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England round-up: Javid announces social housing green paper; Welfare policy ‘undermines’ work done to tackle homelessness

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 16 September-22 September, 2017

Javid announces social housing green paper

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has given notification that the government will bring forward a green paper on social housing in England.

The Planner

Welfare policy ‘undermines’ work done to tackle homelessness

New research suggests that most councils and housing associations believe that the government’s welfare policy reduces their ability to tackle homelessness effectively.

The Planner

TfL withdraws Uber licence

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it will not renew Uber London Limited’s licence when it expires on 30 September.

The Planner

Increase in construction projects in August – statistics

The value of contracts awarded in the construction industry in August reached £5.8 billion, based on a three-month rolling average, a 7 per cent increase on the month.

The Planner

Government pledges £500k to parks action group

Parks and green spaces minister Marcus Jones has a launched a new Parks Action Group, which aims to help public parks and green spaces in England meet the needs of communities.

The Planner

Sharma allots £22m for communities to help deliver housing

Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has announced that £22.8 million of government funding will go to communities to help them deliver neighbourhood plans.

The Planner

Government invests in northern digital railway plans to improve trans-Pennine journeys

The government has announced that it is developing plans for Britain’s first digital intercity railway in the north.

UK Government

Action taken against couple who concealed turning garage into a home

Stratford District Council has been granted permission to take enforcement action against a Long Itchington couple who converted a garage into a residential dwelling.

Leamington Observer

HS2 route change prompts demolition fears in Measham

A woman who recently moved in to a new-build home has said she received a letter warning her that it could be demolished to make way for a high-speed rail line.

BBC News

Asking prices in London fall by 2.9%

House prices in the UK fell by 1.2 per cent in September, the third fall in the last four months and the first monthly fall for this time of year since 2013.

The Telegraph

Church set to have its planning bid rejected for a third time

A church whose worshippers have been at the centre of a string of complaints over loud music, swearing and public urination is set to be refused planning permission for the third time.

Manchester Evening News

Plans in for former Bucks MoD site

Plans have been unveiled to build hundreds of homes on a 100-acre former Ministry of Defence (MoD) site in Buckinghamshire.

Insider Media

Objection to bin, cycle storage area plans

Alton Town Council has raised a strong objection to an application to vary a planning condition at The Coach House on Lenten Street in the town.

Alton Herald

Planning watchdog hopes to persuade university to modify new media centre

The Farnham Society has not given up hope of convincing the University for the Creative Arts to rethink the location of its new £4 million film and media centre.

Farnham Herald

Homes plan for Bovey Tracey ‘not in the interest of the town’

Bovey Tracey town council have said that plans for more than 150 new homes are ‘not in the interest of the town’.

Devon Live

Councils pull out of South Yorkshire devo deal 

Two councils have pulled out of the Sheffield city region devolution deal, saying the planned structure is too small to be effective.

Public Finance

Three police probes into Cheshire East Council

Three police investigations have begun into a council following concerns over falsified air quality data, land purchases and a school grant.

BBC News

Leeds is best place in England to build new homes, study suggests

Leeds is the best location in England for building new homes in terms of value, house price growth, planning success and demand for property, according to new research.

Property Wire

Consultation for new segregated cycle superhighway launched

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a consultation for a new segregated cycle superhighway that will link Kensington Olympia to Brentford.

Greater London Authority

London council finds 35 men living in one three-bedroom house

A raid on a three-bedroom house in north-west London has found 35 men living in rooms full of mattresses.

The Guardian