Log in | Register

England round-up: Northern leaders demand fairer transport deal; Free bikes for residents suggested by NHS competition winner

Words: Laura Edgar
England flag

A round-up of planning news in England: 19 August-25 August, 2017

RTPI: Budget pressures leave councils ‘just about managing’

The ability of local authorities to do ‘strategic and proactive’ planning is crucial to fostering the economic growth Britain needs post-Brexit, but a lack of investment has left them ‘just about managing’, the RTPI has said.

The Planner

Northern leaders demand fairer transport deal

Political and business leaders from across the north of England have met to demand a fair transport deal from the government.

The Planner

Free bikes for residents suggested by NHS competition winner

Planning consultancy Citiesmode has won an NHS England challenge to design a healthy new town and rethink people’s lifestyles, with free bikes for residents incorporated into its plan.

The Planner

Housing estate next to listed building receives green light

Bracknell Forest Council has approved plans for 128 homes, made up of 29 houses and 99 flats, surrounding the listed Peacock Farm building. 

Local Berkshire

Fresh Pebble Mill hospital plans in

Plans to build a larger private healthcare facility on the former BBC Pebble Mill studios site in Birmingham have been filed with the city council, almost two years after a smaller scheme was given the green light.

Insider Media

Plans for 138 new homes in Albrighton

Plans have been put in for a 74-apartment care home, six bungalows and 58 houses in Albrighton.

Shropshire Star

Residents claim victory as appeal is withdrawn

Residents living in the village of Forest have claimed victory in their campaign to stop 77 new homes being built on land off Woodrow Road, Melksham, with an appeal withdrawn by the developer.

Wiltshire Times 

Residents upset over house built without full consent

Neighbours are unhappy with a developer for building a house at Sonning Common without full planning permission. The council has ordered him to submit a retrospective application.

Henley Standard

London house prices will remain stagnant as Brexit hurts UK economy, warn experts

Ten out of 14 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News cited political and economic uncertainty as a reason house prices are stalling while seven said tax changes for landlords were at fault.


Brixham and Paignton neighbourhood plans submitted to council

The neighbourhood plans for Paignton and Brixham Peninsula have been formally submitted to Torbay Council, following several years of work by the communities to determine the best sites for new jobs and new homes.

Devon Live

Planning applications soar as stamp duty leads to ‘improve not move’ trend

Planning applications have risen by a quarter in the past five years with prospective homebuyers increasingly choosing to refurbish their own homes instead of moving, according to research by Halifax Insurance.

The Telegraph

Rise in small homes, research suggests

The UK has seen a sharp rise in homes 'little bigger than a budget hotel room', according to consumer group Which?.

BBC News

George Osborne urges ‘HS3’ rail for northern England

Former chancellor George Osborne has urged Theresa May to commit to building high-speed rail lines across the north of England, from Liverpool to Hull. 

BBC News

Harlow residents angry affordable housing on development could be lost 

Residents in Harlow, Essex have said they are furious a firm is looking to scrap plans to offer affordable housing on the Churchgate Hotel development.

Essex Live

Heathrow landing fee claim not credible, says ex-BA boss

The former boss of British Airways, Sir Rod Eddington, has said Heathrow Airport's claims that it will not raise landing charges to pay for a new runway are not credible.

BBC News

Action plan to improve accessibility in transport unveiled by the government

Work aimed at improving accessible toilets on the railways, ensuring better use of blue badges and trials in autonomous vehicles are among measures to improve transport for people with disabilities announced by the government.

UK Government