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Planning news – 11 April 2019

Brokenshire to look again at office-to-residential conversions
The government will review the conversion of offices into homes without planning permission after a leading Conservative MP lambasted the policy for allowing ‘social cleansing’.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Business secretary approves Teesside power station
Business secretary Greg Clark has granted a development consent order for a major power plant on Teesside.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Brokenshire warns developers to protect local wildlife
Communities secretary James Brokenshire has written to developers reminding them of their legal obligations to protect wildlife during building work.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Architect of the Year Awards – 1 May

We’re pleased to be sponsoring these prestigious awards this year, celebrating some incredible work by a variety of architectural practices.

Its now just 3 weeks to go until the glittering awards night at the Westminster Park Plaza in London, so if you haven’t already booked your place at the event time is running out!  You can find out more and book your place here. Read more…

Planning news – 4 April 2019

Application submitted for new community in Kent
An outline planning application for a garden town comprising more than 8,000 homes has been submitted to Folkestone & Hythe District Council.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Malthouse names five new garden towns
Housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced the five successful bids to create new towns across England. Between them, these settlements could deliver 64,000 homes.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Central Bedfordshire Council lodges link road plans
Central Bedfordshire Council has submitted a planning application to create a new link road between the M1 and A6.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

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Planning news – 29 March 2019

Government pledges cash for road schemes
The A1231 in Sunderland will be dualled and a new road will be built in Shrewsbury to help commuters avoid congestion, the government has said.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Arc residents are concerned for countryside, suggests poll
The Campaign to Protect Rural England has called for an inquiry into proposals that will see a million homes built across the Oxford-to-Cambridge Arc by 2050.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 21 March 2018

Brokenshire outlines permitted development plans
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has outlined plans to extend permitted development on the high street, and to review conversions to residential use amid quality concerns.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Highways England reveals plans for ‘Missing Links’ scheme
Highways England has unveiled plans for a multi-million pound scheme to upgrade a key route linking the Midlands and South West.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

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Planning news – 14 March 2019

Cash approved for East Mids Development Corporation
The government has signed off £2 million in funds to go towards establishing an East Midlands Development Corporation.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Government signs off offshore wind sector deal
A government-industry sector deal for offshore wind has been signed off by energy secretary Greg Clark. It could see the number of related jobs triple to 27,000 by 2030.
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Planning Portal process over £135 million in planning application fees, using new payment service

It’s been six months since our financial transaction service was launched and in that time we’ve processed over £135 million in planning application fees on behalf of local planning authorities – quickly reconciling and releasing applications with the associated fees to local authorities, so they can start the validation process.

This mammoth figure puts all of our hard work and all of the obstacles we overcame to get here into perspective. It demonstrates why it was so important for us not only to get the technology right, but also to master the processes behind the scenes.  Since we announced the launch of the service, we have worked closely with local authorities and submitters to further develop the process and make sure that everyone is benefiting from the improvements to the system. Read more…

Planning news – 7 March 2019

£1.6bn town fund proposed
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a £1.6 billion fund will be established to boost growth in places that have not benefited from the ‘proceeds of growth in the same way as more prosperous parts of the country’.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Ports should have same weight as residential in local plans
The requirements for ports should be included in local plans, in the same way that residential, commercial and industrial developments are, according to UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG).
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Invalid planning applications – survey

At the Planning Portal, we are always working towards minimising validation delays. Over recent years we have conducted research in partnership with agents and local authorities to help us understand more about the issue of invalidation.

This research has highlighted some of the main reasons behind invalid applications and has led to the launch of ReQuestaPlan, our compliant site location and block plan tool, and more recently our application payment service. It has also helped us to improve the advice and guidance we give to customers submitting applications, bringing down the number of invalid applications across the country. Read more…

Planning news – 28 February 2019

Local plans key to improving high street health
The large-scale structural change of high streets in order to improve their health requires intervention led by local authorities in partnership with communities. Local plans are a key element of this.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Reducing emissions held back by construction skills gap
Advances in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions have been held back by the skills gap in construction, housing design and the installation of new technologies.
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