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Brokenshire blocks Cheshire retail park plans over town centre viability concerns

Brokenshire blocks Cheshire retail park plans over town centre viability concerns

Plans for a retail park in Cheshire have been refused by the secretary of state on the grounds that the proposed development would undermine the viability of Stockport and Macclesfield town centres.

High Court quashes sewage works consent over environmental assessment failure

High Court quashes sewage works consent over environmental assessment failure

A High Court judge has overturned a council's extension of a planning consent for an emergency sewage outflow on a river in Cumbria, after ruling that the authority did not carry out the proper environmental assessments required under European law.

RTPI calls for single planning body and strategic vision for the North

RTPI calls for single planning body and strategic vision for the North

A single planning body should be established to develop an "overarching spatial vision" for the whole of the North of England, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.

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How we did it: Creating new role to protect local heritage

How we did it: Creating new role to protect local heritage

Adopting a more proactive role in protecting heritage led Sefton Council to create a new post to take on the task, Mark Wilding reports.

Is Wirral Council finally getting serious about plan-making?

Is Wirral Council finally getting serious about plan-making?

Faced with the threat of government intervention, Wirral Council has published its action plan for improving its tardy plan-making. The plan shows no evidence of willingness to review the green belt, and reveals that the council's plan production timetable has slipped again. But it also discloses significant recruitment of officers and advisers, and a pledge to meet housing need as calculated by the government's standard method.

How we did it: Winning £102 million from the government's Housing Infrastructure Fund

How we did it: Winning £102 million from the government's Housing Infrastructure Fund

A new garden community project in Cumbria was boosted after a successful bid for government funding towards a key link road, reports Colin Marrs.

How Greater Manchester lost £68m in government infrastructure funding

How Greater Manchester lost £68m in government infrastructure funding

The decision by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to reduce the housing target for the city has seen the government pull £68m of infrastructure funding pledged as part of a housing deal, in a move which will have implications for other cities.


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