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Farmers urged by WWF to do more to prevent flooding

Farmers receiving public grants should be forced to capture water on their land to prevent floods downstream, environmentalists have said.

Green group WWF said farmers should get subsidies only if they agreed to create small floods on their own land to avoid wider flooding in towns and villages.

The average family pays £400 a year . . . → Read More: Farmers urged by WWF to do more to prevent flooding

Pickles blocks Lancashire homes despite housing land shortage

24 January 2014 by Michael Donnelly, Planning Resource

The communities secretary has rejected an appeal against a council’s refusal for up to 345 homes on the edge of Clitheroe in Lancashire after concluding that the council’s lack of a five-year housing land supply was outweighed by the development’s potential impact on local roads.

Developers Huntroyde . . . → Read More: Pickles blocks Lancashire homes despite housing land shortage

Planning Portal – Report questions household projections

The Planning Portal writes:

New research suggests that English councils could be underestimating housing need by up to 30 per cent in some cases because of an overreliance on official household projection data, according to the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

That’s the key finding of a study commissioned by the RTPI from the University . . . → Read More: Planning Portal – Report questions household projections

Pickles blocks Essex green belt development

By Pete Apps via Pickles blocks Essex green belt development | News | Inside Housing.

Eric Pickles has blocked a green belt development overturning a planning inspectorate decision it should go ahead to combat a ‘severe lack’ of housing.

The communities secretary said allowing the homes to be built would ‘undermine’ green belt national policy.

. . . → Read More: Pickles blocks Essex green belt development

Moves to end flood prevention plans delay

By Roger Harrabin – BBC Environment analyst

A four-year delay to rules meant to prevent new housing developments making floods worse could finally be ended.

Policy has been paralysed, with builders rejecting demands that they should install ponds and grassy hollows to catch water running off roofs.

There is still deadlock on this but it . . . → Read More: Moves to end flood prevention plans delay

Permission granted to challenge Cheshire draft neighbourhood plan

Permission granted to challenge Cheshire draft neighbourhood plan

Barratt Homes and Wainhomes have been granted permission for a judicial review of the emerging Tattenhall Neighbourhood Plan. 16 Dec 2013

Planning

The claim was brought by the housebuilders in October on the ground that the plan is technically flawed. The claim questioned the impartiality of the . . . → Read More: Permission granted to challenge Cheshire draft neighbourhood plan

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