Budget boosts EZs and City Deals and launches moves to reform the CPO regime
The Government used this week’s Budget announcements to signal moves to extend the City Deal model, to expand a number of Enterprise Zones and create brand new zones at Blackpool and Plymouth, subject to business cases.
Birmingham gears up for major developments
Birmingham City Council has unveiled a 10-year master-plan for the comprehensive redevelopment of part of the city centre to provide a new mixed-use quarter with 1,000 new homes.
Pickles approves Suffolk solar farm but Cornish project blocked
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has changed his stance and approved planning permission for Lark Energy’s proposed 24 megawatt solar farm on Ellough Airfield in Suffolk originally refused by Waveney District Council and initially blocked by him.
Leeds housing scheme appeal dismissed over loss of local character
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has dismissed an appeal over developer Thornhill Estates’ 400-home development proposed for Farsley in west Yorkshire which Leeds City Council had failed to determine in the prescribed period.
London BIDs urge action on offices to homes conversion policy
Most of London’s Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have urged ministers to exempt the capital from the change to permitted development rights which mean offices can be converted to housing without planning permission.
News round-up 19 March 2015
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