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England round-up: Poorest areas are deprived of affordable housing, report suggests; SoS launches fund to help prevent homelessness

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 6 October-12 October, 2018

Campaigner loses legal bid to prevent Lancashire fracking

Campaigner Bob Dennett has lost his last-minute legal challenge to stop Cuadrilla fracking at its Preston New Road shale gas exploration site in Lancashire.

The Planner

Poorest areas are deprived of affordable housing, report suggests

Blackpool, Knowsley and Pendle residents take home some of the lowest incomes in England, yet no new affordable housing was delivered through the planning system in 2016/17, according to a report published this week.

The Planner

SoS launches fund to help prevent homelessness

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has launched the Private Rented Sector Access Fund, which is designed to help up to 9,000 people who are, or are at risk of becoming homeless to secure their own home.

The Planner

Council calls for guidance change to help secure affordable homes

Islington Council and the capital’s deputy mayor for housing have written an open letter to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), asking the organisation to rewrite key guidance on viability.

The Planner

Hills appointed to NIPA council

Victoria Hills, chief executive of the RTPI, has been appointed to the council of the National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA).

The Planner

HS2 launches public consultations on railway extensions 

HS2 Ltd has launched a public consultation for its construction plans for the Midlands and the North.

The Planner

LJMU £64m redevelopment project approved

Barton Willmore has been awarded a £64 million project by Liverpool City Council to redevelop Copperas Hill into a new student destination in the heart of Liverpool City Centre for Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

The Planner

Designs unveiled for HS2 stations in Birmingham and Solihull

UK-based high-speed railway project HS2 has unveiled the designs of two new stations in Birmingham and Solihull. 

Design Build Network

Lambeth tells developers: no more hotels in Waterloo

Lambeth Council is to warn developers that it won't grant planning permission for new hotels around Waterloo and the South Bank.

London SE1 Community Website

Birmingham City Council unveils modular housing plan

Birmingham City Council has announced that it is preparing to launch a pilot modular housing scheme as it moves towards fast, low-cost delivery of new homes.

Construction Enquirer

London council calls for extra powers to take over millionaires’ empty ‘ghost homes’

A West London council has requested new powers to take over so-called ‘ghost homes’ and use them for council tenants when they are left unoccupied for long periods of time.

Evening Standard

Tough action demanded for developer accused of flouting housing rules

Planners have been urged to impose serious penalties on a developer alleged to have flouted regulations with its controversial new Suffolk housing scheme.

East Anglian Daily Times

Contract awarded to create ‘reliable’ North West road network

Amey has been awarded a contract by the government to carry out routine maintenance, repair defects, respond to emergency incidents and provide severe weather services on 260 miles of motorway and 50 miles of major A road in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and South Lancashire.

UK Government

Villagers threaten legal action over plan for hundreds of homes on Sevenoaks’ border

Villagers living in the north-east of the Sevenoaks district have vowed to take legal action over a scheme to build 800 new homes included in the draft local plan.

Kent Live

15km of London Quietway opened in the capital

Three new Quietway cycle routes, which aim to enable cyclists to travel through safer, less busy streets across the capital, have been launched as new figures show cycling in central London grew by 8 per cent in the last year.

Cycling Industry News

Council takes steps to acquire land for link road to commercial development site

Sedgemoor District Council has begun the legal processes to acquire land required for a link road to serve the new Huntspill Energy Park at Puriton, either by agreement or through using its powers of compulsory purchase.

Sedgemoor District Council

Tory Westminster councillor resigns after hospitality inquiry 

A leading Conservative councillor criticised for receiving hospitality or gifts 893 times over six years, frequently from property developers seeking planning permission, has resigned after an internal investigation found he breached the authority’s code of conduct.

The Guardian

London Councils spreads digital infrastructure funds

London Councils and the City of London Corporation have committed multimillion-pound funding to a group of projects aimed at strengthening the city’s digital infrastructure.

UK Authority

Friends of the Earth object to Shrewsbury housing plan

Shrewsbury Friends of the Earth has objected to a plan to build a residential development on greenfield land in Shrewsbury.

Shropshire Star

City Waterside homes development could see new tram link, school and bridge

A vision for a regeneration of Nottingham’s Waterside area complete with tram links, new homes, a school and bridge links have been drawn up in a new document.

West Bridgford Wire

One in five Herts properties bought as second homes or buy-to-lets

A fifth of residential properties bought last year in Hertfordshire were purchased as second homes or properties to rent out, according to new figures.

Herts Advertiser