Planning & Construction News

Planning & Construction News

The latest UK planning & construction news, including development, management, housing, retail & town centres, development plans, market information and contributions from key authors such as Karen Alford, Peter Capelhorne and Peter Hansford.

Building commences on high-rise flats in London

Telford Homes building 33-storey flats in London

London housing developer, Telford Homes, will start work on the high-rise residential flats in September after securing forward sales worth £70m... Within four weeks, Telford Homes had pre-sold 148 units following a UK-only sales launch. Straford Central, or Angel Lane as the site is also known, will be completed by...
China to benefit from UK green building knowledge

China to conform to British building standards

Britain will work with the Chinese to establish green techniques in their construction industry... Building Research Establishment (BRE) has signed an agreement to set up a research and development centre in Shenzhen, China, aimed at promoting green construction standards in the country. From this centre, training could be provided to...

Planners overstated Oxfordshire’s housing need

CPRE planning expert claimed a report stating that the county would need to build 100,000 homes in the next 15 years was “cobbled together”... The Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) for Oxfordshire, which was published in March, recommended that councils needed to build 40,000 more homes than previously anticipated. However,...

The housing crisis requires ‘tough decisions’

Business Secretary, Vince Cable said more houses need to be built, even if it means using green belt... With housing inflation reaching 'dangerous levels', Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills said Britain needs to make tough decisions regarding how to double the number of new homes...

215,000 households in England at risk of eviction

Research compiled by housing charity, Shelter, finds that between April 2013 and March 2014, 215,305 possession orders were issued across England... Data gathered from a Ministry of Justice census shows that many homeowners and private or social tenants received possession notices during the 11 month period, amounting to the equivalent...

Plans could see councils building on green belt

Plans unveiled by Labour could enable councils to decide whether or not new estates should be built on greenbelt... The report, due to be presented to the Labour leadership later this summer, discusses relaxing national planning rules to enable councils to build on green belt land. The report also discusses...

Welsh schools to receive £1.4bn for improvements

The Welsh government plans to rebuild or refurbish over 150 schools in Wales over the next five years... As part of the devolved government's 21st Century Schools programme, over 150 schools in the country will receive a share of £1.4bn to create modern schools that provide a good learning environment....

Cuadrilla submit plans for shale gas exploration site

Cuadrilla Resources are set to submit a planning application to Lancashire County Council to drill, hydraulically fracture and test the flow of gas from up to four exploration wells at its proposed exploration site at Preston New Road… Once the planning application for Preston New Road has been validated by...

House building is on the rise

Government figures show growth in the housing industry... Figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) show that 36,450 new homes were started in the first quarter of the year. This figure is 11% higher than the previous quarter, and a third higher than the same time...

Navitus windfarm clears latest planning hurdle

Proposals to build the Navitus Bay windpark - which would be the largest provider of clean energy in southern England - were given a significant boost today when the Planning Inspectorate accepted that it should go to ‘examination’… The application for the proposed offshore wind farm was submitted on 10...

Farm wind turbine application dismissed

FARMERS hoping to build a wind turbine to provide electricity for an organic dairy farm have received another blow after their appeal against its rejection was dismissed… The Badham Farms owners appealed to The Planning Inspectorate last year after East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee rejected the application for a...

Northampton regeneration project gets approval

Planners have given the go-ahead to Northamptonshire County Council’s ambitious plans to transform derelict land in the heart of Northampton into a new headquarters and office building… Councillors on Northampton Borough Council’s Planning Committee gave permission to the plans at a meeting on 7 May and now work will continue...

Flood mitigation project set out

Bath & North East Somerset Council and the Environment Agency are working together on a major infrastructure project which will provide flood defences for parts of Bath’s city centre and begin to build a positive relationship between the city centre and the River Avon… The Bath Quays Waterside Project will...

Northumberland fight for greenbelt

According to Hexham Conservative Guy Opperman, the county is facing a “D-day” in its fight over protection of greenbelt land… Opperman has said that residents fighting housing schemes and local authority plans to delete sections of greenbelt to make way for residential and business development, would win or lose in...