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England round-up: UK species face extinction and decline; Hinkley gets green light, but with new strings attached

Words: Huw Morris
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A round-up of planning news in England: 10 September-16 September, 2016

Hinkley gets green light, but with new strings attached

The first nuclear reactor to be built in the UK in two decades took a major step forward after the government gave the go-ahead to the controversial Hinkley Point C scheme.

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Panel launched to unlock West Midlands land

A special panel has been launched to advise the West Midlands Combined Authority on unlocking hundreds of hectares of undeveloped land.

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UK species face extinction and decline

The UK is among the “most nature-depleted countries in the world” with one in seven species facing extinction and more than half in decline, according to a major report.

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Massive investment for Birmingham HS2 regeneration

Some £900 million will be committed to regenerating the area around the planned HS2 Curzon Street Station in Birmingham.

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Professions tackle government on Brexit fears

The UK’s construction skills crisis could severely worsen if the government fails to secure access to a skilled workforce after Brexit, warns a coalition of professional groups.

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MPs cast doubt on HS2 timetable and costs

Ministers have been told by MPs to set out a “realistic” timetable for delivering HS2 and to come clean on its costs.

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Government responds to MPs on air pollution

The government has reaffirmed plans for clean air zones in response to MPs’s calls for more action on air pollution.

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Bernstein calls it a day at Manchester

Manchester City Council’s chief executive, Sir Howard Bernstein, has announced that he will retire next spring.

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Ombudsman slates Plymouth over handling of planning application

Plymouth City Council has been severely criticised and told to apologise to residents for “significant harm” to their neighbourhood.

Plymouth Herald

Major factory outlet near Tewkesbury gets go-ahead

A £60 million factory outlet in Ashchurch could be up and running within three years.

Gloucestershire Live

Plans to rebuild Brighton’s historic Shelter Hall win consent

The £11 million plan to regenerate part of Brighton’s seafront has taken a major step forward.

Juice 107.2

Macclesfield out-of-town retail park set for approval

Cedar Invest’s outline planning application to Cheshire East Council is recommended for approval at a meeting next week despite objections.

Inside Media

Historic Mayfair cinema faces closure in row with developer

The Curzon in London’s Mayfair, a regular host of film premieres, is facing closure in a row over soundproofing with a developer building flats above the cinema.

Evening Standard

Developer submits £100m Newcastle housing plans

Newcastle-based property developer Adderstone Group has submitted proposals for three major residential schemes in Newcastle.


Billionaire’s plans for £65 million derelict mansion approved

A Ukrainian-born billionaire has secured planning permission to restore a derelict mansion on the edge of London’s Hampstead Heath.

AOL Money UK

Developer told plans will not be supported

The company behind plans to develop the Fistral Bay Hotel, Newquay’s worst eyesore site, has been told the scheme will not receive planning support.

Newquay Voice

Parish Council demands homes plan call-in

A West Sussex parish council is demanding that the government calls in a housing development proposal after similar interventions nearby.

Bognor Regis Observer