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England round-up: Javid announces methodology to assess local housing need; Welfare reforms drive homelessness increase

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 9 September-15 September, 2017

Javid announces methodology to assess local housing need

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has launched a consultation on the government’s proposals for calculating local housing need as the government looks to deliver measures set out earlier this year in the housing white paper.

The Planner

WMCA approves transport plan

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has approved a transport blueprint for £3.4 billion of transport infrastructure improvements over the next 10 years. 

The Planner

Extension for Sheffield’s Meadowhall approved

Sheffield City Council has approved £300 million plans to extend Sheffield’s Meadowhall and transform its leisure offering.

The Planner

Welfare reforms drive homelessness increase

The number of families that are homeless in the UK has risen by more than 60 per cent, says the National Audit Office.

The Planner

North of England needs 500,000 homes within 10 years

A national housebuilding drive is needed for the north of England – a new report suggests that 500,000 more homes are required in the next 10 years to meet the region’s growth ambitions.

The Planner

50 new homes could be built on Abbey Road council depot site

As part of Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Local Plan Part 2 – up to 50 new homes could be built on the council site on Abbey Road in West Bridgford. 

West Bridgford Wire

Khan is ‘squeezing out business’ by focusing on affordable homes, business leaders say 

Business leaders have attacked Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s focus on affordable homes, arguing that a lack of industrial land will squeeze out manufacturers and send international companies elsewhere.

The Telegraph

Hinckley police station: developers told to remove unapproved works

Developers working to convert Hinckley’s former police station into flats have been handed enforcement notices after flouting planning rules.

Hinckley Times

45-metre deep ventilation shafts to be dug in Manchester for HS2

Engineers will have to dig ‘around four’ shafts into the HS2 tunnel on the Greater Manchester leg – but planners don’t yet know where they’ll go.

Manchester Evening News

North Yorkshire County Council agrees fracking planning applications

North Yorkshire County Council has agreed planning conditions with Third Energy that will enable the company to begin operations to frack for shale gas in the vicinity of Kirby Misperton.

Minster FM

Commuters to benefit from UK-built river boats with Wi-Fi

Wight Shipyard has announced recent orders worth £20 million making four boats for use by the Isle of Wight and London.

UK Government

Lidl to apply for permission for new Paignton store

Lidl UK GmbH and Abacus Projects Ltd have given notice that they will apply for planning permission to build a new store on White Rock Way in the town.

Devon Live

HS2 station work may cause Sheffield five years’ disruption

Work to bring HS2 to Sheffield could leave commuters facing more than five years of disruption, according to a presentation seen by the BBC.

BBC News

South West house prices up

A lack of stock and new properties coming onto the market is limiting would-be buyers’ options and seeing house prices rise across the South West, according to a survey.

Devon Live

Final piece of Crossrail laid, marking official completion of £14.8bn track

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has attached the final rail clips on London’s new Elizabeth Line, which will begin operation in December 2019.

The Guardian

London’s housing market is at its ‘weakest’ since 2008

London’s housing market has posted the ‘weakest growth since the depths of the financial crisis’, estate agents have said.

City AM