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England round-up: RTPI London sets out priorities for the next mayor; Lewis wants to hear about the private rented sector’s needs

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 20 February-26 February, 2016

RTPI London sets out priorities for the next mayor

RTPI London is calling on the next mayor to increase the supply of affordable housing and tackle air pollution and congestion.

The Planner

Lewis wants to hear about the private rented sector’s needs

Housing minister Brandon Lewis says he wants to hear from those working in the private rented sector (PRS) about what it needs to move forward and increase supply.

The Planner

Northern Powerhouse ‘must plan for foreign investment’

Northern cities must better prepare their planning structures to attract foreign direct investment to fund the Northern Powerhouse, as Ofsted chief expresses concern over falling school standards in the region

The Planner

Fracking traffic would increase local air pollution, says study

Traffic generated by fracking in the UK would increase air pollution at peak travel times, according to research conducted by Newcastle University.

The Planner

Housing starts at seven-year high

More than 143,500 new build homes were started up to December 2015, according to figures released by the government.

The Planner

Average Londoner needs a 266% pay rise to buy a home

The average London home now costs £526,000 – 16 times the average Londoner’s salary of £33,000 a year, according to figures in a National Housing Federation report.

The Planner

Remodel maintenance depot to maximise job opportunities - HS2 committee

The final report by the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill Select Committee recommends that the maintenance depot at Washwood Heath should be remodelled to maximise local job opportunities.

The Planner

Solar panels proving to be a healthy investment

Funds generated from solar panels on Wigan social houses are on the rise, providing a boost for tenants, reports the council.

Wigan Today

L&G launches world’s biggest modular housing factory

Legal & General Capital has launched its modular housing business, which seeks to modernise the industry with factory assembled homes.

Construction Enquirer

Government criticised over lack of airport access planning

The chair of Parliament's transport committee, Louise Ellman MP, says the government's failure to take a clear lead on integrated transport planning is a major obstacle to better surface access to the UK’s airports. The transport committee urges the government to set out an integrated transport plan that connects airports across the country, boosting regional access and economic development.

ITV News

RTPI puts members views forward in National Planning Policy consultation response

The RTPI has responded to the UK Government’s consultation on changes to national planning policy as it applies in England and Wales.


Sajid Javid showcases the ‘Midlands Engine’ to Chinese investors

Business Secretary Sajid Javid will meet the Chinese Minister of Commerce for talks on inward investment into the Midlands.

UK Government

Growing shortage of social housing sparks Cannock Chase Council leader’s plea to MPs

Cannock Chase Council leader George Adamson says a reduction in social housing rents means that his council will lose £75.8 million from its 30-year home building programme.

The Planner

Tens of thousands of London homes deemed ‘long-term vacant’

Tens of thousands of London homes have been left uninhabited for so long that they are considered “long-term vacant”, with more than 1,100 of them empty for over a decade, according to data obtained by The Guardian.

The Guardian

Million-pound farm project to convert waste into green electricity

A million-pound renewable energy project at a Herefordshire farm will see waste turned into green electricity.

Hereford Times

Green light for world’s biggest wind farm off Suffolk coast

The green light has been given to build the world’s biggest offshore wind farm. The East Anglia ONE project will be built off the Suffolk coast and will cost around £2.5 billion. Work is due to get under way next year.

ITV News