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Local Plan Watch: Greater Manchester authorities reach local plan milestones

Local Plan Watch: Greater Manchester authorities reach local plan milestones

Two Greater Manchester boroughs have reached key milestones in their local plan preparation, with Rochdale adopting its core strategy in October and Salford last month publishing a draft local plan for consultation.

Javid blocks 119 homes over Jodrell Bank interference

Javid blocks 119 homes over Jodrell Bank interference

The communities secretary has backed a Cheshire council's refusal of permission for 119 homes because of the potential interference the proposals could cause to a nearby 'world-class' observatory and telescope.

Cheshire council performs U-turn over watersports centre approval

Cheshire council performs U-turn over watersports centre approval

A Cheshire council has performed a U-turn and rejected plans for a watersports and outdoor activity centre at a former quarry in the green belt, following a resolution to approve the plans, against officer recommendation, in August.

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Why fracking approvals are seen as positive signal for shale gas

Why fracking approvals are seen as positive signal for shale gas

The communities secretary's decision to back exploratory works at two sites in Lancashire has been hailed as a major boost for the shale gas industry, but environmental campaigners are scrutinising the outcome for loopholes.

What would Burnham mayoralty mean for Greater Manchester?

What would Burnham mayoralty mean for Greater Manchester?

Regenerating the outlying towns of Greater Manchester will be a priority for Labour's candidate Andy Burnham if he becomes the conurbation's mayor, the MP said this week.

Local Plan Watch: Lancashire authority brings forward plan ahead of agreement on unmet need

Local Plan Watch: Lancashire authority brings forward plan ahead of agreement on unmet need

News that a west Lancashire borough has published a draft local plan containing a housing requirement of 370 homes per year features in the latest Local Plan Watch update.

Why Greater Manchester's mayor may lack planning clout of London counterpart

Why Greater Manchester's mayor may lack planning clout of London counterpart

Labour front-bencher Andy Burnham has won the race to be his party's candidate for Greater Manchester's first elected mayor, but it is not immediately clear whether Burnham, or whoever wins the contest, will grab hold of game-changing planning levers.


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