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England round-up: Oxford housing shortage best met through urban extensions – report; Northern Powerhouse cities less productive than European counterparts

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 28 May-3 June, 2016

Oxford housing shortage best met through urban extensions – report

Oxford City Council has published a report setting out the technical evidence to support its case that Oxford’s unmet housing need would be best addressed through urban extensions near to the city.

The Planner

Northern Powerhouse cities less productive than European counterparts

The government’s Northern Powerhouse will only succeed if it focuses on boosting productivity in underperforming Northern cities, says a new report.

The Planner

Government won’t meet soil sustainability ambition, warns Environmental Audit Committee

The failure to prevent soil degradation could increase the risk of flooding, lower food security and greater carbon emissions, says the committee's latest report.

The Planner

Khan: We shouldn't be embarrassed about saying ‘first dibs for Londoners’ on housing

The London Mayor was asked by ITV's political editor Robert Peston about why he has joined a campaign that criticised foreigners who bought expensive properties in London, but did not live in them.

ITV News

Two options for Derby-to-Nottingham tram as part of HS2 plans

Two options have been drawn up to outline how Nottingham's tram system could extend to Derby as part of plans for the HS2 high-speed rail network.

BBC News

Council investigating claims planning conditions have been ignored for cemetary development

Council officers are investigating claims that an applicant developing a privately-run cemetery near Keighley Tarn has failed to comply with planning conditions, something which the applicant's agent rejects.

Keighley News

‘Home Counties green belt risks becoming giant London suburb’

Swathes of Home Counties green belt could be buried beneath bricks and concrete under plans to build thousands of new homes in the region, environmental campaigners have warned.

The Telegraph 

10,000 homes to be built in Lee Valley to ease ‘crisis’

Up to 10,000 homes are to be built on a brownfield site in north-east London. Enfield Council has revealed the homes, to be built by Barratt and Segro, will go on land at Lee Valley.

BBC News 

Call for crucial GLH vote to be declared null and void

Plans for the first phase of a massive and controversial housing scheme in South Warwickshire were given approval last week – and there was an immediate call for the decision to be declared null and void.

Stratford Herald

Stone Hill Park planning application submitted on former Manston airport

The developers of a new town and offices on the former Manston airport site have submitted a planning application to councillors.

Kent Online

Tower Bridge to close for three months for repairs

London's Tower Bridge is set to be closed to vehicles for three months for structural repairs.

BBC News

Most expensive UK seaside towns named

The UK's most expensive seaside town is Sandbanks in Dorset, with the average house price there nearly £665,000, a report has revealed.

BBC News 

Cabinet backs £300k contribution to A590 roundabout plan

Councillors will be recommended to approve a contribution to a £6.1 million project to build a new roundabout on the A590.

Cumbria Crack 

London councils ‘fail to meet affordable homes targets’

London boroughs are failing to ensure developers provide affordable housing, show figures obtained by the BBC.

BBC News 

Camden Council starts ‘enforcement investigation’ after woman paints her house pink

Neighbours have rallied around a woman told by the town hall that she has broken planning rules by painting a property in a picturesque Belsize Park street pink.

Camden New Journal