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England round-up: Trans-Pennine road tunnel options published; London council protects its pubs from conversion

Words: Laura Edgar
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A round-up of planning news in England: 13 August-19 August, 2016

Trans-Pennine road tunnel options published

A series of studies have been published this week – one listing five potential routes for the Trans-Pennine route between Manchester to Sheffield.

The Planner

Infrastructure can be used to unlock housing – RTPI

The ability to unlock large housing developments should be made an explicit criterion in assessing infrastructure, says the RTPI.

The Planner

London council protects its pubs from conversion

Wandsworth Council has removed permitted development rights from 120 of the borough’s bars and taverns.

The Planner 

Application submitted for more than 2,500 homes in West Sussex

An outline planning application for a new community, including up to 2,750 homes, on land north of Horsham, West Sussex, has been submitted to the council.

The Planner 

Clark approves ‘world’s largest’ offshore wind farm

Energy secretary Greg Clark has granted development consent for what will be the world’s largest wind farm – Hornsea Project Two off the Yorkshire coast.

The Planner

Approval given for 460 new homes in Holmer

The first urban expansion outlined in Herefordshire Council’s local plan has been given the go-ahead.

Hereford Times

Number of home owners moving house hits eight-year high

The number of existing home owners moving house has reached its highest level since 2008.

ITV News

Plans for new development in St Ives to go to public inquiry

Controversial plans for up to 165 new houses on the edge of St Ives will now be decided at a public inquiry.

West Briton 

HS2 bosses ‘don’t know’ numbers of homes facing demolition on new South Yorkshire route

HS2 officials have admitted that they do not know how many homes could be demolished on their revised high-speed rail line through South Yorkshire.

The Star 

Fears over HS2 impact on Uxbridge nature reserve

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett visited Uxbridge to learn more about fears that the HS2 rail link between London and the north of England will ruin a nearby nature reserve.

Get West London 

Council picks up appeal costs for St Albans green belt homes bid

A nursery has lost its appeal to build 28 new homes on a green belt site – but the applicants have successfully argued that the district council should play some of their costs.

The Herts Advertiser

London sees sharp decrease in new-build purchases

Planning approvals in London may be on the up - but new-build house sales are plummeting across the capital.


Hatton Garden jewellery district ‘faces extinction over Crossrail rent rises’

Huge rent increases ahead of the start of Crossrail services threaten to destroy Hatton Garden jewellery quarter, warns a local business leader.

Evening Standard

Plans submitted to demolish former Windhill school

Plans have been submitted to demolish a derelict school building - Woodend Primary School - described as an “eyesore” and replace it with 10 new starter homes in Windhill.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus 

£10m of new home loan funding for London

Some £10 million worth of new loan finance is now on offer to housing projects in London after Big Issue Invest - in partnership with the Greater London Authority - launched the BII London Housing Fund.