Backlog of 1.1 Million Homes

There are well over 1 million homes with planning permission waiting to be built, according to analysis just published by the Local Government Association.

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Taller Masts on the Way

This means that telecommunication companies will not need planning permission for increases in height up to a maximum of 25 metres.

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Pollution in Ascot Demands Action

Levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are 20% higher at Station Hill in Ascot than they are at the Royal Berkshire and Sunningdale Golf Clubs, according to a study carried out by Imperial College London.

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Historic Windsor Route Faced With Solar Farm

What would King John make of solar panels being built on his route from Windsor to Winchester?

John was King of England at the time of the Magna Carta in the 13th Century and made journeys along the Three Castles Path, which passes through Ascot Racecourse.

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The Secretary of State Intervenes

A proposal for 1,000 homes at Sandleford Park is to be determined by the Secretary of State. This follows the Council’s refusal to grant permission for the scale of housing, a new primary school, the expansion of a 6th form academy and a commercial centre, arguing that the scheme would be harmful and unsustainable.

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Taking The Country’s Temperature

Windsor & Maidenhead and Bracknell Forest are amongst the healthiest areas to live in the country, according to the Office for National Statistics. The Royal Borough has come third with Bracknell Forest close behind in sixth place.

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The Electric Vehicle Revolution

The rapid emergence of electric cars is going to transform the role of the “petrol station” in our towns and villages, or anywhere we go to “fill up”.

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Creating “Beautiful” Places

The Ministry for Housing has announced further plans to accelerate housing development. This follows the publication of its Planning for the Future white paper last summer where its consultation in the autumn on the proposals resulted in 44,000 responses.

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Berkshire Garden Town

Plans for a new garden town that would deliver a minimum of 15,000 dwellings have been halted. The site is at Grazeley which is south of Reading, located south of the M4 and west of the A33.

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