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News in Brief: funding for cycling in national parks, Hucknall cash boost

Words: Laura Edgar
Peak District

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 10 February, 2015

£2.7m boost for cycling in National Parks

Transport minister Robert Goodwill has announced that five national parks are set to benefit from £2.7 million to help develop cycling facilities. The funding will go towards creating additional cycle routes, improving links between national parks and surrounding areas. The five national parks are: Dartmoor (£675,000), Yorkshire Dales (£450,000), South Downs (£450,000), Peak District (£430,000) and Norfolk and Suffolk Broads (£715,000). Goodwill said: “This funding will open up cycle access to some of the country’s most scenic routes.”

Nottinghamshire town receives £8.5m

Baroness Kramer, minister for transport, has announced that Hucknall will £8.5 million funding to reduce traffic congestion, provide faster bus services and improve cycling facilities and road junctions. The town centre will also be made more pedestrian-friendly. Nottinghamshire County Council will lead the project, which is due to start in August this year.

Nearly 300,000 Welsh homes can now get superfast broadband

A UK roll-out of superfast broadband has reached 299,876 properties in Wales. Internet speeds of more than 24 Mb/s can now be used by properties not covered by existing commercial networks. Wales Office minister Alun Cairns said: “Superfast broadband helps businesses to work effectively. Reaching this milestone shows the huge transformation in our digital landscape and how determined we [the government) are to get as many people as possible online.”

Grantham Bypass legally challenged

Larkfleet Homes has launched a legal challenge against the Grantham Bypass, which was granted planning permission in 2013. The company wants to build 550 properties on a different site and said it is concerned about the environmental impact of the bypass.

Glasgow Crossrail

The Scottish Labour Party has committed to funding the Glasgow Crossrail scheme. Jim Murphy, party leader, told the Core Cities conference in Glasgow that Holyrood’s new borrowing powers should be used to fund the project, which would link services in the north and east of the region to the south and west. The Crossrail could potentially carry up to four million passengers a year.