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England round-up: Powerhouse bit by rail delays, Northern spatial plans advances, Lancs fracking delayed

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England, 20-26 June, 2015

Northern Powerhouse hit by rail modernisation delays

The Northern Powerhouse programme has been dealt a body blow after the government shelved key regional rail projects following failures in Network Rail’s £38 billion modernisation plan

The Planner

Spatial plan for the North moves forwards

A strategic spatial plan for the north of England to shape the future of the region’s economy has moved a step forward under an initiative by the RTPI and think tank IPPR North. - See more at: http://www.theplanner.co.uk/news/spatial-plan-for-the-north-moves-forward

The Planner

Lancashire delays fracking decision to consider legal advice

Members of Lancashire County Council have put off a decision on a controversial fracking proposal for shale gas submitted by Cuadrilla until next week.

The Planner

Official statistics reveal home ownership decline

Home ownership in England and Wales has fallen for the first time in a century, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The Planner

36,000 new homeowners since 2012 ‘proof’ that Right to Buy is working, says minister

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said figures showing 36,000 new homeowners since 2012 were 'proof' that the Right to Buy was "fulfilling the aspirations of hard-working people".


EU climate chief slams UK wind policy

The UK's decision to stop subsidising new onshore wind farms will make it harder to meet renewable energy targets, the EU's climate chief says.

BBC News

Network Rail ‘too big’ and should be broken up, says Branson

Network Rail is too big and should be broken up into regional units, Sir Richard Branson has told the BBC.

BBC News

House price lift in eastern England, say Land Registry

The rate of house price increase in the East of England has almost reached the level of the South East, latest figures show.

BBC News

Johnson announces four new housing zones for London

Boris johnson has unveiled a further four new housing zones, in Havering, Enfield, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets, to deliver more than 12,000 =homes, nearly 3,500 of which will be affordable.

GLA website

'Heart of Northstowe' secures first part of planning permission for 3,500 homes

The heart of a new town near Cambridge has moved a step closer to reality after the plans squeaked through the first part of its planning permission.

Cambridge News

40-storey student accommodation in Portsmouth rejected

Plans to build a student accommodation tower block in the heart of Portsmouth’s historic sites have been turned down by councillors.