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England round-up: Manufacturing zones designated in East Midlands; Increased protection for urban trees

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 29 December 2018-4 January 2019

Manufacturing zones designated in East Midlands

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced the four projects that will form the new East Midlands Manufacturing Zones.

The Planner

Increased protection for urban trees 

Plans to ensure that trees in urban areas receive greater protection have been announced by environment secretary Michael Gove.

The Planner

Bids invited for high street fund

High streets minister Jake Berry has called on English towns to bid for a share of the government’s £675 million Future High Streets Fund.

The Planner

Housing experts commended in New Year’s Honours

Professionals working in the housing industry and fighting homelessness have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

The Planner

Go-ahead for 1,900 homes in Ealing

The London Borough of Ealing Council has granted outline planning permission for ongoing regeneration of the borough’s largest housing estate. The application includes 1,950 new homes.

The Planner

Astbury Hall holiday venue could bring 300 jobs

The redevelopment of a golf course near Bridgnorth as a ‘world-class’ leisure venue, could create as many as 330 jobs in the surrounding area according to experts.

Shropshire Star

Fight steps up over future of landmark Horsham pub

A new battle has begun over plans to convert a landmark Horsham pub into a nursery.

West Sussex County Times

Plans lodged for 171 starter homes in Hadleigh

Controversial plans to build 171 starter homes and create 10,000 square feet of employment land in Hadleigh have been lodged.

East Anglican Daily Times

Massive petition against housing in Nuneaton and Bedworth

More than 5,500 voices have called on the council to rethink plans to build 15,000 houses in the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Coventry Live

Concerns raised over planned Bridgnorth venue

A wildlife group says it has concerns over a plan for the £50 million redevelopment of the Astbury Estate, near Bridgnorth, but does welcome a number of parts of the scheme.

Shropshire Star

A30 dialling project to be considered

The future of multimillion-pound plans to get rid of one of Cornwall’s worst bottlenecks by building a new road will be examined by planning authorities this month.

Cornwall Live

Funding to accommodate London’s homeless

Thousands of extra homes will be made available for vulnerable Londoners at risk of becoming homeless, the housing secretary has announced.

UK Government

Inquiry for Grantham relief road lasts a day

The public inquiry for the Grantham relief road took place at Jubilee Church Life Centre in Grantham this week.

Lincolnshire County Council

Homes England supports council deliver pilot MMC scheme

Homes England is encouraging partners to develop and use MMC through a range of initiatives and the provision of development finance. Nuneaton and Bedworth Council has just completed its first modular build, having secured £120,000 worth of funding from Homes England.

UK Government

Yorkshire Water plants first of a million trees to help prevent floods

More than 14,000 trees were planted at Ogden Water last month as part of Yorkshire Water's ‘big goal’ for the environment, which aims to create new green infrastructure.


Brokenshire calls for more cash for councils to deal with no-deal Brexit

In a leaked letter the communities secretary has warned that councils must be given more money to plan for a no-deal Brexit.

Pubic Finance

Concerned residents invited to give feedback on St Clere Estate housing plans

Fresh details about a controversial plan to build hundreds of homes on Kemsing's St Clere estate are set to be revealed this month, with a series of events for residents to be held about the proposals.

Kent Live

New permanent homes for Gypsy and Traveller families

New permanent ‘living pods’ have been built for gypsy and traveller families in Leeds by the city council. The site is Leeds' second permanent dedicated traveller site.

Yorkshire Evening Post