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Emmerdale provisionally approved for soap fan tours

Plans to turn the Emmerdale village into a tourist attraction have been provisionally approved by the planning authority in Leeds today.

Emmerdale could be open for public tours Credit: ITV News

The set, on the Harewood estate, could soon be opened on weekends to tourists. The soap's bosses say it would have economic benefits to the local community - but some residents say it would increase traffic and cause a disturbance. The final decision will be made by the chief planning officer.

Controversial North Yorkshire fracking plans submitted to County Council

A controversial application to frack for shale gas in North Yorkshire has been submitted to the North Yorkshire County Council.

Plans to frack near Kirby Misperton are being submitted today Credit: Press Association

The firm behind the plans, Third Energy, wants to frack at a site just outside the village of Kirby Misperton, North of Malton. Residents fear the proposals will destroy their village, and lead to fracking being allowed across the county, however, Third Energy say local people have nothing to fear about their plans.


Lincolnshire wind farm plans abandoned

A Swedish energy company has stopped the development of the Nocton Fen Wind Energy Project after assessing the impact of proposed changes to planning policy by the UK Government.

It’s obviously disappointing to stop development of Nocton Fen as it would have delivered significant benefit locally and generated affordable, clean and renewable energy for tens of thousands of homes every year.

It was clear that proposed changes to onshore wind planning in England introduced increased risk in the process. Stopping the scheme now is a sensible decision.

– Vattenfal

Corrie favourite gets green fingers in support of allotments

If you were thinking about growing your own vegetables - but you don't have enough space - now couldn't be a better time, apparently as waiting lists for allotments are at an all-time low

Helen Steel visited one allotment in Huddersfield, where tenants have applied for a grant to grow more of their five-a-day.

And a famous face leant his support too:

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


Peregrine to solve penguins' pigeon problem

Two birds of prey are being drafted in to help the penguins at the Deep, in Hull with a bird problem.

The penguins at the Deep have been struggling with a pigeon problem Credit: Press Association

Flocks of pigeons have taken a liking to the penguins' outside balcony and are unsettling them, meaning they can no longer go outside.

Staff hope that Barry, a 5-year-old Peregrine Falcon, and Rik, an 18-month-old Harris Hawk will keep the nuisance birds away.

Spurn Point visitor centre causes controversy

People living close to Spurn Point have been shown the latest plans for a controversial new visitor centre.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust wants to build a new two storey building in the village of Kilnsea with a car park for visitors. They say it will help them to educate the public about the unique landscape as well as providing toilets and refreshments. However, some people nearby are opposing the development which they think is unnecessary and spoils the landscape.

Jan Crowther is a local resident:

Grimsby MP calls for more support for coastal flood protection

The MP for Great Grimsby is calling for more support for coastal communities to protect them from flooding, Melanie Onn has today spoken in parliament , saying that a funding shortfall could put homes and people at risk.

She says more financial relief, improved warning systems and better drainage is needed. But DEFRA, which oversees government funding for flooding projects, says it is spending more than £2 billion over the next six years.

Duncan Wood spoke to Ms Onn and began by asking what her biggest concerns for coastal communities are:

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