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England round-up: 'Planning red tape seen as barrier' to new infrastructure; Boxpark Croydon granted approval

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 24-30 October, 2015

'Planning red tape seen as barrier' to new infrastructure

A new survey has found that 85 per cent of infrastructure firms see red tape in the planning system as a “significant barrier” to delivery.

The Planner

Chancellor to launch National Infrastructure Commission 

Chancellor George Osborne will launch the National Infrastructure Commission in York later today.

The Planner

500-home limit for “nationally significant” housing schemes

A maximum of 500 houses based on geographic proximity or functional need could be granted through a development consent order (DCO) under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime, the government has announced.

The Planner 

Boxpark Croydon granted approval

Plans for a Boxpark in Croydon have been given the green light by Croydon Council.

The Planner

Funding secured for green infrastructure in cities

Funding for a project that aims to investigate new ways of implementing green infrastructure schemes has been secured.

The Planner 

Opinion - Hull: the city that gentrification forgot

Steve Walsh compares London’s housing crisis with “England’s only officially ‘affordable city’”.

The Guardian 

Review of Burnham-On-Sea’s local plan

Residents across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being encouraged to have their say on how the district should grow and change over the next twenty years.


Housing plans for former Knowsley College site submitted

Developers have submitted a planning application to Knowsley Council for the redevelopment of Knowsley Community College’s Roby Campus site in Huyton for up to 98 first-time buyer, family and executive homes.

Click Liverpool 

Opinion - Nick Clegg: The Tory assault on housing associations is another betrayal

Attacking providers of affordable housing in the capital shows the Government’s lack of concern for the poor, says Clegg.

Evening Standard 

Parish Council looks to develop Neighbourhood Plan as house builder eyes up green belt land

Alderley Edge Parish Council is looking to develop a Neighbourhood Plan after being contacted on a behalf of a Carlisle-based developer who is looking to build homes on green belt land on the south west side of the village.


South Lakeland District Council on target to deliver 1,000 affordable homes

A new report from South Lakeland District Council says the authority is on track towards its twin target of delivering 1,000 new jobs and 1,000 affordable rented homes by 2025.

The Westmoreland Gazette 

Right to Buy bill signals the end of localism, warns Labour’s Healey

Government plans that would see local authorities funding the extension of Right to Buy to social housing tenants mean “the end of localism”, a Labour shadow cabinet member has said.

Public Finance 

About 260 people attend Local Plan exhibition in Uckfield

People had the chance in Uckfield this week to view recommendations for a new Wealden Local Plan.

Uckfield News 

UN: Climate plans must go further to prevent dangerous warming

The UN has released its assessment of national plans to limit climate change, submitted by 146 countries.

BBC News


www.bimby.org.uk from the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community provides a unique online tool to shape new developments so that they are well designed and well received by communities. 

Prince’s Foundation