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England round-up: Khan urges PM to make air capacity expansion decision; Plans submitted to build up to 1,500 new homes in Melton

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 6 August-12 August, 2016

Khan urges PM to make air capacity expansion decision

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to make a “swift” decision on airport expansion in the South-East.

The Planner 

RTPI award winner shortlisted for Construction Industry Council award

Hadleigh Park Olympic Mountain Bike Legacy Project has been shortlisted for the Construction Industry Council’s (CIC) Inclusive Environment Award 2016.


Coventry councillor’s eateries breach planning rules

A Coventry councillor and businessman owns eateries in the city that are operating without planning permission, according to the Coventry Observer.

Coventry Observer 

Green light given to 78-bed Travelodge in Dudley town centre

A hotel will be built in a Black Country town next to its main attraction after plans were approved by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s planning committee.

Express and Star

Derbyshire County Council challenges Chesterfield-Sheffield link-up

A proposal to allow a new Sheffield regional mayor to oversee some services in a nearby Derbyshire town is being opposed by the county council.

BBC News 

Tyneside railway believed to be among world’s earliest receives £75,000 funding boost

A section of historic wooden railway unearthed on the banks of the Tyne is to be safeguarded and studied, thanks to a £75,000 award.

Chronicle Live 

£2m to improve roads using new technology

A £2 million fund to allow councils to capitalise on emerging technologies and deliver better journeys for motorists has been launched by the Department for Transport.

UK Government

Compromise deal hope in Sheffield beer garden row

Council enforcement action against a popular Sheffield pub over its beer garden has been put on hold for six weeks to try to reach a compromise.

The Star

Plans submitted to build up to 1,500 new homes in Melton

Plans to build up to 1,500 homes to the south of Melton, as well as delivering key sections of a southern link road for the town, have been submitted for approval.

Melton Times 

Council pension funds must be used to pay for local housing development, says RIBA

Councils should create ‘local housing development funds’ – initially using money from local authority pension funds and then attracting secondary institutional investment – to help tackle the housing crisis, says the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Public Sector Executive 

Work on Reading FC training ground stalls

Building for a new training ground for Reading FC, which was approved last year, has not broken ground yet, according to one of the club's owners.

BBC News

HS2: Ed Miliband has change of heart over £55 billion line

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband is now opposing HS2 after a change to the proposed route moved the £55 billion line through a housing estate in his constituency.

Express & Star 

RenewableUK appoints new executive director

RenewableUK has appointed Emma Pinchbeck as its new executive director, with responsibility for leading the organisation’s vital policy and communication work. She will take up this new post in mid-November.


Scrap Blue House and Haddricks Mill plans for ‘Dutch-style’ system prioritising bikes, say cyclists

A cycling lobby group  in Newcastle that roundly rejected proposals for a radical change to two city roundabouts has come up with its own plan for a “green travel corridor”.

Chronicle Live

Planning application for 34 homes at Jordan’s Nursery

An application has been submitted for planning permission to build 34 homes on the site of Jordan’s Nursery on Blackness Road in Crowborough.

Crowborough Life 

China warns of ‘crucial juncture’ over Hinkley delay

Failing to go ahead with the Hinkley Point nuclear project could threaten China's relationship with Britain, its ambassador to the UK has warned.

BBC News

Planning application for LTFC submitted

Luton Borough Council has received a planning application submitted by 2020 Developments Ltd on behalf of Luton Town Football Club regarding the site at Power Court.

Luton Borough Council