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17/10/2014

England round-up: Lyons Review, 20,000 solar panel farm, 5,750 homes approved in Kent

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 10 October-17 October, 2014

Labour commits to building 200,000 homes a year

Labour leader Ed Miliband has unveiled plans in the Lyons Report to give priority to first-time buyers and to build where families want to live.

The Planner 

Swanage to Wareham rail reconnection works begin

Work to reconnect a Dorset heritage railway with the mainline network has begun. It will allow passenger services to run for the first time in four decades.

BBC News 

Work on park and rides between Reading and Wokingham starts

Work starts later this month to build two park-and-ride sites between Reading and Wokingham.

BBC News  

Just four Liverpool bus lanes to survive after council review

City leaders look set to propose scrapping nearly all of  Liverpool’s bus lanes.

Liverpool Echo 

Train service cut ‘not surprising’

Stratford will never generate the demand for more direct train services to London, it has been claimed.

Stratford Herald

Ilkeston railway station: Flooding concerns cause second delay

Work to build a new railway station in Derbyshire has been delayed for a second time.

BBC News 

Northampton University campus plans unveiled

Plans for a £330 million university campus for Northampton have been put on display before a detailed application is presented to the borough council.

BBC News 

Plan for 300 homes on edge of Shrewsbury approved

Plans for nearly 300 homes, a hotel and a restaurant on the outskirts of Shrewsbury have been approved.

Shropshire Star

Solar panel farm scheme backed for approval

Plans for more than 20,000 solar panels to be installed on a farm in north Shropshire have been recommended for approval ahead of the final decision by county planners next week.

Shropshire Star 

Taunton 'high-quality' business park plan

Ambitions to create 4,000 jobs on a "high-quality" business park in Taunton have been unveiled by Taunton Deane Borough Council.

BBC News

Chilmington Green plans for 5,750 homes approved

A plan to build up to 5,750 houses on farmland in Kent has been approved.

Opponents of the Chilmington Green scheme gathered a petition of more than 8,000 names, but the proposals were passed by Ashford councillors.

BBC News 

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