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18/05/2018

England round-up: Khan launches ‘modern comeback for council housing’; £50m of government cash to ease congestion in Melton Mowbray

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 12 May-18 May, 2018

Khan launches ‘modern comeback for council housing’

The Mayor of London has introduced a programme that aims to get 10,000 new council homes under way over the next four years.

The Planner

Social enterprise scheme places planners in local government

The first group of planners taking part in a pioneering programme to boost the capacity of planning departments has been selected.

The Planner

Climate change guide for planners launched

The RTPI and the Town and Country Planning Association have produced a guide to help planners and politicians tackle climate change through the strategic use of policy and legislation.

The Planner

£50m of government cash to ease congestion in Melton Mowbray

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced that £49.5 million of government funding will go towards a scheme to build a 7-kilometre single carriageway road around the centre of Melton Mowbray to ease congestion.

The Planner

SOYO scheme in Leeds receives green light 

Planning permission has been granted for the first phase of the £300 million 'SOYO' mixed-use scheme in Leeds named New York Square.

The Planner

British Land and Southwark Council set to develop Canada Water

Southwark Council has entered into a master development agreement with British Land to deliver 3,000 new homes to Canada Water, 35 per cent of which would be affordable. 

The Planner

We Made That appointed masterplanner for Park Royal Centre 

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation has chosen architecture and urbanism practice We Made That as masterplanner for Park Royal Centre. 

The Planner

Hackitt announces new authority to hold landlords and managers to account

Landlords and building managers will be held accountable by a new ‘joint competent authority’ that will oversee safety within multi-occupancy higher-risk residential buildings, according to the final report by Dame Judith Hackitt’s review.

FM World

Theresa May pledges £400m to remove Grenfell-style cladding 

Theresa May has committed the government to spending about £400 million to pay for councils and housing associations to replace potentially dangerous cladding from high-rise tower blocks.

The Guardian

Crossrail needs £500m bailout by taxpayer, Chris Grayling to tell MPs

An estimated £500 million bailout of the Crossrail train line is expected to be announced within weeks, to prevent work on the colossal infrastructure project from grinding to a halt, The Sunday Times has said.

The Sunday Times

Planning Inspectorate outlines ‘concerns’ with Manston airport DCO submission

The Planning Inspectorate has revealed why a Development Consent Order (DCO) submission for the Manston airport site was withdrawn – citing a number of ‘concerns’.

The Isle of Thanet News

Councillors approve major plans to extend Chesham Grammar school 

Major plans to extend Chesham Grammar School were given the green light by councillors at Buckinghamshire County Council after a three-minute discussion.

Bucks Free Press

Grants for peatlands restoration

The government has announced an injection of £10 million that aims to help restore more than 10,000 football pitches-worth of England’s iconic peatlands.

UK Government

Developer plans £500,000 Retford housing scheme

Planning permission to build three, three-bedroom homes on the land on Carr Road, Retford, has been granted to Rockliffe Homes, with building work expected to start over the summer.

The Business Desk

MP calls for tougher action on traveller encampments

Warrington North MP Helen Jones has called for tougher action on unauthorised traveller encampments after raising concerns over ‘often prolonged’ enforcement measures.

Warrington Guardian

First national park plan ready for government review 

The first local plan to cover the entire South Downs National Park has been submitted to the government.

Petersfield Herald

Copeland Council celebrates planning success

Copeland Council has one of the best performing planning departments in the country, according to end-of-year figures.

Cumbria Crack

Crewe station needs altering for HS2, says council

Crewe railway station ‘is unlikely to be able to accommodate’ thousands of extra HS2 passengers unless major changes are made, council officials have warned.

BBC News

Green light for key Wantage infrastructure

Planning consent has been granted by Vale of White Horse District Council for two major infrastructure­­­­­ applications, while the development brief for the Neighbourhood Community Hub at St Modwen's­ 1,500-home development at Kingsgrove, Wantage has also been approved.

Insider Media

Community claims planning system ‘run by developers’

A community says it is losing its faith in the planning system after a row over six new homes on the Suffolk/Essex border.

ITV News

Minister visits Thames Tideway Tunnel

Minister for London Jo Johnson visited the Thames Tideway Tunnel this week, as engineering teams get ready to start tunnelling work on the £4.2 billion sewage system.

UK Government

Redbourn ‘targeted’ for more homes in local plan

Redbourn village faces the prospect of nearly doubling in size as part of the new St Albans Local Plan.

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