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England round-up: Labour to remove council borrowing cap; Politicians optimistic about future of planning

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 24 September-30 September, 2016

Labour to remove council borrowing cap

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced that the party would remove the artificial local borrowing cap so that local authorities could build an extra 12,000 council homes a year.

The Planner

Tees Valley receives £15m in first devolution payment

Northern Powerhouse minister Andrew Percy has announced that Tees Valley has received the first £15 million of funding outlined in the areas devolution deal.

The Planner

185,000 people buy home using Help to Buy

The Help to Buy ISA scheme has helped over 185,000 people onto the housing ladder, according to recent quarterly government statistics.

The Planner

Oxfordshire council rejects unmet housing need advice

While five out of six Oxfordshire councils have agreed to housing allocation suggestions on how to meet Oxford’s housing need, one has rejected its recommended number.

The Planner

Politicians optimistic about future of planning

Attendees at a Labour Party Conference fringe event have heard that planning is the “art of the possible”, despite current problems such as the impact of cuts, changes to the system and a lack of public confidence in planning.

The Planner

House building focus should be in towns and villages – report

Regional towns and councils should get a fairer deal regarding the allocation of housing funds.

The Planner

RTPI to help tackle recruitment problems in East of England

The RTPI and other stakeholders have joined forces to help tackle problems around the recruitment and retention of planners in the East of England.

The Planner

UN Habitat III - A round-up

Habitat III, the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development, will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from October 17-20. Here's a selection of stories about the event and its themes.

The Planner

Help to Buy housing scheme to close this year

Help to Buy has become the latest flagship policy of David Cameron and George Osborne to be dropped by Theresa May's government.

Sky News

Ebbsfleet Garden City masterplan to be unveiled this weekend

Detailed proposals for a community in Ebbsfleet will go on show officially for the first time at Millbrook Garden Centre in Northfleet.

Kent Business

Planning enforcement officers to investigate building of extended play area at Ridgewood

Residents of New Road, Uckfield are concerned that Uckfield Town Council didn’t consult them formally about plans for an adjacent playground, which they argue is "beginning to look like a fairground rather than a recreation ground".

Uckfield News

Ministers consider new supported housing duties

The government is considering imposing new legal duties on councils to provide supported housing, in a bid to safeguard a proposed housing benefit top-up fund.

Inside Housing

Exodus of 30-somethings from London speeds up as property prices soar

The exodus of “30-somethings” from London is accelerating as sky-high property prices and rents force ever more of them to relocate outside the capital, according to a new analysis.

Evening Standard

Unauthorised barn 'essential to farm use' near Gargrave will be demolished

An unauthorised barn built on the site of original 200 year old ruins near Gargrave will have to be demolished after Craven councillors refused to accept it was essential to the farm business.

Craven Herald

Beeston sweet shop to be turned into a micro pub

Beeston could welcome a micro pub to its thriving real ale scene after Broxtowe Borough Council received planning permission to transform a sweet shop for this purpose.

Nottingham Post

Sites in Colnbrook proposed for new local plan blocked pending Heathrow decision

Slough Borough Council has blocked further consideration of nearly half the proposals submitted in its recent Call for Sites – because it has linked the future of the parish to Heathrow regardless of whether or not a third runway is approved.

Colnbrook Views

Labour MPs plan their own Heathrow vote

Labour backbenchers intend to seek control of the party's aviation policy with their own vote on a third runway at Heathrow.

BBC News

Apple to create new London HQ at Battersea Power Station

Apple is to create a spectacular new London headquarters at Battersea Power Station in a massive coup for the developers behind the £9 billion project.

Evening Standard

Planning decision over single house near Walkley Wood in Nailsworth is appealed again

A planning battle over a single house in Nailsworth will be taken to the secretary of state – again.

Stroud News

Council order demolition of 'eye-sore' former pub

A run-down and empty pub which attracted squatters and antisocial behaviour has been flattened after the council told the owner it needed to be removed.

Get West London

Council set to decide whether makeshift chimney has to be pulled down

Planning enforcement officers are set to decide whether a makeshift chimney on Orford Lane has to be pulled down.

Warrington Guardian

Scarborough cinema plans recommended for approval

Planning permission for the multiplex cinema, restaurants and apartments on the former Atlantis Water Park site could be granted this week, with outline permission having been granted in 2015.

Yorkshire Radio Coast