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Telford & Wrekin Council: Publicly owned solar farm

In 2014, Telford & Wrekin Council became only the second local authority in the UK to build a publicly owned solar farm. It took less than 18 months between the initial plans being proposed and construction being completed.

Effective delivery of strategic sites: Beeston, Nottingham

The site is significant in contributing to both councils’ housing land requirement (but is appropriately recognised in NCC policy terms as a regeneration site and therefore not unduly relied upon for the purposes of housing delivery calculations). 

Effective delivery of strategic sites: Milton Keynes

Established by endowment by the Milton Keynes Development Corporation at the outset of the New Town in 1967, the Parks Trust manage much of the green space within Milton Keynes, funded through the ownership of local assets as well as income from leisure and recreation uses within the city’s greenspace. 

Effective delivery of strategic sites: Devon

The current East Devon Local Plan (adopted January 2016) defined the current extent and subsequent guidance for the new community and its expansion is set out in the Cranbrook DPD, the subject of an ongoing examination.   

Effective delivery of strategic sites: Peterborough

The Core Strategy included a single criteria-based one-page policy (CS5) for the two urban extensions, cross referring to other district-wide policy requirements and without any plans other than the proposals map which showed the site boundary.

Effective delivery of strategic sites: Knowsley

Akin to many of the councils in the Merseyside area, Knowsley’s urban area is constrained by Green Belt at its edges. 

Effective delivery of strategic sites: Rugby

It took 15 years of land promotion following the identified closure of its radio station activities before the site was allocated as a Sustainable Urban Extension in Rugby Borough Council’s Core Strategy, adopted in June 2011. 

Effective delivery of strategic sites: Birmingham

As one of the largest development sites in the City, the decision to release the land from the Green Belt for approximately 6,000 homes was driven by the council’s desire to create new communities with all supporting infrastructure.   

Effective delivery of strategic sites: Milton Keynes Strategy for 2050

As part of the preparation for the new city of Milton Keynes reaching its half century, the Milton Keynes Futures 2050 Commission - a group of nine individuals, chaired by the Vice Chair of Cranfield University, with other commissioners being either experts in their fields or local champions - produced a series of reports entitled ‘Milton Keynes: Making a Great City Greater’.  

Effective delivery of strategic sites: Association of South Essex Local Authorities

The Strategic Growth Locations Study (SGLS) was prepared to establish a level of understanding of the potential for growth change and investment across a South Essex, a diverse geography facing considerable challenges in meeting growth needs.