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England round-up: HS2 would widen the regional divide, says think tank; Arc residents are concerned for countryside, suggests poll

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 16 March-22 March, 2019

HS2 would widen the regional divide, says think tank 

The government could improve rail journeys in all regions and nations for the cost of HS2, which will instead ‘deepen’ the regional divide.

The Planner

Arc residents are concerned for countryside, suggests poll

The Campaign to Protect Rural England has called for an inquiry into proposals that will see a million homes built across the Oxford-to-Cambridge Arc by 2050. This comes as a poll finds that 74 per cent of those living in the arc think the proposals will have a detrimental effect on the countryside and environment.

The Planner

Government pledges cash for road schemes

The A1231 in Sunderland will be dualled and a new road will be built in Shrewsbury to help commuters avoid congestion, says the government.

The Planner

Homes England boosts Basildon development

Swan Housing Association has received a £30 million loan to help to develop its Basildon regeneration schemes.

The Planner

West Yorkshire Combined Authority calls for rail investment

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has called for 'significant investment' in the North's rail infrastructure in its submission to a government-commissioned review.

Insider Media

£9.75m to clean high streets

Councils across England will receive an immediate cash boost from a £9.75 million fund to back their efforts in cleaning up high streets and town centres, communities secretary James Brokenshire has said.

UK Government

McDonald's is refused permission for Earlswood drive-thru over common land

McDonald’s plans for a new drive-thru in Earlswood have been dealt a blow after the burger giant was denied permission to gobble up a small piece of common land in order to build it.

Get Surrey

Middlewich neighbourhood plan rejected in tight vote

The plan to help guide development across Middlewich, including new housing and employment sites, has been refused by residents with 1,083 voting against and 1,063 supporting the proposals.

Place North West

New local plan for Bristol revealed

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees has unveiled the city’s new local plan, which aims to deliver 33,500 homes by 2036.

Insider Media

Plans tabled for 100 new homes on fields in Littleborough

Plans have been submitted for 100 homes on fields next to land in Littleborough that has already been controversially earmarked for a huge new housing estate.

Manchester Evening News

Nuneaton and Bedworth secures traveller injunction

A ban on unauthorised traveller encampments on public land across Nuneaton and Bedworth has been granted by a High Court judge.

Coventry Telegraph

West Cumbria Mining granted approval for underground coal mine

Cumbria County Council has granted planning approval to West Cumbria Mining to develop its Metallurgical Coal Project, a new underground mine, on a brownfield site in West Cumbria.

Cumbria Crack

Plans to knock down a bridge in York are submitted

Plans that will see the front of York Railway Station transformed, with the removal of Queen Street Bridge and a reorganisation of the road layout, have been submitted.

Minster FM

Thousands of public spaces lost to the council funding crisis

The local government funding crisis ‘has become so dire’ that councils are being forced to sell thousands of public spaces, such as libraries, community centres and playgrounds, an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has suggested.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Picturehouse hotel plan is given the green light

A plan for an 81-bedroom hotel on the site of Stratford’s Picturehouse cinema has been approved by Stratford District Council.

Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

Owners face £30k fines as Blackpool’s eyesore buildings are targeted in clampdown

The owners of more than 200 problem properties in Blackpool face court action – and a possible £30,000 fine – if they do not bring them up to scratch. A new task force to tackle the derelict buildings has helped to secure improvements to about 100 properties so far.

Blackpool Gazette

Brokenshire backs Uttlesford’s right to determine growth at Stansted Airport

The government has backed Uttlesford District Council’s right to determine future growth for 35 million to 43 million passengers a year at Stansted Airport.

Bishop's Stortford Independent