Log in | Register

News in Brief: Planner reader survey – final call for entries; Four more London housing zones announced

Words: Laura Edgar
Tower Hamlets

A round up of planning news: Tuesday 30 June, 2015

The Planner 2015 reader survey closes this Friday

We at The Planner are asking readers to take part in our 2015 reader survey, and the deadline is fast approaching. The survey is part of our continuing programme to ensure that The Planner and its associated newsletter and websites fulfil the role you as RTPI members require of it. The survey asks you to rank our performance in terms of news, features and engagement with the audience. The deadline to complete the survey is this Friday, July 3, 2015. To take part in the survey, please go to: http://bit.ly/theplannersurvey

Four more housing zones revealed for the capital

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced a further four housing zones across London in an attempt to accelerate efforts to deliver the much-needed new housing. The zones are on the boroughs of Havering, Enfield, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets. Together, the Greater London Authority says, they will deliver more than 12,000 homes - 3,500 of which will be affordable housing. Two new rail stations will be created to serve the areas. The mayor said: “By freeing up empty brownfield sites from lengthy approval processes and providing a funding boost, we can ensure new housing capacity is created in areas where it might never otherwise have happened. I am very pleased that the announcement of four more housing zones today brings us within touching distance of our aim to create 50,000 new homes through this innovative scheme.”

Funding declared for £34m of green space

Historic parks and cemeteries across the UK are to receive a share of £34 million of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Funding. The grants will go to 16 sites. The full list can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website.

£600m proposed for South Wales metro

South-east Wales is, according to a BBC Wales report, set to receive £600 million for a new metro within five years. The report says the service would cover Cardiff and the Valleys, and be made up of “light rail, trams, improved trains and faster buses”. The scheme, says the BBC, would be running by 2020, with work starting in 2017.

Empty homes fund for Scotland

Scottish housing minister Margaret Burgess has announced a new £4 million fund aimed at bringing abandoned homes and empty high street spaces back to life. The Scottish Government’s Town Centre Empty Homes Fund would, the Scottish Government says, help to revamp empty homes and convert derelict commercial spaces into affordable homes. Registered social landlords and developers can apply for funding.

Cardiff transport hub plans revealed

The City of Cardiff Council has chosen the preferred architect to plan a transport hub in the city. Foster and Partners has been recommended to the City of Cardiff Council’s cabinet as designer of the scheme after winning a competition initiated by the council and Rightacres Property Ltd. The company has designed a masterplan that features a new bus interchange to link commuters to bus, train, bicycle and taxi networks in Central Square.