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News in Brief: National Park initiative supported by London Assembly, Scotland misses climate change target

Words: Laura Edgar

A round-up of planning news: Tuesday 9 June, 2015

London Assembly supports national park initiative

Members of the London Assembly have proposed a motion to support the Greater London National Park City initiative. Welcoming the Greater London National Park Initiative, Jenny Jones AM, who proposed the motion, stated that the London Assembly celebrates the “huge natural diversity in London, a city that more than eight million people share with over 13,000 other species”. The assembly is now calling on Mayor of London Boris Johnson to get behind the campaign to make Greater London a national park. Read more here.

Sheffield HS2 station bid costs £190,000

Lobbying for a proposed HS2 station to be moved to the city centre from Meadowhall has cost Sheffield City Council £190,000, according to figures obtained by BBC Look North through a Freedom of Information request. The council says having the station in the centre of the city could generate 6,500 more jobs. A spokesperson for Sheffield City Council told the BBC that the differences between a station in the city centre and a station at an out-of-town parkway “are vast.” A city centre station would help to create a Northern Powerhouse, according to the council spokesperson.

Scotland fails to meet climate change target

For the fourth year in a row Scotland has missed its climate change target. Although Scottish greenhouse gases fell between 2012 and 2013 by 3.6 per cent, the Climate Change (Scotland) Act requires a minimum 42 per cent fall in emissions by 2020.

Councillors call on NHS England to bid for S106 money

Councillors across South Derbyshire are calling on NHS England to bid for money in planning developments after it missed out on £313,000 for a development in Newhall. The planning committee recently approved plans for 570 homes in the village, just outside Swadlincote. Despite £4 million being put forward as part of Section 106 agreements, it was revealed at the planning committee meeting that the NHS had failed to secure £313,000 because it didn't bid for the extra support.

River Teme receives HLF support

The restoration of the River Teme is a step closer now the Springs of River project is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The HLF has approved a development grant worth £204,000 to allow Severn Rivers Trust to develop plans for a full £3 million grant for its Springs of River project, aimed at restoring the wildlife and revitalise the historic communities along the river.

Cotswolds to get faster broadband

Isolated Cotswolds villages will soon get access to faster broadband. Rural broadband network Gigaclear will provide Guiting Power, Chedworth, Whelford, Bibury and Icomb with broadband of up to 1 gigabit per second by 2017. The contract is worth £10 million, £7 million of which is to be invested by Gigaclear, with the remaining £3 million from the public purse.