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England round-up: Planning committees suited to dealing with licensing applications; Stansted expansion approved

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 1 April-7 April, 2017

Planning committees suited to dealing with licensing applications

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 has ruled that it was a "mistake" to set up licensing committees when the planning system is well suited to dealing with licensing applications and appeals.

The Planner

£8bn deal to deliver affordable housing in London

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a partnership with housing association L&Q that will see £8 billion invested in new housing across the capital.

The Planner

Stansted expansion approved

Uttlesford District Council has granted planning permission for a new £130 million arrivals building at London Stansted Airport.

The Planner

12 enterprise zones launched

The government has announced that 12 new enterprise zones aimed at boosting economic growth have been initiated.

The Planner

Government action to ban letting agent fees

New measures that aim to provide a fairer deal for renters by banning unfair letting agent fees and encouraging greater competition in the rental sector have been set out by the government.

UK Government

Bidding opens for £490 million road funding

Counties across England can now bid for a share of £490 million to improve their roads, the government has announced.

UK Government

Two Hampshire countryside sites could disappear if go-ahead for homes is given

A Hampshire village is being targeted by housing developers in a move that could lead to two countryside sites disappearing beneath 330 homes. 

Southern Daily Echo

Canley residents concerned as plans change from new homes to student village

Residents in Canley have expressed their concerns after 44 homes they thought were going to be built for local residents are now proposed to be developed as a student village.

Coventry Telegraph

Controversial parking system at Aldi in Leek 'is not breaking planning agreement'

Planners at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council have ruled a supermarket has not broken any rules by implementing a controversial parking system.

The Sentinel

New housebuilding in London to halve as sales fall, Savills warns (subscription)

Completions of new homes in London by private builders will plummet to just 18,000 by 2021 as developers adjust to lower rates of sales in the capital, Savills has warned.

Inside Housing

GLA Pledges £750,000 for community space in South Kilburn

The Greater London Authority has pledged £750,000 from the London Regeneration Fund for the refurbishment of the Granville Centre.

South Kilburn NW6

One month to go: have your say on 4 May

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has urged people in six English regions to make sure they are registered to vote.

UK Government

Garden Bridge should be scrapped, Hodge review finds

A project to build a bridge covered with trees and shrubs across the Thames in London should be scrapped, a review has found.

BBC News

Shrewsbury Town hopeful Lidl plans will get go-ahead

Plans to build a Lidl on land at the Greenhous Meadow stadium will go back before planners next Thursday despite having previously been given permission in November.

Shropshire Star