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England round-up: National park asks builders to consider the park for new homes; Government funding for supported housing

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 28 October-3 November, 2017

National park asks builders to consider the park for new homes

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has urged landowners, developers, builders, planning agents and housing to consider building new homes in the park.

The Planner

Government funding for supported housing

The government has set out plans that aim to protect and encourage the supply of a range of supported housing.

The Planner

England’s metro-mayors meet to discuss more devolution

The seven regional and city-wide mayors from across England met today to issue a call for the government to ‘significantly’ increase the pace and scale of devolution to boost economic growth.

The Planner

Bill to ban letting fees introduced to Parliament

The draft Tenant Fees Bill has been introduced into Parliament, as the government looks to ban letting fees for tenants.

The Planner

£1.6bn plan for Solihull hub

A framework outlining how to deliver primary and secondary infrastructure to promote sustained and coordinated growth across an area in Solihull designated as The Hub has been unveiled.

The Planner

Garden village considered near Stone

Stafford Borough Council has announced that it will consider including proposals for a garden village if the government decides to build a railhead for HS2 in Stone.

The Planner

Survey suggests increase in public support for renewable energy

There has been an increase in the level of public support for renewable energy in the UK, according to the government’s latest Public Attitudes Tracker results.

The Planner

Legal loophole results in loss of affordable homes, says Shelter

New research has suggested that developers are using a legal loophole to avoid building affordable homes across England.

The Planner

New £5m primary and nursery school a step closer after farmland is bought

Plans to build a new £5 million primary school and nursery in Bestwood Village have taken a step forward after the purchase of farmland was given the go-ahead.

Nottingham Post

Mayor’s demands could make us slash home plans, developers warn

London’s biggest property developers have threatened to slash their house-building plans in the capital in a major challenge to Sadiq Khan’s pledge to solve the homes crisis.

Evening Standard

Garden centre boss in new planning row with council

The owner of a garden centre near Wargrave involved in a long-running planning dispute has criticised a decision not to allow him to expand the business.

Henley Standard

Planning fees

The secretary of state has published regulations concerning an increase of approximately 20 per cent for all existing fees to be paid to local planning authorities. The legislation awaits approval by both Houses of Parliament.


£3m improvements for the A64 in York

A £3 million package of work is planned for a 10-mile stretch of the A64 near York, the government has announced, which aim to improve the journeys for those who use it every day.

UK Government

Four Falmouth student housing schemes to go to appeal

Four controversial housing schemes for Falmouth, which would cater for 700 students but have attracted more than 1,000 complaints, are all set to go to appeal over the next month.

Cornwall Live

HS2 accused of cutting costs in North by stripping out tunnels 

HS2 has been accused of cutting costs on the Northern leg of its route in order to make up for overspending in the South.

The Guardian

28,000 homes plan could ‘benefit’ Shropshire's rural landowners

Plans to build more than 28,000 new homes in Shropshire by 2036 will bring opportunities for rural areas, a development expert has said.

Shropshire Star 

Setback for £90m Temple Circus plans

Plans for the £90 million redevelopment of the Temple Circus site in Bristol are set to be refused consent when they go before Bristol City Council next week (8 November) due to concerns over potential harm to a listed building.

Insider Media

Network Rail awards TransPennine route upgrade contracts

The contract for future improvement work on the TransPennine route between York and Manchester has been awarded by Network Rail to an alliance of organisations.

Rail Technology Magazine

25,000 homes for Coventry signed-off by government

Coventry City Council’s local plans has been given the green light by the government, paving the way for 25,000 new homes, including on 10 per cent of the area’s green belt.

Coventry Telegraph

Welwyn Garden City on The One Show

The Town and Country Planning Association’s chief executive Kate Henderson has appeared on the BBC’s The One Show to talk about garden cities.

BBC iPlayer

Plans for new terminal at Port of Tilbury submitted 

Port of Tilbury London Ltd has submitted plans for a new port terminal and associated facilities alongside the current port to the Planning Inspectorate. 

Your Thurrock

Building flats on London car parks could solve housing crisis, report suggests

Hundreds of suburban London car parks close to commuter stations should be built on to help solve the housing crisis, a report has argued.

Evening Standard

London market demolition triggers UN investigation into area’s gentrification

A team of United Nations human rights experts are investigating gentrification in London amid a row over the planned demolition of a Latin American market.


Associations have ‘moved away from their original purpose’

Shadow housing minister Melanie Onn has told a conference housing associations have ‘moved away from their original purpose'.