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Planning news – 12 July 2018

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MPs: Mineral planning authorities best placed to decide fracking applications
A group of MPs have cautioned against government proposals to bring fracking applications under the remit of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime, instead concluding that mineral planning authorities are best placed to decide such applications.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

New HS2 ECML depot to be built in Leeds
Following a public consultation, transport secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed that the new HS2 rolling stock depot will be constructed in the east of Leeds, driving forward local regeneration and creating up to 125 skilled jobs.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

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Planning news – 5 July 2018

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MPs vote to expand Heathrow
MPs have voted 415 to 119 to approve the government’s chosen scheme, as detailed in its Airports National Policy Statement, of expanding Heathrow Airport by building a third runway.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

London’s Royal Docks regeneration approved
The London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) has given its consent to plans that could see 4,000 homes built at the Royal Docks.
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Planning news – 28 June 2018

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Brokenshire announces combustible cladding consultation
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has announced a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings, which is set to end on 14 August 2018.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

HS2 plans to build a green corridor alongside railway
HS2 Ltd has announced its plans to deliver a green corridor comprising new wildlife habitats, native woodlands and community landscapes alongside the High Speed 2 route.
Laura Edgar, The Planner
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How long should a house last?

A house is likely to be a person’s biggest asset, and people need to know that their house structures will be sound for several lifetimes.  The lifespan of any building very much depends upon the materials from which it is built – so it’s a really important decision for builders to make.
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Planning news – 21 June 2018

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Council challenges inspectorate’s decision for 350 homes
South Gloucestershire Council has announced that it will challenge a planning inspector’s decision to approve 350 homes in Thornbury.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Government considering 41 new marine protections
Environment secretary Michael Gove has set out plans to create 41 new Marine Conservation Zones across the UK, totalling nearly 12,000 square kilometres of marine habitats.
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Planning news – 14 June 2018

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Raab announces development corporation powers for councils
Housing minister Dominic Raab has launched new powers for councils that will see them able to seek government approval to establish a New Town Development Corporation.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

UCO and GPDO consolidation looms
The Welsh Government has begun consultation on the potential consolidation of the Use Classes Order (UCO) and General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) regimes as well as changes to both.
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Planning Portal and Federation of Master Builders sign partnership agreement

The Planning Portal and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) are pleased to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, signalling their intent to work more closely together for the benefit of their joint customers and members. Read more…

Planning news – 7 June 2018

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LGA warns against NPPF changes to housing targets
The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government not to implement planned changes to the National Planning Policy Framework that will ‘impose often undeliverable’ housing targets on councils.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Two energy NSIP projects submitted
The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has received an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for a gas generation and battery storage project in Yorkshire, and a second application for the Abergelli Power Project.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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What will BIM mean for planning in 2025?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a 3D-modelling process which involves collecting and managing as much information as possible on current or proposed structures. We would like to know if you currently use this technology and what BIM means to you and your organisation.
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Planning news – 31 May 2018

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Planning authorities should consult fire & rescue services when considering applications, says Hackitt
Local planning authorities should consult with a newly created body on high-risk residential buildings (HRRB) to ensure that in the event of a fire, the building is accessible to rescue services.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Shale gas development is of ‘national importance’
The housing and energy secretaries have issued a joint statement declaring that the development of shale gas is of ‘national importance’ and that mineral plans should not place restrictions on its extraction.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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