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Planning news – 2 December 2021

Mayor secures housing funding for older and disabled Londoners
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that he has obtained £43.5 million of funding to help to develop specialised housing for older and disabled people in London.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Action on second homes and holiday lets boosted by Senedd pact
A cap on second and holiday homes is one of 46 policy areas in which radical action is promised following a deal struck between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru this week.
Roger Milne, The Planner

Permission for 39 homes granted on appeal quashed by High Court
The High Court has quashed a decision by a planning inspector to allow a developer to build 39 homes near Clitheroe owing to a misunderstanding of policy.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning application submission rates drop in October 2021

Typically, we would expect to see a rise in the number of applications submitted in October, following the quieter summer period through August and which often extends into September.

However, this year continues to surprise us as October saw a drop in the volume of planning application submissions – both compared to October 2020 and compared to the previous month of September 2021.

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How do I reset my password?

If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it by following the forgotten password process. 

Simply click on the ‘sign in’ link at the top left of the screen, select the ‘Forgotten password?’ link and enter the email address that you used to register your Planning Portal account.

Your password will be automatically reset and sent to you by email. The reset password will be a series of letters and numbers that are case sensitive, therefore we strongly recommended that when you first log in, you cut and paste your password into the password field to prevent any errors.

If you have problems creating a new password, please refer to our guidance.

If you have not received the temporary password email, please check your junk or spam folders. If you still haven’t received this email, please contact the Planning Portal service desk and we will set it for you.

If you need further assistance, visit our help pages on the Planning Portal.

I’m having trouble creating a password

When creating a new password on the Planning Portal it must meet the password creation criteria:

  • The password must be between 8-50 characters in length
  • It must be a mix of upper- and lower-case letters
  • It must contain at least one non-alphabetic character
  • It must not contain commonly used words and or numeric sequences.

If you are using common words and run into difficulties when trying to create a password, try replacing alphanumeric characters with special characters.

When you have met the password creation criteria a green tick will appear under the field indicating that your chosen password is valid. Additionally, on the forgotten password sign in page you will be able to click on the eye icon in the new password field to see what you are typing.

You then need to re-enter this password exactly in the next field. Please note, you won’t be able to cut and paste from the create password field to the confirm or re-enter password field.

How do I retain a copy of my application that is over 2 years old

For draft applications

Log in to your Planning Portal account, open the application. Make a change to the application. This will save the change and our system will identify it as a recently accessed application.

For submitted, transferred or archived applications

To keep a copy of an application that was submitted 2 or more years ago, you will need to go to the ‘Transferred’ tab on your ‘My Applications’ page and click on ‘Download’ to save an offline copy.

If your application is in your ‘Archived’ list, you will need to unarchive it to download a copy of the full application, including supporting documents.

Please note that downloading, (un)archiving or opening an application for amendment without making a change will not count as a modification to the application.

Please do not make an amendment to your application, unless you intend to resubmit changes back to the council.

How do I download an application to keep as a record?

Submitted applications

You can download full copies of submitted applications via your Planning Portal account. Simply log in to your account here:

Navigate to the ‘My Planning Portal’ page and scroll down to the ‘My Applications’ section.

Once here, select the ‘Transferred’ tab, to locate your application.

Next to your application on the right-had side under the ‘Actions’ column, there will be an option to ‘Download’. Click the link and follow the prompts.

If you have archived applications and want to download them, you will need to select the ‘Archive’ tab that will present a list of these applications.

Next to your application on the right-hand side under the ‘Actions’ column, there will be an option to ‘Unarchive’. Click the link which will return your application back to the ‘Transferred’ tab. Click on the ‘Transferred’ tab and next to your application on the right-hand side under the ‘Actions’ column, there will be an option to ‘Download’. Click the link and follow the prompts.

Draft applications

You can download and print draft application forms from your Planning Portal account. This version of a draft form holds all of the information relevant to your application; however, we have made some key changes to the draft forms which render them invalid for submission to Local Authorities.

This version of the application has the following:

  • A full page ‘DRAFT’ watermark
  • Removal of the Local Authority’s logo
  • Removal of the declaration box
  • Removal of the agent’s details.

You can view an example of a draft application here.

To download or print a draft application form, you can log in to your account, navigate to your ‘My Planning Portal’ page and scroll down to the ‘My Applications’ section. From there, click on the name of the application you would like to print or download. On the next screen, you will see a box containing the application details and a box showing the application completion status. Scroll down this page, until you reach a box entitled ‘Form Download’. In this box, click the words ‘Download form’. This will give you a copy of the information you entered onto the application form.

Planning Portal application service – What is changing?

We will soon be launching our new and improved online planning application service to our customers, and we’d like to let you know what the change will mean for you on day one.

The new application service will be available from early next year, before that we need to move our customer accounts, applications and supporting documents to our new system.

To comply with the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GDPR), we will only move over accounts, applications, and documents that have been accessed, created, or updated in the last two years. This means that if you haven’t accessed your account or specific applications for some time but wish to be able to in the future, you will need to take action before Friday 31 December 2021.

Please ensure you follow the steps below relevant to you to access your account and applications easily.

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Planning Portal Annual Conference: day one overview

On 15 – 18 November we hosted the third Planning Portal Annual Conference (and the second one delivered virtually). The week saw four days of industry experts come together to deliver insightful keynote speeches, panel discussions and breakout sessions.

Day one of the event was all about Planning Reform. One year on from the publication of the Government white paper Planning for the Future we heard from Joanna Averley, Chief Planner at the Department for Levelling Up, Communities and Housing. Discussing the 44,000 responses received in relation to the white paper, Joanna discussed how it highlights the importance of planning to everybody and promised that they are working to respond as soon as possible. In the meantime, she calls for all Local Authorities to progress with their local plans; to ignore the rumours about updates and to keep moving forward as many have out-of-date plans, or in fact, none at all. “It is always better to have a plan, it’s the most important way to shape the built and natural environment”.

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Planning news – 25 November 2021

Legislation will require new homes to have electric vehicle chargers
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has committed to legislation that will make it mandatory for new homes to have electric vehicle charging points installed from 2022.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

All neighbourhoods should have a parish council to aid levelling up, says report
A centre-right think tank has recommended strengthening the quality of governance in town and parish councils to help communities and places to level up.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Minister refuses proposal for Pembrokeshire solar park
Welsh climate change minister Julie James has agreed with an inspector and rejected a proposal for a solar park close to the Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park (PCNP) after accepting that its benefits did not outweigh the harm to best-quality agricultural land.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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A Market View of Permitted Development

Our latest Planning Market Insight Report included a feature from Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH). Below are their thoughts on the effects of the new Permitted Development (PD) rights.

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Planning news – 18 November 2021

Kwarteng approves South Humber Bank Energy Centre
Energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has granted a development consent order (DCO) for EP Waste Management Limited’s nationally significant South Humber Bank Energy Centre scheme.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Swanscombe named as an SSSI
Swanscombe Peninsula has been selected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Natural England’s board at a public meeting.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Council sets up placemaking company
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council is establishing a placemaking company to drive forward stewardship-led regeneration across the area.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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