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England round-up: Osborne outlines devolution plan, South-east London regeneration expansion secured

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 8 May - 15 May, 2015

Chancellor outlines devolution plan for English cities

Chancellor George Osborne has laid out his plans for devolution to cities in England, declaring the “old model” of running everything from London broken.

The Planner

Professional bodies lay out 16 steps to tackle underperforming towns and cities

Four economic and regeneration professional bodies, including the RTPI, have collaborated on a report that focuses on economic potential.

The Planner

South-east London regeneration expansion secured

Berkeley Homes East Thames has secured planning permission to expand the £1 billion Kidbrooke Village development in south-east London.

The Planner

Healthy profits mean more solar farms are likely to set up in Lincolnshire

Solar farms that are springing up across Lincolnshire are being tipped as a safe bet for investors seeking a good return on their money, making new developments more likely.

Lincolnshire Echo

Shropshire village homes plan rejected over sewerage fear

A 50-house development on the edge of a Shropshire village has been refused planning permission amid fears that it would overload the area’s sewerage system.

Shropshire Star

New development for site of Leicester’s New Walk Centre revealed

A new development combining office space, shops and homes has been revealed for the site of the former Leicester City Council offices at New Walk Centre.

ITV News

600 new homes ‘will not affect M1 Junction 23’

The Government’s Highways Agency has decided that up to 600 homes could be occupied in the proposed Garendon Park development before the increased traffic would have an impact on Junction 23 of the M1.

Loughborough Echo

Yorkshire farmers win groundbreaking wind turbine legal battle

After a lengthy legal battle, Yorkshire farmers Terry and Gail Beaumont have received a game-changing compensation pay-out for a defective wind turbine.


Easy energy? Or is the sun setting on Notts solar farms?

Choruses of outrage greeted recent approvals of solar farms in Notts – but countryside campaigners are the least of the renewable energy industry's problems as public subsidies evaporate.

Nottingham Post

Surveyors say housing level at crisis point as rising UK house prices and weak supply spark ‘national emergency’

House prices across the country climbed further last month as new listings fell at their fastest rate in six years, according to a report published today.

City AM

Thousands want Manchester, Sheffield and the North to become part of ‘New Scotland’

Thousands of Northerners want to break away from the UK, even as chancellor George Osborne announces new devolved powers to cities across the country.

City AM

Council submits planning application for SC2

The application for SC2 - Hereford’s £25 million southern link road – has been put before Herefordshire Council planners. 

Hereford Times