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England round-up: Queen’s Speech confirms city devolution, housing and HS2 bills, Leicestershire councils to consider combining

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 23 May-29 May, 2015

Queen’s Speech confirms devolution, housing and HS2 bills

Planning industry professionals have welcomed city devolution and housing bills, “but the devil will be in the detail”.

The Planner

City devolution bill offers chance for political rebalancing

Planning industry professionals say the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill presents a real opportunity to address the needs of a growing population, but it is ”vital towns between cities are not left behind”.

The Planner

Changes to onshore wind worry investors

Renewable energy industry professionals have expressed concerns over onshore wind measures announced in the Queen’s Speech.

The Planner

Housing bill welcome, but more needs to be done

The government’s focus on boosting housing supply through a housing bill has been welcomed by planning industry professionals, but more needs to be done to enable builders “to build the homes of tomorrow”.

The Planner

RTPI seeks partner for housing project

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is seeking a partner to undertake research on the spatial implications of housing development in a number of the UK’s fastest-growing city-regions.

The Planner

World Town Planning Day conference abstracts called for

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is calling for abstracts for the World Town Planning Day Online Conference 2015.

The Planner

Pressure mounts on councillors to reject application for Brighton Wheel to stay, but officers say it can remain

A seafront battle royale is looming after planning officers backed the Brighton Wheel to stay in place even after the rival i360 tower has opened.

The Argus

From floating cities to high-rise farms: Experts outline the future of Britain’s architecture 

Frequently the preserve of wealthy Londoners unable to build outwards, underground basements have often become as notable for the neighbour disputes they cause as for the eye-watering prices they command.


Which is the safest city in the world? - report

Urban safety isn’t just about avoiding muggings. Sanitation, immigration and even air-traffic control all matter – often in ways you wouldn’t imagine.

The Guardian

Thames Water signs £520m green energy deal

The utility firm is to get electricity from the Drax power plant in Selby, Yorkshire, which is converting from coal to biomass.

Sky News

Plans for 297 new homes across Sheffield agreed

Plans for almost 300 new houses and apartments across Sheffield have been approved by councillors.

Sheffield Telegraph

Leicestershire councils to consider combining

Council leaders are due to meet to discuss combining Leicestershire into a single authority.

BBC News

Nottingham cycling routes get £6.1m funding

A £6.1 million investment programme to improve cycling routes in Nottingham has been revealed.

BBC News