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England round-up: National Trust says urgent coastal action is required; Blackpool gets an enterprise zone

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 7 November-3 November, 2015

National Trust says urgent coastal action is required

The government and agencies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland need to act now to ensure the coast is ready for the “enormous challenges” presented by severe storms and rising sea levels, according to research by the National Trust.

The Planner 

Blackpool gets an enterprise zone

Blackpool will benefit from a new enterprise zone aimed at developing a highly skilled workforce for the energy industry, says Northern Powerhouse minister James Wharton.

The Planner

HS2 independent design panel announced

A 46-strong team has been appointed as the independent design panel that will support the High Speed 2 (HS2) project.

The Planner

The Planner to host neighbourhood planning webinar on 17th November

Are communities now able to influence local development as the Localism Act envisioned - or are barriers to successful neighbourhood planning proving insurmountable?

The Planner

Two Leicestershire solar panel farms get go-ahead

Two new solar farms to last 25 years have been given planning permission to be installed and start operating on tracts of green space in the borough of Hinckley and Bosworth, Leicestershire.

Hinckley Times

Plans for turbine in the balance

An appeal decision is expected soon on plans to install a towering 308-feet wind turbine on fields near Bagworth. Hinckley and Bosworth planning committee members turned down the application last year following an outcry from locals.

Hinckley Times

Burbage homes plan to get appeal hearing

An appeal date is yet to be set for controversial plans to build up to 80 properties on fields at the back of homes in Burbage.

Hinckley Times

Greystoke applies to determine its own development planning powers

Greystoke has become the 15th area in Eden to apply to make its own local planning rules.

Eden District Council

Time called at pub with plans drawn up for six homes

A fifth application for new houses in Ettington has emerged this week, with proposals for six homes on the site of The White Horse pub.

Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

Energy minister expects UK to miss renewables target, leaked letter shows

Energy secretary Amber Rudd has been accused of misleading the public after a leaked letter revealed that the UK is predicted to fall short of its European Union obligations to get 15 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020.

The Guardian

UK doesn’t have right policies to meet renewable energy target, admits Amber Rudd

Amber Rudd has admitted the UK does not have the right policies in place to meet its EU target of sourcing 15 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020, and challenged transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin to help make up the shortfall.

The Guardian

Controversial homes plan approved

Wigan Council’s planning committee agreed to support an application by Persimmon Homes to build 150 homes in Pocket Nook Farm, Pocket Nook Lane in Lowton, despite objections from residents concerning the use of Mayfield Drive for access.

Wigan Today 

TfL has released the first official ‘walk the Tube’ map for London

Transport bosses have unveiled the first official map showing the walking times between central London's Tube stations.

Evening Standard

Nottingham-to-Derby tram link backed by councils

A multi-million pound project to extend the Nottingham tram system to Derby is being treated as a “priority”, the BBC has learned.

BBC News