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04/09/2015

England round-up: LGA identifies planning cost pressures; devolution deal backed by West Yorkshire council leaders

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 29 August-4 September, 2015

LGA identifies planning cost pressures ahead of spending review

Local councils could lose £3 billion over the course of the Parliament by exempting house builders from Section 106 agreements and Community Infrastructure Levy payments for starter homes, says the Local Government Association.

The Planner

City studies awarded £3m in funding

Funding has been awarded for four new studies aimed at ensuring that cities are better understood.

The Planner 

Devolution deal supported by West Yorkshire council leaders

West Yorkshire council leaders support the Leeds City Region as the preferred area for a devolution deal.

The Planner

Appeal: Inspector approves King’s Lynn housing development 

A planning inspector has granted permission for the construction of up to 81 dwellings in King’s Lynn, after a Norfolk council failed to reach a decision on the application before the deadline. 

The Planner

Appeal: Permission granted for 140 new Bedfordshire homes 

The rejection of a 140-home settlement by Central Bedfordshire Council has been overturned by a planning inspector.

The Planner 

Appeal: 180 new homes approved for Suffolk village

A planning inspector has approved the development of up to 180 dwellings in the village of Melton, against the decision of Suffolk Coastal District Council.

The Planner

Hinkley Point nuclear plant delayed, says EDF

EDF has admitted that the construction of Britain’s first new nuclear power plant in decades has been delayed.

BBC News 

Brandon Lewis to give evidence on planning and productivity

The Committee for Communities and Local Government will be holding an oral evidence inquiry into Productivity and Planning on Monday, 7 September. Housing minister Brandon Lewis will be questioned by the committee on the planning proposals announced in the government’s Productivity Plan.

UK Parliament

Planning charges do not take into account higher build costs of smaller housing sites, report finds

A report commissioned by the Federation of Small Businesses has found that the planning charges set by some English councils do not take into account the increased costs of building smaller housing developments.

Out-Law.com

Salford Council admits housing waiting list applicants have no chance of being rehoused

Salford Council is aiming to kick around 7,000 people off its housing waiting list under a new allocations policy that will also see children housed in tower blocks and penalties for refusing available properties.

Salford Star

Economic growth will not be the answer to the UK’s housing crisis

The UK enjoyed the fastest economic growth in the developed world in 2014 at 3 per cent. There are signs that lower levels of business investment are beginning to recover and the forecasts are for economic growth of around 2.5 per cent this year and next. But this will be fuelled mainly by higher household spending. High employment levels, a combination of near-zero inflation and accelerating wage growth will help consumer confidence and the willingness to reduce savings and increase borrowings.

The Guardian 

Planning permission granted for England’s largest onshore wind farm

Plans to expand Scout Moor onshore wind farm in Lancashire have been given the green light by the local council.

edie.net

Northern England ‘needs £50bn investment’ to close gap with South

Analysis by the think tank IPPR North and accountancy firm KPMG says the government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ project would only be a success if it was backed with significant extra cash.

Politics Homes

Plans approved for 72 homes in village

Planning approval for 72 homes in Weston-under-Penyard has been granted, which objectors say would increase the size of the village by 50 per cent.

Hereford Times 

Plans lodged for 1,600 solar panel farm near Shrewsbury

Plans have been submitted for a solar farm to be sited in a village near Shrewsbury. The 1,600 photo-voltaic panels would be built at Hazel Hollow in Stapleton.

Shropshire Star

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