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England round-up: Khan’s transport strategy to be published in ‘coming weeks’; Development partner announced for new Hampshire garden town

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 24 February-2 Manrch, 2018

Khan’s transport strategy to be published in ‘coming weeks’

The Mayor of London has presented his Transport Strategy to the London Assembly as he looks to improve transport across the city.

The Planner

Development partner announced for new Hampshire garden town

Basingstoke and Dean Borough Council and Hampshire County Council has chosen master developer Urban&Civic (partnered with the Wellcome Trust) to deliver their plans for the first phase of development at Manydown.

The Planner

Khan calls in Hounslow development

The Mayor of London has called in a 427-home development on the Citroen Site on Capital Interchange Way, Brentford.

The Planner

£40m coastal fund open for bids

A fund for transforming coastal communities in the UK has opened for a fifth round of applications, coastal communities minister Jake Berry has announced.

The Planner

Chelmsford residents concerned about 120-home development’s impact on traffic

Residents in a Chelmsford village have criticised property developers after they relaunched an application to build more than 100 homes and expand a primary school.

Essex Live

Developer appeals against refused housing plans for Giggleswick

The developer behind refused plans to build a total of 25 new homes at the edge of Giggleswick has appealed to the government’s Planning Inspectorate.

Craven Herald

Transport minister visits the Midlands

The HS2 minister, Nusrat Ghani, has met with apprentices and businesses across the Midlands to ‘see first-hand how they are already benefiting from the jobs, skills and opportunities being delivered by HS2’.

UK Government

Proposals submitted for four-screen cinema in Altrincham

The Everyman cinema chain has submitted a planning application to open a four-screen cinema and bar in Altrincham town centre.

Altrincham Today

Government green-lights first use of autonomous vehicles on UK roads

The first use of fully connected and autonomous vehicles on public roads is set to take place in Oxfordshire, following the announcement of government funding into a trial project.

Mass Transit

Calls for urgency on Mid Devon Local Plan to save villages from speculative development

Urgency is needed to get Mid Devon’s Local Plan adopted to defend the villages across the district from speculative planning applications, Councillor Richard Chesterton has warned.

Devon Live

Merger creates new global law firm

Following a vote by the partnerships of both Bryan Cave LLP and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) LLP the two firms have announced they will merge, officially launching in April 2018.

Berwin Leighton Paisner

Dorset councils merger ‘to go ahead’ says Javid

Plans to scrap Dorset’s nine councils to create two unitary authorities have been approved by local government secretary Sajid Javid.

BBC News

Compulsory purchase process and the Crichel Down Rules

Guidance on compulsory purchase, and the Crichel Down Rules for the disposal of surplus land acquired by or under the threat of compulsion, has been published by the government.

UK Government

Cherwell council approves 4,000 green belt homes 

About 4,000 homes are set to be built on green belt land in Oxfordshire despite 1,500 objections.

BBC News

Multimillion-pound funding secured by housing group

Housing Plus Group in the West Midlands has secured a £15 million funding package from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank.

Insider Media