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England round-up: London Mayor launches review of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation; London third-best global city for green buildings

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 18 June-24 June, 2016

Referendum result: Not clear what effect will be on planning-related EU law – RTPI

The UK has voted to leave the European Union, but the RTPI says despite the result the planning profession will continue to be international in its outlook.

The Planner

Midland Metro extension approved for Wolverhampton

The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, has approved the Midland Metro (Wolverhampton City Centre Extension) Order, allowing developer Centro to construct, operate and maintain an extension to the tramway system between Bilston Street and Wolverhampton railway station. 

The Planner

London Mayor launches review of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a formal review of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), aiming to ensure that Londoners “reap the maximum benefits” from the regeneration project in the west of the capital.

The Planner

Office building returns to pre-recession levels – research

Office construction in the UK has reached a post-recession peak, according to latest research.

The Planner

London third-best global city for green buildings

Paris, Singapore and London are the top three performing cities in the world for their integration of green buildings in the city, according to a recent white paper.

The Planner

Khan refuses Bromley development in favour of green belt protection

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has refused planning permission for a development in the green belt in Bromley, South London.

The Planner

Details emerge about controversial Priory housing

Fresh details have emerged about Redrow’s controversial proposals to build up to 160 homes on green space next to the grade II*-listed Allerton Priory in south Liverpool.

Insider Media

Couple who extended their Cambridgeshire home without permission given 12 months to tear down work

A couple who built a large extension at their Cambridgeshire home without planning permission have been ordered to tear it down.

Ely News 

First day for WMCA

The order officially creating the West Midlands Combined Authority came into force week.

Birmingham Newsroom 

York new homes target lowered to ‘protect heritage’

Thousands fewer new homes than previously forecast will be built in York over the next 15 years if a new revised planning blueprint for the city is agreed.

Yorkshire Post

Businesses take case for Gatwick expansion to No 10

Business leaders from 36 organisations in the South-East are taking a letter to 10 Downing Street arguing the case for expansion at Gatwick Airport.

BBC News

More delays to development plan for Nuneaton and Bedworth

Yet more delays have hit the creation of the masterplan for all future development across Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Nuneaton News 

Council to look at key sites for development to regenerate Wellingborough town centre

A working group could be set up to identify potential sites for development that could help regenerate a town centre.

Northamptonshire Telegraph 

New company to help meet housing needs

Thousands of people could be helped onto the property ladder in Liverpool.


Crossrail upgrades to try and regenerate Ilford station

Ilford station could have a modern glass front and two new entrances installed under Crossrail regeneration work.

Ilford Recorder 

First-time buyers in Elmbridge faced with most expensive starter homes outside London

Esher and Walton have the most expensive starter homes outside of London, meaning first-time buyers in the area are being priced out of the government’s Help to Buy ISA scheme.

Your Local Guardian 

Controversial housing scheme recommended for approval

Controversial plans for the construction of more than 120 homes on land in the Ludwell Valley Park in Exeter are recommended for approval, despite more than 360 objections.

Insider Media Limited