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27/03/2015

England round-up: Think tank calls for devolved infrastructure powers, poll shows people care about heritage

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 21 March-27 March, 2015

Poll shows people care about heritage

With Historic England set to come into being in April, research suggests that people in England recognise and protect nationally significant sites in their localities.

The Planner

UK needs fracking regulatory supremo

There should be a dedicated regulator for onshore underground energy to address the UK’s current planning and regulatory system, says a new report.

The Planner

Think tank calls for devolved infrastructure powers

Senior university researchers are calling for devolved infrastructure powers and funding for local authorities to solve the UK’s infrastructure needs.

The Planner

South-east city loses office space to permitted development

Brighton and Hove has lost 750,000 square feet of office space, given consent to be converted into 745 flats, over the past 18 months because of permitted development, according to research.

The Planner

HSBC headquarters to relocate from London to Birmingham

The headquarters of the personal and business arm of HSBC bank will relocate from London to Birmingham, it has been announced.

BBC News

Government’s green light for massive solar energy park capable of powering 12,000 homes

The giant solar energy park planned for the outskirts of Swindon at Wroughton is expected to start producing power this autumn after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles gave it the go-ahead.

Swindon Business News

UK GIB, Irish ESB to jointly invest £70m in Essex renewable energy plant

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and Irish utility Electricity Supply Board (ESB) will jointly invest £70 million in a new £190 million renewable power facility at the Port of Tilbury, Essex.

CTBR

Salford Council to waive another £1.6 million in planning fees

In the latest round of planning giveaways, Salford Council is set to waive obligations for the provision of 111 affordable houses and £1.68 million in planning fees for developers building more than 500 flats and houses in Ordsall and Walkden.

Salford Star

Northern towns are 'most desirable' places to live in UK - study

A Royal Mail survey of postcodes in the UK has revealed the most popular places to live, with Bebington in Merseyside coming out on top in England, Neilston in Scotland, Morriston in Wales, and Craigavon in Northern Ireland.

BT News

Government has ‘no convincing case’ for HS2 rail

The government has yet to make a convincing case for spending £50 billion building the HS2 rail link between London and the North, says a report by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee.

Engineering and Technology Magazine 

Network Rail awards Heathrow link design contract

Britain’s infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) has awarded a contract to US-based Jacobs Engineering Group for surveying work and design for a new western rail link to London’s Heathrow Airport.

International Railway Journal

Preston tops table of UK's 'unhealthiest High Streets'

A league table of the ‘unhealthiest High Streets’ has named Preston in Lancashire as the UK’s worst offender.

BBC News

Teesside £19m flood defences scheme under way

A £19 million scheme to improve flood defences for hundreds of homes and businesses on Teesside is under way.

BBC News

RTPI Convention: The New Politics for Planning

Bookings are now being taken for the RTPI’s The New Politics for Planning convention, which will take place on Tuesday 7 July, 2015.

Planning Convention

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