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News published May 2015

  • No Planning Bill in Queen’s Speech but plenty of planning-related legislation

    Published: Friday, 29th May 2015

    Although there was no stand-alone planning bill promised in this week’s Queen’s Speech there is plenty to exercise planners and planning authorities in the government’s first legislative programme.

  • House building momentum on the up

    Published: Friday, 29th May 2015

    Official statistics released this week show that 40,340 new homes were started in England during the first three months of this year, the highest quarterly number since 2007.

  • Application submitted for Trowbridge 2,500-home urban extension

    Published: Friday, 29th May 2015

    An outline planning application has been submitted to Wiltshire Council by Ashton Park Trowbridge and Persimmon Homes for a mixed-use urban extension including 2,500 homes in south-east Trowbridge.

  • Top wildlife sites under threat

    Published: Friday, 29th May 2015

    Many of England’s top wildlife sites are under threat from pollution, inappropriate grazing (particularly by deer) and the impact of invasive species.

  • Ofgem launches power plant planning probe

    Published: Friday, 29th May 2015

    Energy watchdog Ofgem has opened investigations to see if five generators provided false or misleading information to National Grid about planning consents for some of their proposed generating units.

  • Planning round-up 28 May

    Published: Friday, 29th May 2015

    Greater Cambridge local plan hiatus. Pickles knighted for services to local government. Go-ahead for Lancashire landfill extension. Brecon Beacon barn conversion charges row. And more stories...

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