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England round-up: Lords consider Neighbourhood Planning Bil amendments; Dorset councils seek to merge

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up planning news in England: 28 January-3 February, 2017

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Lords approve government changes

A number of amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill have been agreed in the House of Lords, including some ‘minor and technical’ ones suggested by the government.

The Planner

Draft national policy statement for Heathrow expansion published

The government has published a draft Airports National Policy Statement for the expansion of Heathrow Airport, which has gone out to consultation across the UK.

The Planner

Dorset councils seek to merge

Six councils in Dorset have supported plans to change local government structures in the county and merge together.

The Planner

RTPI: Health guidance should stress need to reduce air pollution

Measures to reduce air pollution should be encouraged over those that avoid it, says the RTPI.

The Planner

EU on track to meet renewable energy targets – but UK lags behind 

The European Union is on track to meet its renewable energy targets but the UK is one of only three member states to become more dependent on imported energy in the past decade.

The Guardian

One Public Estate programme signs up 79 more councils

A further 79 councils have joined the Cabinet Office’s flagship housing and public sector partnership programme, meaning 72 per cent of English councils are now signed up.

Inside Housing

9,000 people to be affected by HS2

Almost 9,000 people will be affected by the route of the HS2 rail line through Warrington, according to figures from the company responsible for planning the network. 

Warrington Guardian

Developer proposing to build homes at Last Drop Village

A developer proposing to build homes near a luxury hotel in Bromley Cross, Bolton, has allocated well over half for over-55s, starter homes and socially rented bungalows.

The Bolton News

Council and residents develop neighbourhood plan

Wigan Council and residents have pledged to work together to develop a neighbourhood plan for Leigh after the first proposal was withdrawn.

Wigan Today

Plans for new homes near city centre get go-ahead

New homes are set to be built on the edge of Durham city centre after planning permission was granted.

Sunderland Echo

30 projects currently funded by the EU in Cornwall

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme is encouraging the business community in Cornwall not to be scared of Brexit but to continue to apply for EU funding as Britain remains a fully fledged member of the European Union.

Cornwall Live

Cornwall air pollution: Residents ‘could be moved’

Residents in pollution hotspots could be relocated under new clean air proposals.

BBC News

Archaeologists dig up site ahead of work on Coventry’s tallest building

Part of a city centre car park has been closed as initial work begins on the construction of Coventry’s tallest building.

Coventry Telegraph

Mansfield’s Leeming Street to get Victorian makeover

Nearly £1 million is being given to a town to restore a “messy” street to how it looked in the early 20th century.

BBC News

Plans go in for warehouses in Desborough 

Plans have been submitted for shoe firms and printing warehouses on the edge of Desborough, Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Bath development a ‘significant concern’ for World Heritage status

Council-led plans for a development of homes, shops and offices in Bath could cause “significant harm” to the city, according to a public body.

BBC News

Go-ahead for 97 new homes in Shaftesbury

A further 97 homes on the Persimmon development east of Shaftesbury have been approved by North Dorset District Council, bringing the total of new homes approved in the area to nearly 770.

Blackmore Vale Magazine

Plan revealed for 670 new homes in Burnham and Highbridge area

Plans for hundreds of new homes in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area have been unveiled in a new council document published this week.