round-up: HS2 could be scrapped, says Truss; Ealing Council serves solicitor with £500k confiscation order

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 1 June-7 June, 2019

Developer contributions to be made simpler, says Malthouse

Housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced changes to developer contributions to make the system simpler and accelerate the pace of homebuilding.

The Planner

HS2 could be scrapped, says Truss

Rail projects such as Northern Powerhouse Rail and other infrastructure projects could be prioritised over HS2 under a future Conservative government, suggested Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

The Planner

Ealing Council serves solicitor with £500k confiscation order

Ealing Council has won £500,000 under a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) order against a Southall solicitor who used his home as an office for his legal practice.

The Planner

Homes plan for old station resubmitted

Proposals for a new housing development at the site of a former village railway station near Oswestry are set to go before planners again.

Shropshire Star

Kendal flood scheme planning application approved

A flood scheme planning application has been approved after being referred back to South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee to be checked against recently adopted planning policies.

Cumbria Crack

Tant ‘confident’ Bury St Edmunds’ abbey will be protected

A town planning expert has said he is confident that the Abbey of St Edmund is in good hands, following a visit to Bury St Edmunds.

East Anglian Daily Times

Work begins on homes in Northampton

More homes are on the way for people looking to live in Northampton’s South West District as work begins on 212 new properties at Upton Park.

UK Government

Government backs ambitious plans for the UK in space 

The UK will play a leading role in the new space age, with new support for domestic satellite launch capability, space weather forecasting, and a National Space Council, said the government.

UK Government

Cabinet asked to approve local plan strategic sites consultation

Shropshire Council’s cabinet will be asked next week (12 June) to approve a public consultation on a number of strategic development sites.

Shropshire Council

First pictures of HS2 train designs revealed

Manufacturers bidding to build the new high-speed rolling stock for HS2 have published concept pictures showcasing their proposals.


Updated plans for care village on old Solihull garden centre site

Updated plans to create a ‘care village’ on the former site of a Solihull nursery have been handed to council planners. A planning application sets out proposals to build 34 ‘extra care’ apartments, with two bedrooms each.

Coventry Live

Task force vows to help breathe new life into town centres

A fundamental rethink of the West Midlands’ town centres is needed to reverse their fortunes and drive changes that benefit the region, says a task force.

West Midlands Combined Authority

Industry reacts to Brokenshire’s property purchase with pension idea

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has given a speech to the think tank Policy Exchange in which he mused that young people should be able to use their pension pot to fund their first property purchase.

Mortgage Strategy