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England round-up: "super sewer" granted, 3,700 homes for Grantham

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning stories in England: 6-12 September, 2014

Plans for 3,700 homes in Grantham

A planning application to build 3,700 homes in Grantham, Lincolnshire, has been submitted to South Kesteven District Council by Buckminster Estate. As well as housing, the Spitalgate Heath urban extension also includes plans for a primary and secondary school, employment space and woodlands. 
Development consent granted for London "super sewer"
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has given consent for the Thames Tideway Tunnel to be built and operated. The tunnel, a major upgrade of London's Victorian sewer system, will run from the Acton Storm Tanks in West London to the Abbey Mills pumping station in East London, with a storage capacity of 1,250,000 cubic metres. Construction is expected to start in 2016 and be completed by 2023.
South Downs National Park oil drilling bid rejected
Plans to carry out test drilling for oil and gas in the South Downs National Park in West Sussex have been rejected by the authority's planning committee. Members unanimously turned down Celtique Energie's bid for permission to conduct exploratory work near Fernhurst.
Concern as Bourne affordable homes plan is dropped
A councillor is calling for a level playing field for builders, after a firm was allowed to drop affordable homes from its plans for 46 houses. Linden Homes took the proposal back to South Kesteven District Council for the section 106 agreement to be reviewed. Councillors agreed with their argument that the development was not viable if it included affordable homes.
Aldeburgh nature reserve becomes salt marsh after floods
A Suffolk nature reserve flooded during December's tidal surge will be left as permanent salt marsh. Suffolk Wildlife Trust, which owns Hazelwood Marshes near Aldeburgh, said it was "pragmatic" not to repair breached river defences.