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England round-up: Plans for Anfield High Street revealed; Agreement announced on approach for development on the Thames

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 27 August-2 September, 2016

Plans for Anfield High Street revealed

Liverpool City Council has revealed its plans to rebuild a high street near Liverpool Football Club.

The Planner

Agreement announced on approach for development on the Thames

The Marine Management Organisation and the Port of London Authority have agreed on a streamlined approach to regulating development on the River Thames.

The Planner 

Candidates announced for RTPI vice-president 

Candidates from across the UK have put themselves forward to be elected to the RTPI’s General Assembly and Board, including the chair of the board and vice-president roles.

The Planner

Local plans a ‘very weak way’ for councils to change land use for housing

Local authorities should directly commission new homes to address the shortfall in affordable housing, says homelessness charity Shelter.

Public Sector Executive 

Leyton neighbourhood set to fight against ‘shocking’ apartment block plan

A community has vowed to fight against a controversial decision to build an apartment block close to its homes.

This is Local London

Hinkley Point: EDF boss calls on government to look at ‘bigger picture’

The head of the energy company behind the Hinkley Point C nuclear reactors has called on the government to authorise the project after its approval was unexpectedly delayed last month.

The Guardian 

Jeremy Corbyn ‘would build 1m new homes’ in five years of Labour

A Labour government run by Jeremy Corbyn would borrow £15 billion a year to build houses across the country – half of them council homes – as part of a £500 billion programme of public investment, new policy papers have revealed.

The Guardian 

Factory machines to heat homes under huge green networks plan

Hundreds of thousands of homes are to be heated using warmth generated by industrial machinery, geothermal energy and even Tube trains, under government-backed plans for a major expansion of ‘heat networks’.

The Telegraph

Planning permission granted for new submarine training facility

Planning permission has been granted for the construction of a new training facility at BAE Systems’ site in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Cumbria Crack

Sheffield City Region submits bid for own grant programme (subscription)

The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has submitted a bid for a grant under a £4.7 billion government scheme as part of a pitch to run its own housing programme.

Inside Housing 

Two-thirds of government house building funds ‘go towards fuelling demand’

The majority of the government’s housing spending is fuelling demand, rather than going towards house building, new analysis has revealed.

The Telegraph 

Government's multibillion-pound housing stimulus: developers react

Residential developers have given a cautious welcome to government plans to launch a multibillion-pound funding package aimed at tackling the housing crisis.

Property Week 

NAO to probe ‘super sewer’ over funding questions

The National Audit Office is investigating London’s new £4.2 billion ‘super sewer’, over concerns about the project’s structural impact and its unusual funding model, it has been reported.

Public Finance 

Planning approvals vs house building activity, 2006-2015

Daniel Bentley, Civitas, discusses why planning is not a major barrier to the delivery of housing.


Expert gives damning view on £8 million rail hub in West Midlands

This is the damning view from the Inland Waterways Association’s planning boss as the association reveals its objections to the proposed West Midlands Interchange at Four Ashes.

Express and Star 

Plans for 50 homes approved for Heckington

North Kesteven District Council planners have approved outline plans for 50 new homes in Heckington despite parish concerns.

Sleaford Standard 

Work begins on £30m transport hub in Lincoln

Work on a £30 million transport hub in Lincoln has started, with disruption expected as a number of city centre car parks are set to close.

BBC News 

Plan for homes on Oughtibridge Mill site approved

A plan to build 320 homes on Oughtibridge Mill site in Oughtibridge, on the outskirts of Sheffield, has been approved by the city’s councillors.

The Star 

Extra 20,000 passengers on London and Birmingham trains

A new West Midlands Rail (WMR) franchise will accommodate another 20,000 passengers in London and Birmingham at peak times.

BBC News 

Chelsea’s plan for new stadium runs into trouble – over threat to bats’ habitat

Roman Abramovich’s dream of a new Chelsea stadium has come up against an unlikely opponent — bats.

Evening Standard 

Sadiq Khan rides Crossrail as half of the track now completed

London’s ‘landmark’ new Elizabeth line reached a fresh milestone, as Sadiq Khan became the first VIP passenger to take a trip between stations.

Evening Standard 

Next’s Gloucester plans recommended for refusal

Plans for a £14 million, 100,000 sq ft retail development, including a flagship Next fashion and homeware store, to be created through the conversion of a Gloucester cinema, looks set to be knocked back.

Insider Media Limited 

London’s new zero carbon rules may catch firms out (subscription)

Developers risk having residential schemes rejected by London planners because they are unaware of a zero carbon requirement that comes into force at the end of the summer.


MP wades into planning row that could see pensioner’s caravan home removed

Bradford East MP Imran Hussain has taken up the case of Marion Majors, whose static caravan will be removed from the back garden of her home in Acre Lane, Eccleshill, in October, after she was given three months’ notice and lost an appeal against the decision.

Telegraph and Argus