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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.
Roger Milne, The Planner Read more…

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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Zero Carbon or Energy Efficient? Which is the best target for homes?

For many years the objective of legislators was to ensure that new houses were “zero carbon”: i.e. that not only was the building structure very energy efficient, but that additional renewable energy technologies (such as solar PV panels) were incorporated to generate the power needed to run the house. This was always going to be difficult to achieve. Producing very energy efficient homes is perhaps a more practical goal. Read more…

Planning Applications Wales service launches

We are pleased to announce that today, 29 May 2018, the distinct planning application service for Wales has gone live.

This means that from now on applications for consents to local planning authorities in Wales should be submitted via the dedicated Welsh online application service, instead of through the Planning Portal.

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Planning news – 24 May 2018

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Planning professionals call for ‘vital’ changes to NPPF
Planning professionals, charities and other organisations involved in planning and delivering sustainable development and infrastructure have written a letter to the government setting out the improvements they believe the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

SOYO scheme in Leeds receives green light
Planning permission has been granted for the first phase of the £300 million SOYO mixed-use scheme in Leeds named New York Square.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

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Planning news – 17 May 2018

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Grayling approves Silvertown Tunnel DCO
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has approved a development consent order (DCO) for a road to be built under the River Thames in East London.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

More than half of councils say affordable housing need is ‘severe’
A report published by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) has found that 63 per cent of UK councils rate their affordable housing need as severe.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 10 May 2018

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NPPF consultation deadline looming
There is less than a week to respond to the consultation on the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which aims to help the make planning rules fairer, and close the gap between planning permissions granted and homes built out.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

James Brokenshire announced as the new housing secretary
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced James Brokenshire, MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup, as the new housing secretary as Sajid Javid becomes the new Secretary of State for the Home Department following the resignation of Amber Rudd.
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