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England round-up: Sunak pledges £12bn for infrastructure bank; Fusion power plant suggested for Nottinghamshire plant

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of panning news in England: 27 February-5 March, 2021

Budget 2021: Sunak pledges £12bn for infrastructure bank and publishes prospectus for ‘levelling-up’ fund

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has used his 2021 Budget to promise that the new UK infrastructure bank will be able to deploy £12 billion of equity and debt capital and be able to issue up to £10 billion of guarantees.

The Planner

Reaction: Chancellor has ‘missed a trick’, says RTPI

The RTPI has warned that the government’s plans to reopen the high street will not work if it proceeds with its proposals to extend permitted development rights.

The Planner

Fusion power plant suggested for Nottinghamshire plant

Next week Rushcliffe Borough Council’s cabinet will discuss a non-binding expression of interest for the Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station site to accommodate a Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) power station.

The Planner

Application submitted for centre of Hull

A planning application for a development in the centre of Hull has been submitted to the city council.

The Planner

London council announces design team for regeneration scheme

Southwark Council has announced the appointment of a team of architects who will design plans to transform the Currys PC World site on Old Kent Road.

The Planner

ASFP calls for more funding to address identified fire safety failings in buildings

The body that governs the passive fire protection sector is supporting calls for greater funding to address identified fire safety failings in tall buildings.

Facilitate Magazine

Decision on Grimshaw’s HS2 Euston station design expected next month

A review of Grimshaw’s proposals for HS2’s station at Euston is expected to reach its conclusion next month.

Building Design

Detail on Sizewell C design changes requested

The Planning Inspectorate has asked for more information about changes to plans for the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station.

New Civil Engineer

'Cramped' development plan thrown out in Willenhall

Plans to create a new shop and eight apartments in Willenhall have been thrown out over fears the development would be 'cramped'.

Express & Star

Jenrick urged to create a single council for North Yorkshire

Former Conservative leader William Hague has thrown his weight behind plans to create a single council in North Yorkshire as he claimed that splitting the county into two “would generate needless challenges”.

Yorkshire Post

Estate reveals plans for 4,000-home community

Proposals have been revealed for a new community of more than 4,000 homes in North Yorkshire from the owners of Escrick Park Estate.

Insider Media

Flexible working will mean less carbon generation 

After the pandemic, office workers will be seeking “substantially greater flexibility in determining where, when and how they work”, according to an analysis by consultancy Advanced Workplace Associates. 

Facilitate Magazine

Khan urges council to reinstate Kensington High Street cycle route

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to reinstate protected cycle lanes on Kensington High Street after independent research found a clear majority of local residents support them.

Greater London Authority

HS2 to ‘rewild’ 127 hectares around its 10-mile Chilterns tunnel

A ‘rewilding’ of arable fields by HS2 will create 127 hectares (314 acres) of wood pasture, wetlands and flower-rich grassland using chalk taken from tunnelling under the Chilterns.

The Guardian