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Planning application fee changes take effect on 17 January 2018

The Planning Portal is ready to deploy changes in response to the legislation that will increase planning application fees by 20 per cent in England, remove some exemptions, and introduce new categories in regard to applications for Permission in Principle.

The changes made by the government will come into force on 17 January 2018.

View ‘The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017’.

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Positive uptake for Planning Portal’s new payment ReDirect service

As you may have heard, Planning Portal launched the first payment ReDirect service for our planning application service last week. The service, which allows clients to securely and easily pay for applications submitted by their agents, has proved a great success with 60 local authorities signed up to the service and a number of payments successfully processed.

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Planning news – 18 January 2018

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Homes England launches
Housing secretary Sajid Javid has launched national housing agency Homes England, the successor to the Homes and Communities Agency.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Panel to review barriers to building announced
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced who will sit alongside Sir Oliver Letwin to review housing build-out rates.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 11 January 2018

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Date set for 20 per cent planning fee increase
A letter from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s chief planner reveals that a 20 per cent increase in planning fees will come into effect on 17 January.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Khan approves £1.4bn regeneration plans for Croydon
The Mayor of London has green-lit Croydon Partnership’s plans to revamp the Whitgift shopping centre, which will see more than 500,000 square metres of new shops and restaurants established.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning and building control – Product and service development in 2017

Well, we thought 2016 was a busy year but 2017 has proved to be even more so. New products and services to market, established services refined and enhanced, content hubs launched… here’s a rundown of the year that was at the Planning Portal.

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Planning news – 14 December 2017

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LGA says councils are hampered by planning fee increase delay
By the end of this financial year, local authorities will miss out on an extra £70 million if the government does not bring forward long-awaited measures to increase planning fees, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Dover AONB homes stopped by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the Court of Appeal against plans to build 521 homes in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Brownfield registers don’t consider small sites – CPRE
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has said brownfield land registers are failing to record the small plots that could deliver an extra 188,734 homes across the country.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 7 December 2017

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New online tool judges sustainability of proposals
A ‘scorecard’ enabling planners to assess the sustainability of proposed developments has been launched by the Sustainable Development Commission and Iceni Projects.
Simon Wicks, The Planner

Compulsory purchase orders fall sharply but remain successful
Submissions of planning compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) fell sharply last year although their success rates remain high, according to latest research.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Clark closes fracking consent loophole
The government has closed a loophole in the consent regime for fracking.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Planning news – 30 November 2017

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£300m for community housing
Housing minister Alok Sharma has announced £300 million for the Community Housing Fund, initially announced in the 2016 Spring Budget by then chancellor George Osborne.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

London Plan: Khan lays out his proposals for fracking, cycling, the green belt and pubs
In advance of publishing his draft London Plan, the capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has announced his plans to protect pubs and the green belt, cut down on takeaways near schools and improve green infrastructure in the city.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 23 November 2017

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Celebrated landscapes under pressure from housing development
The number of homes built in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has increased by 82 per cent in the past five years despite government commitments to maintain their protected status.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Javid threatens intervention in 15 councils for local plan failure
Fifteen local authorities have been served notice of government intervention after missing deadlines and failing to make progress in producing a local plan.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Planning Portal launch hub for professionals

Following on from the success of our new mobile-responsive site in March 2016, we are delighted to announce the launch of Professional Portal, our new online hub dedicated to industry professionals.

As the trusted site for professionals seeking guidance on planning and building control since 2002, we are always looking for ways to develop and diversify our content to meet the changing needs of the sector, for both professionals and homeowners.

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Planning news – 16 November 2017

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Hammond urged to address construction staff shortages in London
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on chancellor Philip Hammond to take ‘emergency action’ to support homebuilding in the forthcoming Budget as concerns in the housing industry mount over the impact of Brexit.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Report: Councils should be able to buy land at cheaper prices
Some councils should be designated ‘special housing zones’ in order to flood the market with new homes for sub-market sale or rent, according to a new report.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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