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England round-up: Local plan delivery too slow, London Land Commission ‘offers chance to address housing shortage’

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 28 March-3 April, 2015

Local plan delivery is too slow and too incomplete

Poorly functioning local plans stop the delivery of 200,000 homes each year, suggests a new report.

The Planner 

London Land Commission a ‘21st century Domesday Book for housing delivery’

The London Land Commission has “created a tremendous opportunity to make real inroads into London’s housing shortfall”, according to a report.

The Planner

New £5.5m M56 Thorley Lane bridge opens

A new £5.5m bridge over the M56 linking Davenport Green to Manchester Airport has opened.

BBC News

Hartlepool Headland sea defence project begins

A £9.6 million, five-year building project to strengthen Hartlepool Headland’s sea defences against erosion has begun.

BBC News

Yorkshire First's call for devolution

The leader of Yorkshire First has called for “tried-and-tested, first-rate devolution” for the county.

BBC News 

Which is London's busiest Tube line?

City Metric looks at the figures to see which Tube line in London is the busiest and why passenger numbers on some lines are growing quicker than others.

City Metric

Planning inspector dismisses protests and gives wind turbines green light on appeal

Protests against plans for a new wind farm in Lincolnshire have been dismissed by a planning inspector, who claimed that public concern was not as great as had been claimed.

Lincolnshire Echo

Council spend £140k on ‘Berlin Wall-style’ fence around housing estate

Southwark Council spent £140,000 building a massive ‘Berlin Wall-style’ metal-spiked fence around a housing estate in South London.

Evening Standard

Plans for Dearne Valley business park approved

Plans to open up a business park and housing development have been approved by councillors in South Yorkshire.

BBC News

Tenants hit by £50m rent rise as social housing converts to ‘affordable’ homes

London’s poorest households have been hit by a £50 million rent hike as housing associations quietly switch thousands of tenancies to higher rates to make up a shortfall in government funding.

The Guardian

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2015 shortlist announced

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has announced the shortlist for its Awards for Planning Excellence 2015.

The Planner