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England round-up: Only half of housing built near train stations, finds report; ‘Better coordination’ is vital for the North to prosper

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 5 May-11 May, 2018

Only half of housing built near train stations, finds report

The draft NPPF must focus on transport-oriented housing developments, says the RTPI as it publishes a report that suggests only 50 per cent of new housing in England is built within 2km of a train station.

The Planner

‘Better coordination’ is vital for the North to prosper

If the north of England is to thrive in a post-Brexit world, growth and investment must be strategically planned across the region, but emerging plans for delivering this need to be better coordinated, says the RTPI.

The Planner

Grayling approves Silvertown Tunnel DCO

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has approved a development consent order (DCO) for a road to be built under the River Thames in East London.

The Planner

17 homes in Yorkshire Dales green-lit

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s planning committee has approved full planning permission for 17 homes in West Witton in Richmondshire.

The Planner

More than half of councils say affordable housing need is ‘severe’ 

A report published by the Association for Public service Excellence (APSE) has found that 63 per cent of UK councils rate their affordable housing need as severe.

The Planner

Burnham calls for housing bill to address shortage

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has called on the leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties to introduce a housing bill to address the housing and homelessness crisis.

The Planner

Projects launched to support rough sleepers

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has announced that three areas in England will be piloting a scheme that aims to get homeless people off the streets and into accommodation that is stable and affordable.

The Planner

Cash boost to improve transport connectivity in the South East

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced that £2 million will go into regional transport organisations in the south-east of England to help them to develop strategies to improve journeys.

The Planner

London’s deputy mayor for transport stands down

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that Val Shawcross CBE is retiring from her role as the deputy mayor for transport. She will be replaced by Heidi Alexander.

The Planner

UK parks deliver £34bn of health benefits, suggests report

Parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom provide people with over £34 billion of health and well-being benefits, according to charity Fields in Trust.

The Planner

Families fight plans to turn terrace into flats

More than 160 residents have signed a petition against plans to turn a home into accommodation for seven people in Birches Head, Stoke.

Stoke Sentinel

Council progressing with moving on travellers from illegal site in Wickford 

Plans to remove travellers from an unauthorised site in Wickford are progressing, with Basildon Council set to return to the High Court.

Echo News

Temporary withdrawal of Manston application

RiverOak Strategic Partners has temporarily withdrawn its development consent order application in respect of Manston Airport.

Riverside Strategic Partners

400 homes planned for former Nestlé factory site

More than 400 homes could be built on a piece of land to the west of the former Nestlé factory buildings in York if newly submitted plans get the green light.

Insider Media

Network Rail’s new £800m scheme to remove all ‘leaf fall’ trees 

Network Rail is to target all ‘leaf fall’ trees for removal alongside its tracks in a new £800 million five-year programme of ‘enhanced clearance’, according to an internal document seen by The Guardian.

The Guardian

44,000 respond to future farming consultation 

More than 44,000 responses have been received on its proposals for the future for food, farming and the environment once the UK leaves the EU, says the government.

UK Government

Digital rail revolution ‘will reduce’ overcrowding and cut delays 

Transport secretary Chris Grayling and Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne have launched Network Rail’s Digital Railway Strategy.

UK Government

Gove urged to save thousands of wildlife areas from being concreted over

The environment secretary has been urged to stop wildlife areas losing vital protections which could see them concreted over under government plans to shake up the planning system.

Huffington Post

Date set for public inquiry into Belper housing scheme

A date has been set for a public inquiry into controversial plans to build more than 100 homes on the edge of a Derbyshire town.

Derby Telegraph

St Albans council seals £7.6 million deal in step towards centre rejuvenation

After nearly two years of negotiations, St Albans District Council has bought Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust’s Principal Health Centre in Civic Close, and a nearby car park formerly owned by Angle Property Limited.

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