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England round-up: Poll suggests public still supports conservation areas; CPCA approves £200m application for government housing fund

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up planning news in England: 23 September-29 September, 2017

Poll suggests public still supports conservation areas

The public remains in support of powers held by councils to protect the character and appearance of conservation areas in England 50 years after the first was designated, according to a survey.

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Corbyn: Houses ‘should not be for the speculative few’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced that his party will review social housing policy and propose a ‘radical’ programme of action.

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CPCA approves £200m application for government housing fund 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority board members have voted to support the authority’s bid to the government for £200 million to fund the delivery of thousands of new jobs.

The Planner

Report: More hidden homeless than people sleeping rough in London

The number of hidden homeless people in London has been estimated as being 13 times more than those sleeping rough, according to a report from the Greater London Authority.

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Heritage’s role in economy revealed

England’s heritage directly contributes nearly £12 billion to the national economy.

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Crown Estate drops Exeter extension

The Crown Estate has pulled out of a £100 million city centre extension in Exeter, citing ‘market conditions’.

The Planner

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation adds 600 homes

Nearly 600 homes and a primary school have been approved as part of the development of Ebbsfleet Garden City.

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National Grid reports ‘greenest’ summer 

More than half of the UK’s electricity generation was met by low carbon sources during the summer, according to National Grid.

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Think tank demands higher subsidies to tackle London housing crisis

The unaffordability of London’s housing has never been greater, leading to increased overcrowding and homelessness with serious consequences for the capital’s economic competitiveness, according to a think tank.

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Grayling outlines plans for TransPennine digital railway 

The government is developing plans for the UK’s first digital intercity railway in the North as part of a £13 billion package for improving journeys in the region.

The Planner

Wakefield unveils plans for rugby league and community stadium

Wakefield Council is proposing to build a new community stadium at Belle Vue, the home of rugby league club Wakefield Trinity, West Yorkshire.

The Planner

Council crackdown on rogue landlords to improve housing standards

North Lincolnshire Council is looking to launch a new licence for private landlords aimed at protecting our most vulnerable residents and raising housing standards in the private rented sector for the benefit of tenants.

Lincolnshire Today

One chance left for CITB, says FMB

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said that the Construction Industry Training Board has one last chance to fundamentally reform and start facilitating quality training en masse among the construction industry’s smaller firms.

Federation of Master Builders

Bradford shisha lounge ordered to shut down

A shisha lounge and nightclub in Listerhills, Bradford, which opened without planning consent, has been ordered to shut down.

Telegraph & Argus

House building in Burnley will not be scaled back – council chiefs

Burnley Borough Council chiefs have said they will not reduce the number of houses planned to be built in the town, despite a new government formula which will see neighbouring authorities scale down their plans.

Burnley Express

Developer leaves central London housing block empty for seven years

Housing blocks with space for dozens of homes just yards from Buckingham Palace have been left empty for seven years by one of Britain’s biggest property developers, triggering calls for the council to take immediate action to bring them back into use.

The Guardian

Plans for new cycle superhighway in south-east London

Plans for a segregated cycle superhighway in south-east London have been unveiled by the mayor to improve safety on one of the capital’s most popular but dangerous routes.

Evening Standard

Help to Buy supports over 320,000 people

The government has announced that its Help to Buy schemes have helped over 320,000 people to buy their own home.

UK Government

Grenfell Tower: Council to terminate contract with property managers

Kensington and Chelsea council has voted to terminate its contract with the body responsible for managing Grenfell Tower and find new management for its housing stock.

The Guardian

Owners of dog rescue centre ordered to close for breaching enforcement notices 

A dog rescue centre in Latchingdon has been ordered to close after its owners admitted breaching a noise abatement and enforcement notice.

Maldon Standard

Plans for driverless £6m Coventry light railway unveiled

Plans for a driverless £6 million light railway project for Coventry, that would use battery-operated vehicles to link locations in and around the city, have been revealed.

BBC News

EasyJet plan to fly electric planes within 10 years

EasyJet has announced that it intends to fly electric planes within 10 years for short haul flights and has already built a two-seater prototype.

London Loves Business

Decision due on County Durham quarry’s life span

Plans to extend the life span of an ‘economically important' County Durham quarry to 2030, in a move which could sustain more than 80 jobs, look set to be approved.

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