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10/06/2016

England round-up: MPs blast government failure to protect against flooding; Ombudsman hits out at enforcement action failures

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 4 June-10 June, 2016

MPs blast government failure to protect against flooding

The government is failing to protect communities at risk of flooding, according to MPs.

The Planner

Small and medium-sized cities hold key to Northern Powerhouse future

Small and medium-sized towns and cities (SMCs) are crucial to the success of the government’s flagship Northern Powerhouse strategy and already contribute £82 billion a year to the UK economy, says a report.

The Planner

Government must increase older people’s housing, say MPs

The government should stop focusing on young first-time buyers and boost the supply of older people’s housing to free up family homes, says a group of MPs and peers.

The Planner

Cameron pledges Heathrow decision this summer

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised that the government will decide this summer on whether a third runway will go ahead at Heathrow.

The Planner

Ombudsman hits out at enforcement action failures

Planning authorities must keep track of enforcement action and ensure that it is effectively delivered, warns the Local Government Ombudsman.

The Planner

Liverpool regeneration scheme plans new fruit and veg site

A wide-ranging scheme to revamp an eight hectare site on the Edge Lane gateway into Liverpool is to be discussed by councillors later this week.

The Planner

South Acton revamp moves another step forward

A further phase for the redevelopment of South Acton is moving forward after planning permission was granted for new homes, community facilities and public open space.

The Planner

Campaigners back workplace parking levy to boost public transport

A levy on workplace parking similar to one introduced in Nottingham could help to raise millions for public transport, according to sustainability campaigners.

The Planner

Barnet housing prices could escalate to £1m by 2030

Labour councillors say Barnet is failing on housing affordability targets as figures reveal prices could increase to £1 million by 2030.

Times Series

Effingham Neighbourhood Plan 'could set green belt precedent' warns residents' association

The Effingham Neighbourhood Plan (NP) will set a precedent for further building on green belt land, warns the village’s residents’ association.

Get Surrey 

Barrow £12m primary care centre given the go-ahead

A new £12 million primary care centre on the site of a former school in Cumbria has been given the go-ahead.

BBC News

Fears homes could be built on former school site in Cleadon

Anger has erupted within a South Tyneside village after green belt land is marked as areas of ‘potential development’ for future housing sites.

The Shields Gazette

London cyclists urged to download app to warn mayor of danger spots

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to improve cycling infrastructure in the capital and now a new app could help cyclists play a part in the scheme.

Cycling Weekly

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