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England round-up: May commits £2bn extra to affordable housing; Builders pledge to recruit and train workforce

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planningn news in England: 30 September-6 October, 2017

May commits £2bn extra to affordable housing

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the government will spend an additional £2 billion on affordable housing, as she commits to renewing the British dream of owning a home.

The Planner

Reaction to prime minister’s affordable housing cash boost

Industry professionals have broadly welcomed the £2 billion announced by Prime Minister Theresa May to go towards delivering more affordable housing, but this has to be just the start.

The Planner

Builders pledge to recruit and train workforce

A Skills Pledge has been launched by the Home Building Skills Partnership to recruit and train more people to tackle the continuing skills shortage.

The Planner

Garden towns get cash boost

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced a £2.5 million cash injection in an attempt to speed up the delivery of more than 155,000 new homes in proposed garden towns across England.

The Planner

RTPI holds events at Tory and Labour party conferences

Politicians and stakeholders have heard how planning is delivering homes, ‘levelling the housing playing field’, and creating great places to live at the RTPI’s fringe events at the Conservative and Labour party conferences.

The Planner

2018 RTPI vice-president announced

The RTPI has announced that Ian Tant MRTPI has been elected as the institute’s 2018 vice-president.

The Planner

President praises creative regeneration in the north-east of England

On a recent two-day visit RTPI President Stephen Wilkinson saw at first hand a mix of examples – from town centre regeneration to reuse of heritage assets – that showed the continued emergence of the North-East as a place for planning excellence.


Council defends decision on barn enforcement

Charnwood Borough Council has defended its decision to take enforcement action against a man who converted a barn into a home without planning permission.

Loughborough Echo

Go-ahead for chapel transformation into graduation venue

Permission has been granted for Nottingham Trent University to convert a former chapel into a university hall for graduation ceremonies and performances.

Nottingham Trent University

Dong Energy changes company name

Dong Energy has announced plans to change its name to Orsted as the company shifts its focus to renewable energy.

City AM

Stevenage MP launches attack on 600-home plans

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland has written an open letter throwing his weight behind mounting opposition to the proposed Gresley Park housing development to the east of Stevenage.

The Comet

Clark announces founding partners of £65m battery technology research institute

Business secretary Greg Clark has announced the universities that will lead pioneering research into the next generation of battery technology.

UK Government

Plans in for £350m Leeds scheme

The developer behind the Kirkstall Forge Scheme in Leeds has unveiled plans for a £350 million joint office, retail and residential development around what would be the tallest building in Yorkshire.

Construction Enquirer

£10m funding bid for bypass to end congestion in Axminster 

East Devon District Council has submitted a funding bid for the long-awaited North/South bypass for Axminster that will end the congestion chaos in the town centre.

Devon Live

Transport secretary opens new rail academy

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has opened a new rail academy in the north-west of England, which is due to train 500 apprentices over the next five years.

Global Railway Review

Car repair man fined for breaches

Farnham resident Michael Robinson has been fined £5,000 for continually breaching Waverley Borough Council planning enforcement notices.

Farnham Herald

Margaret Conway wins UK-wide construction award

The woman who took charge of building Belfast City Council's new headquarters has won a prestigious UK-wide award for her role in the construction project.

BBC News

East Midlands outlines plans to ‘put HS2 site to good use’

A new strategy has been released, outlining how HS2 will add thousands of jobs and billions of pounds to the East Midlands economy.

Rail Technology Magazine

Shawbury A53 homes plan is approved

Fifty homes and a new roundabout on the A53 in Shawbury been granted permission by Shropshire Council.

Shropshire Star