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England round-up: Neighbourhood planning bill announced in Queen's Speech; Khan says the affordable housing cupboard is bare

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 14 May-20 May, 2016

Queen’s Speech 2016: Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill announced

A bill aimed at speeding up the planning process and minimising delays has been announced in the 2016 Queen’s Speech.

The Planner 

Queen’s Speech 2016: Reaction

A Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill has been announced in the Queen’s Speech, with the profession welcoming the intent to strengthen neighbourhood planning but critical about  privatisation of the Land Registry.

The Planner

Government should consider built environment committee report – RTPI

A number of built environment organisations have written a letter urging communities secretary Greg Clark to take seriously a number of recommendations made by the House of Lords Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment.

The Planner

Khan says the affordable housing cupboard is bare

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has accused former mayor Boris Johnson of “leaving the cupboard bare” when it comes to the delivery of affordable homes in the capital.

The Planner

De Niro plans 83-room hotel in Covent Garden

Hollywood star Robert De Niro has announced plans to build an 83-room hotel in London's Covent Garden area.


Neighbours fail to block couple’s grand designs as planning chiefs back third-storey roof extension

A planning battle that has divided neighbours in a quiet courtyard in Canonbury ended in victory for a home owner at a tense planning meeting recently.

Islington Tribune

‘Don't stall on rail link’, says Haringey leader

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been warned by Haringey Council’s leader that any delay to Crossrail 2 could put the proposed high-speed rail link to the borough at risk.

North London Newspapers 

Everton’s plans to move from Goodison Park to Walton Hall Park abandoned

Everton’s plans to relocate from Goodison Park to a new stadium on nearby Walton Hall Park have been scrapped.

The Guardian

Teignbridge bids to government for money to build homes for first-time buyers

Teignbridge Council has submitted a bid to the government as part of a scheme to help first-time buyers get into the property market.

Torquay Herald Express

HS2 construction to start in 2017 – minister

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed that construction will start on the HS2 rail link next year.

Buying Business Travel

Environmental consideration must be at the heart of planning reforms

The Woodland Trust has called for the government to protect threatened woodlands as part of the Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill.

Politics Home

London borough installs 6,000 solar panels over marketplace

A London council has unveiled a vast installation of 6,000 solar panels on a wholesale market rooftop, which it says is the largest such array put up by a local authority.

The Guardian

Sadiq Khan calls for rethink over HS2 terminus at Euston

Sadiq Khan has called for the High Speed 2 redevelopment of Euston station to be put on hold until a less disruptive plan is found.

Evening Standard 

Fears for sport centre in Formby as plans left out of local plan

Around 400 hundred people have signed a petition calling on Sefton Council to reconsider its decision to exclude plans for a £5 million sports development in Formby from the local plan.

Southport Visiter

Battersea Power Station’s Tube bill 'to rise by £240m'

The bill for the Northern line extension to Battersea Power Station is set to soar by as much as £240 million following “significant” design changes.

Evening Standard