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England round-up: Javid assigns £7bn to affordable homes; Fund launched to tackle second home ownership problem

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 31 December 2016-6 January, 2017

Javid assigns £7bn to affordable homes

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has made a further £7 billion available for the government’s affordable housing programme that aims to help the country's housing needs to be met.

The Planner

Planning permissions increased in Q3, show figures

The number of planning permissions granted during Q3 of 2016 was up 10 per cent on the second quarter of 2016 and 14 per cent higher than the same period in 2015.

The Planner

Fund launched to tackle second home ownership problem

The government has launched a £60 million annual fund that aims to help almost 150 councils tackle the high levels of second home ownership in their communities.

The Planner

Report: Government urged to introduce environmental act to limit Brexit impact

The Environmental Audit Committee has called on the government to introduce a new Environmental Protection Act as part of its EU Article 50 negotiations to maintain the UK’s environmental standards.

The Planner

Tens of thousands of quick-build homes set to tackle housing crisis

Communities secretary Sajid Javid had told Sky News that “ready to go” homes – from factory-built to custom-made apartment blocks – will be a key component of his housing white paper to be published this month.

Sky News

Four pupils announced as winners of RTPI sustainability competition

Solar lighting, flood defences, regenerating derelict spaces and buildings, community gardens and greater use of technology were among the ideas put forward by the winners of the inaugural RTPI World Town Planning Day 2016 Schools Competition.


Crossrail trains undergo weather testing 

The new Crossrail trains are undergoing extreme weather testing to ensure that passengers travel in comfort, including high winds and temperatures ranging from -25°C up to 40°C.

Time Out London

Campaign group must not repeat misleading fracking claims

Friends of the Earth must not repeat misleading claims it made in an anti-fracking leaflet, says advertising watchdog.

BBC News

Restrictions may be coming to advertising events on agents’ boards

A local council has said it is considering restricting how estate agent use boards for advertising community events like school sports days and village fetes.

Estate Agent Today

135-home plan for Yoxall rejected

Celebrations are under way in Yoxall after plans for a development of 135 new homes were rejected for a second time, with one parish councillor saying they had “crashed and burned”.

Burton Mail

Parish plan praised for its ‘vision’

Thurcaston and Cropston Parish Council has been praised for having vision and producing a plan that sees the community have a greater say in planning developments.

Loughborough Echo

Council leader says garden village will open door to infrastructure funding

The leader of West Oxfordshire District Council has hit back at criticism of a new garden village on the A40 that was awarded funding earlier this week.

Bicester Advertiser

Cambridgeshire ban on wind farm could be reviewed 

A blanket ban on wind farms on farm land owned by Cambridgeshire County Council may be reviewed following the unveiling of an energy strategy. 

Wisbech Standard

Cornish village marks 25 years of UK wind power

The UK’s first commercial wind farm in Delabole has produced enough energy to boil 3.4 billion kettles since it began in 1991, when people dismissed the idea. 

The Guardian

Derelict Wednesbury school could be demolished for housing

A former school in Wednesbury that has been derelict for more than three years could be demolished to make way for housing.

Express & Star

Government minister steps in over concerns about development of homes 

A government minister has written to a council leader flagging up concerns about a housing plan for 120 homes on top of 1,150 already planned for the outskirts of Hucknall.

Nottingham Post

Green light for construction of thousands of starter homes

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed 2017 will see the first starter homes being built on brownfield sites across the country.

UK Government

Chelsea FC set for major development all-clear

Chelsea Football Club is set to gain consent for a 60,000-seat football stadium that will see its home at Stamford Bridge extended at the expense of more than 200,000 square feet of commercial development.