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England round-up: Labour launches home ownership review; plans submitted for Brixton regeneration

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 26 September-2 October, 2015

Labour launches home ownership review

Labour shadow housing and planning minister John Healey has instigated an independent review into home ownership.

The Planner

Plans submitted for Brixton regeneration

A planning application has been submitted for the £100 million community-led regeneration of Somerleyton Road, Brixton.

The Planner 

Solar farm applications almost double after cuts announcement

Planning applications for solar farms have increased after the government announced it was consulting on plans to end subsidy schemes for solar farms, says new data.

The Planner 

1 in 5 office-to-residential conversions blocked in England

One in five of around 5,000 applications to converts offices into flats across England was blocked by councils, according to new research.

The Planner 

RTPI past president Professor Graham Ashworth dies

Professor Graham Ashworth, a past president of the RTPI, died on September 18, at the age of 80.

The Planner

160-homes plan for Kegworth turned down

Plans for a 160-home development in Kegworth have been thrown out by council officers. Persimmon Homes North Midlands wanted to build the properties on green field, low-grade agricultural land off Ashby Road, close to the M1 and A453.

Loughborough Echo 

Solar farm in Wymeswold approved

Almost 10,500 solar panels are to be installed in Wymeswold after councillors gave plans the green light.

Loughborough Echo 

PM promises ‘greener growth’

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced extra funding towards battling climate change while also urging fellow world leaders to follow suit and secure an “ambitious” global climate change deal in Paris later this year.

Re News 

Anger as plans for new homes are revisited

Furious residents have accused the council of failing to inform enough people about a controversial planning application for 36 homes.

Bexhill Observer 

New home levels continue to rise despite August dip, reports NHBC

House building activity in the UK this year is set to top levels seen in 2014, according to new figures released by the NHBC.


Government figures reveal councils in danger of losing planning powers

The UK government has released figures on the performance of local planning authorities in England, revealing that eight councils dealing with district planning risk losing planning powers for underperformance.


Our green belt land is being turned brick red, say campaigners

Plans to build homes on rural sites are cropping up almost every week, ranging from huge housing estates to just a handful of properties.

Express and Star 

Jaywick and Middlesbrough most deprived areas in England

A seaside village in Essex is the most deprived neighbourhood in England, government figures show.

BBC News 

Network Rail to restart electrification of train lines

The electrification of two railway lines is to be restarted after the projects were halted so a review could be carried out, says the government.

BBC News

Renovations planned at listed Belford pub

Plans aimed at breathing new life into the historic Black Swan pub in Belford have been lodged with Northumberland County Council.

Northumberland Gazette 

‘Fracking capital’ visit concerns confirm need for tight regulations

An MP is set to present shale gas industry advocate David Cameron with findings from a visit to a US state dubbed the world’s fracking capital.

Northern Echo

Somerset A303 and A358 widening ‘not starting until 2020’

Widening of the A303 and A358 routes in Somerset will not take place until at least 2020, says Highways England.

BBC News