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16/06/2015

News in Brief: Lewis announces rental homes in London, Lancashire fracking gets nod for approval

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 16 June, 2015

Deal to provide rental homes in the capital

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has announced that three multi-million pound deals will provide more than 1,000 new homes specifically for private rent in London. The agreement, part of the £1 billion Build to Rent fund, will see £252 million invested in building 1,353 homes across key sites in London – 903 homes will be built in Stratford’s Olympic Village, 277 are to be built in Newington Butts in Southwark, and 172 homes are planned for sites in Hammersmith, Westminster and West Kensington. Work is scheduled to start immediately and is expected to be completed in 2017 and 2018.

Rise in use of ultra-low emission vehicles

Transport minister Andrew Jones has welcomed an increase in the number of new ultra-low emissions vehicles registered in the UK. In the first quarter of 2015 9,046 ultra-low emission vehicles were registered - a rise of 366 per cent from the first quarter of 2014.

Lancashire fracking recommended for approval

Lancashire County Council has published a report with a recommendation to approve a planning application from shale company Cuadrilla to develop a site in Little Plumpton, while an application for Roseacre Wood has been recommended for refusal. Although Cuadrilla has welcomed the recommendation for approval at Little Plumton, Friends of the Earth has expressed its disappointment with the decision.

Concerns raised for rare birds if wind farm approved

RSPB Scotland has raised concerns at a public inquiry about the future of some special breeding birds if a Scottish Southern Energy 39-turbine wind farm gets planning permission. The scheme is planned for Strathy South in north-east Sutherland. The charity has expressed concerns for the golden eagle, hen harrier, merlin and golden plover, among others. RSPB Scotland’s submission explained the impact of Strathy South on hen harriers, which are already under pressure in the UK from “illegal persecution”. Scottish ministers will make the final decision on the wind farm application.

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