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Planning News – 13 June 2019

Developer contributions to be made simpler, says Malthouse
Housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced changes to developer contributions to make the system simpler and accelerate the pace of homebuilding.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning system drives up house prices in expensive areas, says report
High house prices in expensive cities have been caused by the planning system’s rationing of new homes in areas of high demand, according to a report out on 11 June.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Woking and Truro to receive infrastructure funding
Housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced a £142 million investment in infrastructure to aid the delivery of homes in Woking and Truro.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 6 June 2019

The UK requires a spatial plan
The UK2070 Commission has proposed that the UK requires a spatial plan to guide its future development.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

MHCLG publishes land use stats
The biggest land use category in England is agriculture at 63 per cent while 8 per cent of England’s land is developed, according to statistics published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Yarmouth river crossing to be examined by inspectorate
A proposed scheme for a new highway crossing of the River Yare in Great Yarmouth has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – May 30 2019

Permitted development for home extensions comes into force
The extension of permitted development rights to allow homeowners to extend their properties without a full planning application – as well as high street conversions to offices and homes – has come into permanent effect.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Deals agreed with local authorities to deliver 4,000 homes
Homes England has agreed funding deals worth £55 million to deliver 4,000 homes across England.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

A38 improvement scheme will be examined
The Planning Inspectorate has accepted an application that aims to improve three existing roundabout junctions on the A38.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 23 May 2019

Extended permitted development rights take effect this month
The extension of permitted development rights to allow high street conversions to offices and homes is to come into effect on 25 May.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

6,500 homes approved in Cambridgeshire
South Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee has backed outline plans to develop the former Waterbeach Barracks site.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Garden community to be built in greater Exeter area
Housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced that a garden community comprising 20,000 homes will be built in the Exeter area.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Time limited PD rights for rear extensions made permanent

Following the consultation ‘Planning reforms – supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes’, the government has announced a change to part one of the General Permitted Development Order that makes permanent the increased size limits for single-storey rear extensions that were previously time limited and due to expire on 30 May 2019.

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Planning news – 9 May 2019

£1bn Purfleet regeneration approved
Thurrock Council’s planning committee has granted outline planning permission to £1 billion proposals that aim to deliver more than 2,500 homes and regenerate Purfleet town.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Improvements being delivered at Planning Portal
Six months after introducing its Financial Transaction Service (FTS) the Planning Portal is reporting that promised improvements to how the service operates are already being delivered.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Extraspace Solutions awarded £40m modular housing contract
PLACE, a not-for-profit organisation, has awarded Extraspace Solutions a £40 million contract to deliver 200 modular homes by 2021 for homeless Londoners.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

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The Planning Portal improves application efficiency for LPAs and agents with the implementation of its payment service

The Financial Transaction Service (FTS) has brought about a great many changes in the way in which planning applications are submitted since its introduction six months ago; increasing efficiency, reducing invalid applications and saving both time and money for agents and local planning authorities (LPA) alike.

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Planning news – 25 April 2019

Commonwealth games ‘legacy’ submitted
An outline planning application for the regeneration of a site covering 12.27 hectares in Perry Barr, Birmingham, has been submitted to Birmingham City Council.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Woking suburb to be regenerated
Woking Borough Council’s planning committee has granted approval for plans that aim to regenerate a post-war housing estate into a ‘sustainable, community-focused’ neighbourhood.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Warrington to get a link road
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has approved £142.5 million for a new Western Link, connecting the A56 at Chester Road with the A57 at Sankey Way in Warrington.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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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…

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