Lancashire councils seek views on joint local plan

A report that consultation has begun on a joint local plan being prepared by three central Lancashire authorities features in today's newspaper round-up

Three Lancashire councils have published an issues and options consultation on a proposed joint local plan, according to Place North West. The website reports that Preston City, South Ribble Borough and Chorley Borough Councils are seeking views on development in the area over the next 15 years. Two calls for sites have already been made, leading to more than 500 submissions for housing and employment sites, according to the article.

The Guardian has published a collection of interviews with disgruntled residents of council estates who oppose plans to demolish and regenerate their local areas. The paper said that in London alone, more than 80 estates are earmarked for demolition. The paper claimed that all residents on these estates "share the stress of seeing their living conditions deteriorate, and the uncertainty of not knowing where home will be in the near future". 

UK insurance firm Legal & General has built up a pipeline of 3,500 affordable homes in a partnership initiative with housing associations, the Guardian reports. The firm created an affordable housing business last year, backed with £750m of investment. It told the Guardian that it aims to achieve a target of building 3,000 homes a year by 2022. So far, it has completed two schemes in Falmouth, Cornwall and an office conversion project in Croydon, Greater London.

Aberdeen’s Christmas Village event has not applied for the required planning permission, according to the BBC. It reports that the market should have applied for permission because it will last for longer than the 28 days under which a temporary change of use is allowed. A council spokesperson told the BBC: "In the absence of planning permission for a development that requires planning permission, it is for the planning authority to decide whether it is expedient to take enforcement action, and it is the planning committee that authorises enforcement action."

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