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England round-up: Sports training centre approved in Loughborough; Row over plans to dig up London's oldest allotments

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 13 May-17 May, 2017

Sports training centre approved in Loughborough

Charnwood Borough Council has approved plans for a state-of-the-art national sports training centre at Loughborough University.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Plaid Cymru promises to escalate energy renewables

Plaid Cymru has promised to fund new Welsh railways, roads and affordable homes as well as increase energy generation from renewable energy sources.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Lib Dems vow to build 300,000 homes a year

The Liberal Democrats have set a target of building 300,000 homes a year for sale and rent as well as creating 10 new garden cities.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Labour vows to resource planning departments

The Labour Party has pledged to ‘properly resource and bolster’ planning authorities with fuller powers so that communities are at the heart of planning.

The Planner

General Election 2017: Conservatives to change planning law for shale applications

The Conservative Party has pledged to deliver an additional 500,000 homes by 2022, on top of the current target to deliver one million by 2020, as well as to change planning law for shale applications and digitise the planning process.

The Planner

Row over plans to dig up London’s oldest allotments

A row has broken out over plans to dig up London’s oldest allotments to build ‘desperately needed’ homes for vulnerable pensioners.

Evening Standard

70 new homes on way to Black Lake under £13m plan

Developer Woodbourne Group has submitted a planning application for 53 houses and 17 apartments to the local council, backed by the local enterprise partnership and MP Adrian Bailey.

Express & Star

Leeds Beckett Uni submits £75m arts building plan

Leeds Beckett University has submitted plans to build a landmark £75 million creative arts building in the heart of the city.

Construction Enquirer

London house price growth grinds to a halt

London is the region with the second slowest house price growth in England and Wales last month, a survey has suggested.

City AM

Three new villages on fringes of Bristol to 1,800 affordable homes

Hundreds of affordable homes will be built as part of plans to create three new villages on green belt land on the outskirts of Bristol, according to plans by Taylor Wimpey.

Bristol Post

Council approves further consultation on local plan

Guildford Borough Council has voted overwhelmingly to proceed to a further round of public consultation on the changes made to the draft local plan, following the public consultation last year.

The Guildford Dragon

New-look watersports centre plans set for go-ahead

Ambitious proposals to create an activity centre for wakeboarders, kayakers and swimmers on a green belt site near Alderley Edge look set to be given the go-ahead.

Insider Media

Lego hits 100% renewable energy target three years early

After spending almost £700 million over four years on investments into offshore wind farms, the Lego Group has reached the point where total output from the invested projects exceeds the total energy use consumed at all Lego factories, stores and offices globally.


Khan urged to join forces with newly elected mayors in Brexit group

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been urged to join forces with newly elected mayors across the country to form a heavyweight Brexit group.

Evening Standard