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England round-up: Right to Buy should be more flexible, Labour promises devolution to English regions

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 4 April-10 April, 2015

Right to Buy should be more flexible

The next government should adopt a more flexible approach to the Right to Buy scheme, say councils.

The Planner 

Labour promises devolution to English regions

The Labour Party has unveiled proposals to devolve London style-powers to regulate public transport in towns and cities in England as part of its local election campaign.

The Planner

Plans for new homes in village are axed

The plans, put forward by J H Hallam and Son Limited, were for outline permission to build up to 49 dwellings on land off Beech Drive in Thornton.

The Hinckley Times

£1.6m scheme boosts supply of affordable housing in Blackburn

Contractors have completed work on a development in Blackburn that will boost the supply of affordable homes and support wider housing regeneration in the area.


Most popular housing policies ‘address UK’s chronic shortage of homes’

The most popular housing policies in the run-up to the general election address the UK’s chronic shortage of homes, research has revealed.


Ledbury housing plan is resubmitted

A developer has resubmitted plans for 321 new homes to the south of Ledbury, just seven days after an earlier application for the same number of houses was refused by Herefordshire Council.

Hereford Times

Controversial Chulmleigh wind turbine application approved

A controversial application to build a wind turbine at a farm near Chulmleigh has been approved.

North Devon Journal

UK’s Network Rail completes upgrades on line between London and Norwich

UK’s Network Rail and Abellio Greater Anglia have completed significant upgrades on the line between London and Norwich.

Railway Technology

Oil discovery near Gatwick airport ‘significant’

There could be up to 100 billion barrels of oil onshore beneath the South of England, says exploration firm UK Oil & Gas Investments (UKOG).

BBC News

Hampshire flood defence scheme funding brought forward

Central government funding has been brought forward for a number of flood defence schemes across Hampshire.

BBC News

700-home Hants scheme set for approval

Plans to redevelop nearly 155 acres in Hampshire to make way for a major mixed-use development including hundreds of new homes are set to be approved.

Insider Media

Councillors say ‘no’ to Burbage homes

Members of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s planning committee went against the council officers’ recommendation.

The Hinckley Times

Historic pub demolished without permission

A historic pub in Kilburn that survived being bombed in the Second World War has been demolished by developers without permission from the council.


New masterplan submitted for £5bn East London development

Developers have submitted a revised masterplan for the £5 billion Greenwich Peninsula mixed-use development in East London.

Workplace Insight

Camden could become ‘Borough Market of North London’ market

Market Tech project manager Teddy Sagi has appointed builder Mace to oversee the redevelopment of Camden Lock Village - a swathe of Camden close to the canal and the famous Hawley Arms pub.

Evening Standard

What housing costs could tell us about votes in the election

A growing number of young people are giving up on the idea of owning their own home, according to a new report by the bank Halifax.

The Conversation