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Latest News Stories - 24 April 2014

PM calls for planning changes to deliver infrastructure
Prime Minister David Cameron has stressed the need for further measures to streamline the planning system as he and Chancellor George Osborne highlighted that more than 200 projects in rail, road, local transport, flood defences, broadband, airport infrastructure and waste management are due to start construction in 2014 to 2015.

Affordable housing challenge surfaces in Gloucestershire
A Gloucestershire landowner is challenging the affordable homes requirement for two major residential schemes at Lydney after claiming that the proposals for a combined total of well over 1,000 houses will only be viable if the requirement for an element of social housing is removed.

Land deal moves motor racing scheme closer
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council has agreed in principle that six parcels of land it owns totalling nearly 200 hectares can be made available to the company planning an ambitious motor racing development in Ebbw Vale which must replace some 263 hectares of common land affected by the scheme if the project goes ahead.

Mixed fortunes for turbine appeals
Proposals for single wind turbine wind farms in Cornwall and Cumbria have had mixed fortunes after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles recovered the appeals for determination.

Essex tourist attraction scheme rejected
Proposals for a tourist attraction centred on a former tomato nursery at Horkesley Park, some eight kilometres from Colchester town centre and west of the A314 on the edge of the Stour Valley, have been dismissed on appeal by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.  

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