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England round-up: Lewis launches local plan panel; Shale should be bridge to low-carbon future

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 12 September-18 September, 2015

Lewis launches local plan panel to speed up development

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has set up a panel to help “streamline” the local plan-making process.

The Planner

Shale should be bridge to low-carbon future

The Task Force on Shale Gas is calling on the government to use revenues from the shale gas industry to fund the generation, storage and distribution of renewables and low-carbon energy.

The Planner

Residents to be consulted on brownfield sites development

Telford & Wrekin Council is to consult residents on what they feel should be built on three brownfield sites for which it has secured funding to make ready for development.


Better use of brownfield sites could help to deliver an extra 1.4m homes for Londoners

An extra 1.4 million new homes could be built across London by making better use of brownfield land, reveals research from London First and property adviser Savills.

City AM 

Croydon embarks on 20-year development plan

A new 20-year development vision in Croydon will aim to meet housing need and make the borough’s neighbourhoods “great places to live”.


Villagers braced for second battle over Great Wyrley green belt homes

Controversial plans to build more than 130 homes on green belt land in Great Wyrley are back on the table – less than two years after 4,000 residents signed a petition opposing the development in the south Staffordshire village.

Express & Star

Housing delivery being slowed down at local authority level, claims Redrow

House builder Redrow says in its annual operating review that the delivery of homes is being slowed down at local authority level.


Ed Davey to advise law firm on renewable energy projects

Ed Davey, the former energy secretary, is to start private work today for City lawyers connected with both Hinkley Point C nuclear plant and the Swansea Bay lagoon.

The Guardian 

Wendy house must be pulled down after parents refused planning permission

A young boy’s Wendy house must be pulled down after the local council refused his parents planning permission.


New wave of fracking licences threatens hundreds of key English wildlife sites

Hundreds more of England’s most important wildlife sites are now at risk from fracking after the government opened up 1,000 square miles of land to the controversial technology, a new analysis has found.

The Guardian 

Architect behind London's controversial Walkie Talkie building plans amazing rooftop park the size of 23 football pitches

A building in London dubbed the ‘Walkie Talkie’ became world-famous after reflecting enough heat to fry an egg on the street below. Now the architect behind this controversial structure has announced his next sizzling idea - an astonishing rooftop park the size of 23 football fields.

The Mirror 

Government decisively rejects Lincolnshire wind farm proposals

The Lincolnite reports that a proposed wind farm at Hemswell Cliff north of Lincoln has been dismissed by central government. The final decision was made by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark, who examined the scheme for eight wind turbines.

blue&green tomorrow

Rutland County Council planning error costs nearly £2m

Rutland County Council has approved a settlement with a developer after a planning error cost it almost £2 million.

BBC News