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24/03/2016

England round-up: Mayor of London publishes planning guidance to protect commercial heartland; Planning policy changes ‘need to be monitored’ – RTPI

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 19 March - 25 March, 2016

Mayor of London publishes planning guidance to protect commercial heartland

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has published new planning guidance aimed at protecting London’s “vibrant commercial heartland” to ensure that it can remain a “key driver” of the UK economy.

The Planner

Planning policy changes ‘need to be monitored’ – RTPI

An RTPI report warns the government that it needs to monitor the “effectiveness of changes” to national planning policy to ensure that homes are built in the right places.

The Planner

New partnership aims to tackle skills shortage

The Construction Industry Training Board and the Home Builders Federation have together launched a £2.7 million initiative to train 45,000 new home building workers by 2019.

The Planner

Starter homes consultation begins

The government is seeking views on the starter homes regulations to be made under powers contained in the Housing and Planning Bill.

UK Government

HS2 Ltd appoints delivery partner

HS2 Ltd has announced that it has appointed a team of CH2M, Atkins and Sener as engineering delivery partner for Phase 1 of the high-speed line project.

Railway Gazette

Kerslake calls for ‘radical and far-reaching’ devolution

The current range of devolution initiatives in the UK are “piecemeal and incoherent”, says former civil service chief Lord Kerslake.

Public Finance

Thousands prefer Crossrail 2 station in Tooting Broadway to Balham as TfL reveals consultation results

Tooting Broadway has proved the more popular choice for a Crossrail 2 station, according to months of consultation work by TfL.

This is Local London 

Housing most important issue in mayoral election, according to ITV poll

A poll conducted by ITV London and LBC has found that two of the top topics for Londoners are house prices and renting.

ITV News 

Council commits £130m to new homes plan

Brent Council’s cabinet has agreed to commit £10 million to create a portfolio of council-owned affordable private rented and temporary accommodation units over the next three years.

24dash.com

Greg Clark offers communities multi-billion pound offer to boost local growth

England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships will be able to apply for a share of £1.8 billion to support projects in their areas.

UK Government

£18m luxury development to begin construction in July after council approves plans

Work on a new £18 million residential development in Altrincham is set to begin in July after Trafford Council approved the plans for the former YWCA site.

Altrincham Today

‘Culture of misinformation’ at HS2 company, say MPs

A culture of “misinformation” runs through the company behind the planned HS2 rail link between London and the North, said a Commons committee.

ITV News

Offices-to-flats is ‘not the answer to the housing crisis’

Too many businesses are being turfed out of buildings since the rules allowing office space to be converted to housing was relaxed, says a London Assembly member.

South London Press

Barking and Dagenham council calls for Crossrail 2 ‘eastern phase’

Council leaders across east London are calling for the government to add an ‘eastern phase’ to the proposed Crossrail 2 route.

Barking and Dagenham Post

TfL says government report does not mean Chelsea Crossrail 2 station plans will be ditched

Transport for London (TfL) say a Crossrail 2 station in Chelsea is still very much part of its plans after doubts had been cast earlier in the month.

Go West London

Social housing stock ‘to fall 370,000 by 2020’

By 2020, 370,000 council and housing association homes could be lost in England, says the head of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

BBC News

Northumberland village set for further housing development

The details of a development of 36 properties in a north Northumberland village have been submitted to the county council.

Northumberland Gazette

New cycleway for Beverley Westwood

East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be starting work on the new cycleway and footway across a section of Beverley Westwood on Monday April 4.

Beverley Guardian

Winchester is ‘best place to live in Britain’

The "best places to live in Britain" have been announced in a new guide.

BBC News

Consultation call on 780-acre rail hub and housing plans near Burbage

Concerned councillors have called for more transparency over plans for a huge rail freight terminal and housing estate in Burbage.

Hinkley Times

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