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England round-up: Rural areas at risk unless government acts on housing and austerity; £2.3bn housing infrastructure fund launched

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 1 July-7 July, 2017

Rural areas at risk unless government acts on housing and austerity

Rural areas in England could become ‘enclaves of the affluent’ unless the government tackles the lack of affordable housing and the impact of austerity on local services, says a group of national organisations.

The Planner

Javid sends recovery task force to Kensington and Chelsea council

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has said he is putting in place an independent recovery task force to Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council to help it deal with the long-term recovery of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Planner

Grayling launches transport investment plan

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced a long-term strategy for government infrastructure spending in Britain, including money for a major new road network.

The Planner

£2.3bn housing infrastructure fund launched

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has launched a £2.3 billion fund aimed at unlocking sites for 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand.

The Planner

Self and custom build homes market on the rise

The UK’s self and custom build housing market has recorded its third consecutive annual rise, according to new research.

The Planner

RTPI publishes Environmental Impact Assessment note

The RTPI has said it thinks that chartered town planners who have suitable experience in preparing EIAs are competent experts.


Campaigners concerned over HS2 compensation offer for Doncaster estate

HS2 campaigners have raised concerns after compensation offers were made on a threatened Doncaster estate before a final decision on a route is made.

The Star

Unesco's ‘final warning’ for Liverpool’s World Heritage status

Liverpool could lose its World Heritage status next year over the city's £5.5 billion waterfront development, warns Unesco.

BBC News

A14 Cambridge to Huntington upgrade takes shape

The government has published new aerial photographs of the upgrades to the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

UK Government

Billion-pound connectivity boost

The government has announced a new digital infrastructure investment fund that aims to unlock over £1 billion for full fibre broadband across the country.

UK Government

£50 million investment in M6 Knutsford roundabout

Highways England has announced that it is planning a major, £50 million improvement of the roundabout at junction 19 of the M6 motorway near Knutsford.

UK Government

Developers return with second appeal over plan for eight new Bloomfield Park flate

An appeal has been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate after Bath councillors rejected a proposal to build eight flats near the Oval, Juniper Homes.

Bath Chronicle

New fourth lane opens on M3 smart motorway

Main construction on a £174 million project to upgrade the M3 in Surrey and Hampshire to a smart motorway has been completed on time, says Highways England.

UK Government

Councillors set to be bowled over by Sheffield housing plans

Plans to build an almost 140-strong housing development on Sheffield Hallam University’s former cricket pitch look set to be approved.

Insider Media

Landowners and planners could hold key to ending rural housing crisis

Nearly two-thirds of rural landowners in the South-East would build new homes to rent or buy if they had more confidence in the attitudes and processes of local planning authorities, research has suggested.

On the Wight

London loses more than half of LGBT+ venues in a decade

London has lost 58 per cent of its LGBT+ venues since 2006, according to research by University College Urban Laboratory.

Greater London Authority

Developer resubmits homes plans

Developer Gleeson Homes has resubmitted plans for up to 254 new homes on the site of the Hogs Back Brewery’s hop garden in The Street, Tongham.

Farnham Herald

Plans unveiled for new West Midlands rail interchange

Plans for a major strategic rail hub to boost the West Midlands’ economy have been announced. (Thursday 14 April 2016).  If approved, it could create between 6,500 and 8,500 new jobs.

West Midlands Interchange

Public consultation to begin on lifting of planning curbs around HS1

A public consultation will open on Monday 10 July 2017 on proposals to reduce planning restrictions along the high-speed rail route between London St Pancras and the Channel Tunnel, the government has announced.

UK Government

Green light for £60m student scheme

Plans to build a £60 million student development on a former Durham golf course have been approved, with the proposal likely to bring hundreds of jobs to the area.

Insider Media

Bringing an ancient landscape back to life

As part of the Living Landscapes initiative, the London Wildlife Trust has been awarded a grant of nearly £700,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund to revive the Great North Wood.

Love Lambeth

Corbyn adds new faces to shadow team

Former Manchester police commissioner Tony Lloyd has become Labour’s housing spokesman.

BBC News

Derelict building will be converted into seven flats

Loughborough College has had planning permission granted to transform a former educational centre that has stood derelict for nearly three years into seven residential flats in the town centre.

Loughborough Echo