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England round-up: Mayor announces three new housing zones for London, Government urged to listen to wind energy supporters

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 25 July - 31 July, 2015

Mayor announces three new Housing Zones

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, has announced a further three housing zones for London.

The Planner

Contract awarded for Trans-Pennine viability study

Plans for a Trans-Pennine tunnel better connecting Sheffield and Manchester are to undergo a viability test.

The Planner

Government urged to listen to wind energy supporters

A petition signed by over 3,000 people who support small and medium-scale wind generation in the UK has been submitted to four government departments.

The Planner

‘Our solar farm will make us a sustainable ‘green’ town’

Residents are hoping a solar farm will help turn their area into a sustainable community.

Bicester Advertiser

Nottingham tops table for green cities

Nottingham has the lowest carbon emissions of all of England's largest cities, according to new Government figures.

Nottingham Post

Arup wins £60m Bristol rail link design

Arup has been appointed by Network Rail to undertake the outline design for the £60m Phase 1 of the MetroWest project in Bristol.

Construction Enquirer

Housing group censured for breaking promises

In the latest of London's troubled regeneration schemes, Tower Hamlets Labour Group has called for the immediate suspension of one of the borough's preferred housing association partners, One Housing Group (OHG).


Development of Sutton Coldfield green belt looks set to go ahead

After a number of consultations, an amended Birmingham Development Plan and a public enquiry the move to build 5000 new homes on Sutton Coldfield green belt looks set to go ahead.

Sutton Coldfield Local

Olympic sculpture slide: Go-ahead for 'world's biggest' helter-skelter on Orbit Tower

A 178-metre helter-skelter will be built around the Olympic Park's ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture after getting the thumbs-up from planning bosses.

Evening Standard

Mole designs Cambridge's first co-housing

Mole Architects has been appointed to design Cambridge’s first co-housing project. The new community, on a one-hectare council-owned site at Orchard Park, will contain 40 homes of various typologies arranged around a common house and shared garden.


Call to back Big Pit petition bid

Campaigners opposed to the development of a nature spot in Hinckley are calling on townspeople to back their fight and continue to sign a protest petition.

Hinckley Times

Save our pub: Community fighting plans to turn local into Morrisons supermarket

Campaigners have reacted angrily after an independent inspector overturned Dudley Council's decision to refuse the plan for the Seven Stars in Gospel End Road, Sedgley. The decision is a major blow for those trying to save it and comes despite the fact punters managed to secure Asset of Community Value (ACV) status for the pub.

Express and Star

Stanton Ironworks plan for 2,000 homes withdrawn

A long-awaited plan for 2,000 homes on a derelict ironworks has been pulled after a council recommended its refusal.

BBC News

Leeds station ‘needs full revamp’ for HS2

Businesses across Yorkshire have called for a full-scale revamp of Leeds City Station to help cope with the expected increase in passenger numbers and the HS2 scheme.

Yorkshire Evening Post 

House prices now higher than before global crash

House prices in England and Wales have jumped by almost £10,000 over the past year to their highest level on record, according to the Land Registry.

The Times

Greenwich Council approves London City Cruise Port

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has resolved to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of land at Enderby Wharf.