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England round-up: RTPI urges government to deliver housing white paper; Raynsford review aims for ‘fairer’ planning system

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 24 June-30 June, 2017

RTPI urges government to deliver housing white paper

The RTPI has urged the government to not delay in delivering the housing white paper and to set out clearly a target of delivering one million homes by focusing on practical measures that can be acted on quickly.

The Planner

Construction industry lays bare the skills shortage

An ageing workforce and an unattractive image of the job means the construction industry is lacking the skills and capacity to deliver the homes the country needs, an audience at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference heard.

The Planner

Raynsford review aims for ‘fairer’ planning system

A root-and-branch review of the English planning system aims to see how it can be made ‘fairer, better resourced and capable of tackling the major challenges which confront the nation’.

The Planner

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough agree transport investment

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has agreed a £2.25 million investment to improve transport across the region.

The Planner

Complete the RTPI membership survey

RTPI members are being encouraged to take part in the Institute's all-member survey.


Concerns over 145 homes plan ‘being ignored’

Residents’ concerns over plans for 145 homes in Fordingbridge are being ignored, say town councillors.

Salisbury Journal

Inland Homes secures planning consent and land sale

Inland Homes has secured planning consent for a hotel and apartments in Bournemouth and agreed the sale of a residential site in Farnborough.

Insider Media

Planning blueprint hanging in the balance

The fate of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan lies in the hands of a High Court judge, after a consortium of three developers took the community-backed planning blueprint to a judicial review.

Alton Herald

Planners rebuild dilapidated building near Appleby

A dilapidated and damaged building in Wearisome, on the southern edge of Appleby, has had building works carried out on it by Eden District Council’s planning department after legal notices were served on the owner.

Cumbria Crack

Airport will have to be sold off to pay debt

Plymouth City Airport will have to be sold to pay off a debt of £22.5 million, says the company that owns the leasehold on the land.

Devon Live

£500m scheme to overhaul derelict Stafford land ahead of HS2

A £500 million vision to bring homes, offices and a hotel to Stafford on land near to the railway station has been unveiled.

Express & Star 

Major scheme to build 350 homes withdrawn

A controversial appeal for 350 homes on the southwestern edge of Winchester at Vale Farm has been withdrawn by developer Linden Homes.

Hampshire Chronicle

£6.1 billion programme of upgrades to major roads and motorways published

Transport minister Jesse Norman has announced a £6.1 billion programme of road improvements as part of the government’s £23 billion upgrade to the road network in England.

UK Government

New railway connection to London Luton Airport approved

Luton Borough Council has approved plans for a new railway station at London Luton Airport so that trains can run directly to the terminal.

BBC News

First Elizabeth Line train enters passenger service

The first Elizabeth Line train has started passenger service between Liverpool Street and Shenfield on the TfL Rail route, following extensive testing and preparations.

Railway Technology