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Automatic planning permission for brown field sites

Leeds City Council has revealed there are currently planning approvals in place to build more than 17,000 homes, but more could be on the cards, built at a faster rate, if the Government's shake up of national planning guidelines gets the go ahead.

Houses being built Credit: ITV

The 'Fixing the Foundations’ package of national proposals aims to encourage more new homes by allowing developers automatic planning permission to build on suitable disused industrial ‘brownfield’ sites; they'll be enhanced compulsory purchase powers to allow more brownfield land to be made available for development; and the possibility of major housing projects to be fast-tracked.

But concerns have been raised by Leeds City Council, who need to provide permission for 70,000 new homes by 2028. They say they need to be sure a system's in place to prevent badly designed, unplanned environments, which are devoid of affordable accommodation.

It’s not just about saying which sites are suitable for housing, but getting other factors such as highways, design and affordable housing right before development takes place. There is a risk with the government’s proposals for ‘streamlining’ planning that you lose some of the detail that matters most to people.

– Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council

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World's biggest liners could be heading for Hull

Some of the world's biggest cruise-liners could soon be heading to Yorkshire after plans for a new cruise terminal took a big step forward. Hull City Council has backed plans that would see a new berth for the liners created on the Humber, close to the city centre, creating hundreds of jobs and bringing millions of pounds of tourists' cash to the area. But there is concern from some living near the waterfront that the area is not suitable as James Webster reports.

A wee problem in Sherburn-in-Elmet

Campaigners trying to save a public toilet in North Yorkshire, have vowed to fight on, even though work to demolish it has begun.

Selby council say removing the old block in Sherburn in Elmet will improve the look and feel of the village and say it has the support of the local parish council.

But protest leader Malcoln Dowson claims the facilities, which have stood for over 100 years, are much needed because the population is growing and the toilets should be refurbished.

Food banks feed equivalent to Dewsbury's population in last year

New figures from the Trussell Trust have shown that over 60,000 people in the Calendar region have relied on food banks in the last year.

The equivalent to the population of Dewsbury have used food banks in the last year Credit: Press Association

60,186 people received three days' emergency food from the charity's food banks the equivalent of feeding the population of Dewsbury for three days.

The charity has 450 food banks nationwide, which are run in partnership with churches and communities.

Last year the UK public donated 10,280 tonnes of food.

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Morrisons announces huge losses and store closures

Stores to close

The Bradford-based supermarket chain Morrisons which today announced pre-tax losses of £792 million for the year to February 2015 is to close 23 convenience stores, with the loss of 300 jobs.

The supermarket is under severe pressure from the discount rivals Aldi and Lidl, as well as its traditional competitorss Tesco, Asda and J Sainsbury. Morrisons is waiting for its new chief executive Dave Potts to take over next week after predecessor Dalton Phillips quit.

East Coast mainline privatisation branded as "madness" by unions

Rail union campaigners have protested at stations along the East Coast main line to mark the route's return to private ownership.

The RMT union say it should stay in the public sector because it's provided the Treasury with millions of pounds since it was taken over six years ago following the collapse of National Express.

But from tomorrow it will be handed over to be run by private firms Virgin and Stagecoach.

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