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England round-up: Local services, environment and social housing should top Spending Round; Shared home ownership to be reviewed

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 24 August-30 August, 2019

Local services, environment and social housing should top Spending Round

Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced that the fast-tracked Spending Round will take place next week on Wednesday 4 September. We asked you what the priorities should be.

The Planner

One year on: The revised NPPF

Updates to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) were published in July last year. One year on, how are the changes bedding in – and are they making a difference?

The Planner

HS2 to be reviewed by Northern leaders

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership has announced its plans to review HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, which aim to inform the appraisal being conducted by Douglas Oakervee into the infrastructure project.

The Planner

Shared home ownership to be reviewed

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that the government will review a new national model for shared ownership to make it easier for people to buy more of their own home.

The Planner

Fifty more towns to receive funding

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that an additional 50 towns will benefit from the £1 billion Future High Streets Fund.

The Planner

Construction values rose in July

Construction contracts worth £5.1 billion were awarded in July 2019 – an increase of 1.8 per cent on June, according to construction industry analyst Barbour ABI.

The Planner

Hackney Council trials glyphosate-free area

Hackney Council is trialling a glyphosate-free area to promote biodiversity, increase green infrastructure, and see if abandoning the use of the herbicide means it can continue high standards of street maintenance. 

Pro Landscaper

£42m government request to transform A511

Leicestershire County Council’s A511 Coalville Growth Corridor plans have been included in a priority list for government funding by Sub-national Transport Body Midlands Connect, along with a request for £42 million to deliver it.

Leicestershire County Council

Residents to have their say on Wyre Forest District Council’s local plan

Wyre Forest District Council has re-opened the local plan pre-submission consultation to give people another chance to have their say.

Hereford Times

HS2 is ‘pivotal’ to the Midlands economy

Senior Solihull councillors have reiterated the importance of HS2, amid renewed speculation that the multibillion-pound rail link could yet be cancelled.

Birmingham Live

Fresh bid to build 170 news homes after 10-year delay

Plans to develop 170 homes in Hadleigh, which have been in the pipeline for more than a decade, look set to progress after revised proposals were put forward.

East Anglian Daily Times

Flats for the homeless to be built in Worcester listed building

A plan to convert a city centre listed building into 25 flats for the homeless has been enthusiastically backed by Worcester City Council.

Hereford Times

Developer wants to build 540 homes on Cornish moorland

Wainhomes wants to build 540 homes on a moorland in Cornwall. The housing provider is hoping for the development to be built on Halgavor Moor to the south of Bodmin.

Cornwall Live

Government announces £300m to accelerate greener travel 

Up to £300 million of investment has been announced for the development of cleaner and greener forms of transport in Britain, including electric passenger planes, flying urban taxis and freight-carrying drones.

Energy Live News

Plans for West Bridgford retirement complex refused by council

Plans for Churchill Retirement Living's retirement complex at the former Sandicliffe Motors site on Loughborough Road have been refused.

West Bridgford Wire

Demolition order issued over house built near Telford

Telford & Wrekin Council has issued a planning enforcement notice regarding a building built on land adjoining Ercall Mill Bridge, High Ercall. 

Shropshire Star