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England round-up: New enterprise zone launched in East Midlands; Right to Build task force is launched

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 11 February-17 February, 2017

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The Planner

New enterprise zone launched in East Midlands

Local government minister Marcus Jones has announced that a new enterprise zone will be set up in Loughborough and Leicester, bringing jobs to the Midlands Engine.

The Planner 

Right to Build taskforce is launched

A Right to Build expert task force that aims to help 80 organisations across the UK deliver more homes over the next three years has been launched.

The Planner

Council sanctions £183m council housing investment

Birmingham City Council has approved a £183 million investment into its council housing.

The Planner

Bakerloo Line extension to support 25,000 new homes

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a consultation into the extension of the Bakerloo London Underground line, which could release 25,000 new homes.

The Planner

Barwell visits Medway

Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell has visited Medway to see a number of sites that could bring affordable housing to the area.

UK Government

Farmers continue to drive growth of renewables

Renewable energy uptake on farms shows no sign of slowing down as farmers continue to support clean energy production, according to the NFU.

National Farmers Union

Planning chiefs finally open door to green belt housing

Councillors have approved the construction of nine houses on a green belt in Chadderton after they were previously blocked three times.

Oldham Evening Chronicle

Planning application for nearly 200 Potton homes submitted

Central Bedfordshire Council has received a planning application for a further 186 houses on the north side of Sandy Road, Potton – and the plans have been slammed as “completely inappropriate".

The Comet

Head of HS2 says ‘city’ would be created at station between Derby and Nottingham

The head of the HS2 rail project has said the building of a station on the line between Derby and Nottingham could result in a new “city” at the site.

Derby Telegraph

Brentwood housing strategy to help tackle homelessness launches

Residents will have the chance to influence Brentwood’s new proposed housing strategy by telling the council what it would like to see happen across the borough.

Essex Live

Building more homes at Little Paxton is ‘simply wrong’, says councillor

Opposition is growing to plans to build almost 200 homes on the outskirts of Little Paxton near St Neots, Cambridgeshire, with one councillor describing the proposals as “simply wrong”.

The Hunts Post

Planning reforms aimed at boosting rural productivity welcomed

Landowners and farmers have welcomed a commitment to support rural economic growth in the government’s response to the Rural Planning Review.

On the Wight

Shankly Hotel retrospective planning application set for approval

Signature Living’s retrospective planning application to alter significant aspects of the proposed rooftop extension of the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool city centre is on the verge of securing permission.

Insider Media Limited

Sheffield United announces Bramall Lane redevelopment plans

Sheffield United Football Club has announced details of plans to redevelop the land surrounding Bramall Lane. These include a new club retail outlet.

Football Trade Directory

Developer to appeal after council refuses permission for 354 homes in Sutton Courtenay

Developer London Regeneration has vowed to pursue highly contested plans to build hundreds of homes in a village after being refused planning permission by Vale of White Horse District Council.

The Oxford Times 

Neighbourhood plan to have no influence over Handforth garden village   

Cheshire East Council has decided that the emerging Handforth Neighbourhood Plan cannot cover the garden village because this it is “a completely separate entity and it makes sense not to include the scheme within the proposed neighbourhood plan”.

Alderley Edge

Guildford Cathedral faces ‘probable closure’

A cathedral is facing closure after plans to sell off nearby land for development were rejected.

BBC News

Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville’s plans for Manchester would ‘erase heritage’

Ex-footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’s £200 million plans to redevelop part of central Manchester would erase the area’s history, warn campaigners.

BBC News

Liverpool’s tallest skyscraper plan moves forward

Plans are set to be submitted to build Liverpool’s tallest skyscraper, which will rise 48 storeys high on land at the edge of the city’s commercial district.

Insider Media Limited