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England round-up: Spending Round cash for the environment, but is it enough?; HS2 phase 1 opening delayed until 2031

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 31 August-6 September, 2019

Spending Round: Cash for decarbonisation, air quality and biodiversity

Chancellor Sajid Javid has committed £90 million to help decarbonise the UK, improve air quality and increase biodiversity in his one-year Spending Round.

The Planner

Spending Round: Reaction

The Spending Round committed funds to decarbonising the UK, reducing homelessness and supporting the regeneration of high streets. Built environment professionals have welcomed the funding – but is it enough?

The Planner

HS2 phase 1 opening delayed until 2031

HS2 chairman Allan Cook has advised the Department for Transport that it would be ‘more prudent’ to plan for an opening of phase 1 of the project between 2028 and 2031, rather than 2026.

The Planner

Controversial Jaguar Land Rover application approved for campus in Leicestershire

North West Leicestershire District Council’s planning committee has approved Jaguar Land Rover’s plans for a new distribution centre at junction 11 of the M42 near the village of Appleby Magna.

The Planner

Social care handed additional £1.5bn

Chancellor Sajid Javid heralded the ‘end of austerity’ during his Spending Round statement, as he handed out £1.5 billion for social care.

Public Finance

Walsall football club’s major revamp faces demolition threat

Planning officers are seeking permission to take enforcement action against Sporting Khalsa FC, which could result in the removal of a number of developments including its main 3G pitch, changing rooms and a hospitality suite.

Birmingham Live

Colchester Council refutes ‘no five-year land supply’ claims

Colchester Council has hit back at a planning inspector’s claims that the authority cannot demonstrate a five-year housing supply.

Halstead Gazette

New plans for homes in Crimple Valley

Revised plans to build dozens of homes in the Crimple Valley have been lodged with Harrogate Borough Council.

Stray FM

4,000 jobs created by fund to kick-start commercial developments

A multimillion-pound war chest to kick-start new commercial property developments and transform acres of former industrial land has helped to create more than 4,300 new jobs. 

West Midlands Combined Authority

Rough sleepers in Walsall to benefit from Housing First scheme

A scheme to help rough sleepers off the streets in the West Midlands has been given a boost in Walsall.

West Midlands Combined Authority

Liverpool plans £172 million sustainable transport investment

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has announced plans to invest £172 million in public and sustainable transport to drive inclusive growth across the city region.

Infrastructure Intelligence

Waheed Nazir to leave Birmingham council

After 10 years, Waheed Nazir has announced that he is stepping down from his role at Birmingham City Council as director, inclusive growth.

Birmingham City Council

Great Places Housing Group backed by £20.5m injection

Great Places Housing Group has secured an extra £20.5 million boost through its Homes England partnership to build 534 properties across the North West.

Insider Media

Sprinkler review for high-rise homes

Thousands of residents will benefit from safer homes under proposals that would see sprinklers installed in new high-rise blocks of flats, the government has announced.

UK Government

Government-funded cycling routes revealed

A £20 million government investment will see 20 new and improved cycling routes established in England.

UK Government

Groundbreaking marks investment in affordable housing

Dover District Council and local main contractor Jenner Group have broken ground on a major new affordable housing project in Dover town centre.

Dover District Council

MP presents petition calling for controversial railway depots near Northampton to be rejected

An 18,000-strong petition calling for the government to reject controversial plans for two new railway depots near Northampton has been presented to Parliament.

Northampton Chronicle

300-home estate outside Lichfield refused

Plans for more than 300 homes and a neighbourhood centre on the edge of a village have been thrown out by Lichfield councillors – despite claims they are needed for older residents.

Express & Star

Climate change blamed for lack of purple hills 

The sight of bright purple heather on English moorland is at risk because of climate change, warns the National Trust.