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England round-up: LGA launches housing commission; Bristol unveils green city toolkit

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 28 November-4 December, 2015

LGA launches housing commission

The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a Housing Commission to explore “new routes” to house building so that councils can enable the building of more “desperately needed” homes.

The Planner 

Bristol unveils green city toolkit

Bristol has unveiled a toolkit at COP21, the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference, which aims to help cities around the world “go green” by sharing its experience and knowledge about sustainability.

The Planner

First UK rent-to-buy scheme agreed

An agreement has been reached that will see the UK’s first affordable rent-to-buy houses built in Plymouth.

The Planner

Urban planning is a key driver of China’s growth, says study

The RTPI says China’s success in using planning to grow and develop the economy should send a strong signal to UK politicians and the public.

The Planner 

Fresh fight against 100 homes looming just months after council bosses threw out plans

More than 300 villagers took to the streets to visibly oppose the bid for 94 homes at Stowe Lane in Hixon, Stafford.

Express and Star

Kirkstall Neighbourhood Forum to compile local plan

A new group of Kirkstall residents, businesses and local councillors has successfully applied to the council for designation as a neighbourhood forum.

West Leeds Dispatch 

Chelsea submit planning application for new 60,000 capacity stadium at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have submitted a planning application to Hammersmith and Fulham Council for a new 60,000-capacity stadium at Stamford Bridge.

City AM 

Fury at Fylde Government fracking takeover

Fylde anti-fracking campaigners have reacted furiously at the government’s decision to take over a planning appeal on two key shale gas sites.

Blackpool Gazette

Coventry faces housing crisis as population growth outstrips home building by four to one

Coventry is on the verge of a housing crisis according to new government figures. The numbers show that the population of Coventry has risen four times faster than the rate of new housing over the last decade.

Coventry Telegraph

HS2 payouts for housing are allowed

Hundreds of homeowners in Staffordshire can now ask the government to buy their homes or claim compensation after the route for HS2 through the county was rubber-stamped.

Express and Star

House builder presents vision for privately financed ‘garden villages’

Barratt has published a report that says developments of between 500 and 5,000 homes would be particularly important in meeting the UK’s need for housing.


Planning to complete Isle of Wight coastal path to begin in 2017

Ramblers are celebrating the government’s confirmation that funding to complete the England Coast Path by 2020 will be protected, despite recently announced reductions to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ budget.

On the Wight

Bristol’s affordable housing failure revealed

Two-thirds of large developments approved by the city council in Bristol fall short of the authority’s own affordable housing targets.

Bristol 24/7 

Cutting Red Tape review will give construction industry the foundations to get Britain building

The Cutting Red Tape review will give house builders their say on ineffective rules and heavy-handed enforcement that stop them building homes, says the government.

UK Government

The New Enterprise Zones

The government has announced 18 new Enterprise Zones and has extended eight zones.

UK Government