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England round-up: Javid retreats on Aylesbury estate order; Barking enforcement officers praised as rogue landlord faces huge payout

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A round-up of planning news in England: 21 April-28 April, 2017

Khan pulls plug on-garden-bridge

London mayor Sadiq Khan has effectively scrapped the highly controversial Garden Bridge across the Thames.

Khan said he would not provide financial guarantees for building the bridge, citing continuing a £70 million shortfall in funding and a lack of land use agreements for the scheme, which had been championed by the actress Joanna Lumley.

Planning permission for the bridge, from Temple on the north side of the Thames to the South Bank, is due to expire in December.

The bridge was backed by previous mayor Boris Johnson and former chancellor George Osborne, who committed £60 million of public funding to the project with the balance to be raised from private and corporate donations.

Khan had commissioned Labour MP and former public accounts committee chair Margaret Hodge to review whether the scheme was value for money. She recommended scrapping it earlier this month to stop wasting any more public money.

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Barking enforcement officers praised as rogue landlord faces huge payout

Planning enforcement officers at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham have been praised for their role in successfully prosecuting a rogue landlord and securing a massive fine.

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Javid retreats on Aylesbury estate order

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has overturned his previous decision not to grant a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for the regeneration of Southwark’s Aylesbury estate.

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Police protection for fracking site risks fight against crime

The government has rejected a plea by Lancashire Constabulary to cover the huge cost of protecting a fracking site, prompting claims that this will undermine the fight against crime.

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Clarion calls for massive regeneration investment in Merton

The UK’s largest social landlord has unveiled a £1 billion investment and development programme on housing estates in South London.

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Reading approves Royal Elm Park development

The £500 million Royal Elm Park landmark development has been approved by Reading Borough Council.

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New mayor faces call to tackle West of England housing crisis

Social landlords and homebuilders have joined forces to call on the West of England’s first mayor to commit to tackling the region’s housing crisis.

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Battersea developers to delay affordable homes delivery

Rising construction and labour costs are forcing the developer behind London’s Battersea Power Station (BPS) to delay some affordable homes on the landmark scheme.

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Application unveiled for 4,500-home urban extension to Corby

An outline application has been submitted for a 4,500-home urban extension near Corby.

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