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Planning news – 16 March 2017

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Khan approves two housing developments
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given consent for two high-density developments that both include more than 30 per cent affordable housing…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Right to Buy ban bill launched in Wales
The Welsh Government has put a bill banning the Right to Buy and associated rights before the National Assembly for Wales…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Southwark to protect its pubs
Southwark Council has issued an Article 4 Direction on all 188 pubs in the borough to protect them from permitted development rights…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Guidance on creating inclusive environments launched
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has published a guide aimed at creating an accessible and inclusive built environment…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Budget transport funding allocated
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has identified the traffic hotspots that will receive a share of the £220 million funding announced in the Budget…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

News round-up
A round-up of planning news
– Centre for Cities chief to head industrial strategy
– Committee to meet to discuss garden village proposal
– Funding for new roads and land in Scotland
– £1.8m for Dundee-London air route
– New power station opens in Manchester
– Midlands council to build council homes
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning news – 9 March 2017

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Budget 2017: Transport funding announced for the Midlands and the North
Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced funding for transport in the Midlands and the North of England…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Housing White Paper fails to address coordinated approach to tackle shortage
There is little evidence in the government’s industrial strategy of coordination across government departments to achieve “an economy that works for all”, with the Housing White Paper cited as example, according to a report…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Lords vote to protect pubs
The House of Lords has voted to amend the Neighbourhood Planning Bill so it removes permitted development rights relating to the change of use or demolition of pubs…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Plans submitted for garden village near Fareham
Buckland Development Ltd has lodged a planning application for Welborne Garden Village, featuring proposals for 6,000 homes, with Fareham Borough Council…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Budget 2017: Further devolution for London
Chancellor Philip Hammond says an agreement has been reached between the UK Government and the Greater London Authority (GLA) on joint working to address congestion and infrastructure funding…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

News round-up
A round-up of planning news…
– Dover to review local plan
– new study to assess high-rise accommodation
– Land deal completed in Hertfordshire
– Calls made for bond to raise project finance in Scotland.
Laura Edgar, The Planner


Is community-led housing part of the answer?

The recent Housing White Paper ‘Fixing our broken housing market’ asserted that traditional models for house building are not enough to deliver the housing numbers we need.  Several possible models to diversify the market were floated – all covered in our news that week – but if we are to look for smaller sites for development is there a role for community-led housing in this mix?

This question is currently being explored by a project in a local community here in Bristol.  Led by Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) and funded by Bristol City Council and Arts Council England, the ‘We Can Make…’ project brings together the local community with planning and building professionals, academics, artists and policy makers.  Working together they are exploring how communities can lead and influence development in their area so that it meets their needs and interests.

This isn’t just neighbourhood planning.  It’s a test space for a new kind of housing model and as far as I’m aware this project is the first of its kind.

If you’re interested, to attend the next event it’s next Thursday 16th 4.30 – 6.30pm at the Knowle West Media Centre (Leinster Avenue, BS4 1NL).  To find out more contact

If you’re involved in other similar projects, do add a comment.

[Note: To be open about my interest here, I’m also Chair of Trustee at KWMC (on a voluntary basis) and passionate about the work they do in South Bristol.  Its not often that my two interests collide, but I’m pleased to be able to help when they do]



Planning news – 2 March 2017

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Tight vote as Lords seek to make plain government’s intent on conditions
The House of Lords has voted in favour of an amendment that seeks to make it clear what clause 13’s intention is and to clarify whether or not the government plans to restrict the capacity of local authorities to put into force relevant conditions…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Council leader outlines garden village proposal
The leader of Tandridge District Council, Surrey, has outlined his plans for a strategic approach to development as part of the area’s creation of a local plan, including a new settlement…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Data: One in three London permissions not built
More than one in three homes (36 per cent) with planning permission in London are not built out, according to analysis from the Fifty Thousand Homes campaign…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Report: 400,000 workers needed to bridge construction skills ‘gulf’
British construction needs to recruit more than 400,000 workers each year between now and 2021 if it is to deliver the homes and infrastructure the nation needs…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

New 1,500-home community for Pontypool makes waves
Public consultation has started on a development of more than 1,500 homes planned for a brownfield site near Pontypool…
Roger Milne, The Planner

News in brief
A round-up of planning news
– Guide for international working published
– Coal Exchange plans set to be approved
– Peckham brownfield development approved
– Work to start on large Somerset scheme
– Funding announced for Derry air link

Laura Edgar, The Planner

Control costs with a new digital mapping tool ReQuestaPlan

I’m delighted to announce the launch on our site of a new digital mapping tool, ReQuestaPlan. This competitive product, developed by our parent company TerraQuest, enables you to create location plans and site/block plans for submission with planning applications, alongside our other compliant mapping partners.

With ReQuestaPlan you pay per map, helping you control costs. And by supporting our service you’ll help us to keep the Planning Portal’s building control and planning application services free for our >400k individual website users.

The service allows you to create plans to show the location in its surroundings, or as a detailed site plan, just by using a postcode and simple drawing tools. The output can be previewed online to ensure its suitability before purchase.

How ReQuestaPlan helps your building project

  • Easy to use
  • Competitive prices
  • Instant downloads
  • No account required
  • Free drawing tools
  • Online video help available

Find out more about our new mapping tool.

Planning News – 23 February 2017

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Green belt is key natural capital asset, says Helm
The green belt should be preserved and treated as a key part of the country’s natural capital ‘asset register’, according to the chair of the Natural Capital Committee…
Martin Read, The Planner

Northern Powerhouse must include housing element
Cities and regions in the north of England face a housing crisis unless steps are taken now to incorporate and accelerate residential development in plans for a Northern Powerhouse, says AECOM…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Right to Build taskforce is launched
A Right to Build expert task force that aims to help 80 organisations across the UK deliver more homes over the next three years has been launched…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Council sanctions £183m council housing investment
Birmingham City Council has approved a £183 million investment into its council housing…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Offshore wind farm construction on a high – statistics
The total construction value for projects in the offshore wind farm sector reached £4.1 billion in 2016, increasing from £2.45 billion in 2015, according to latest statistics…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

News in brief

A round-up of planning news…

  • Sheffield mixed-use scheme green-lit
  • Masterplan approved for Glasgow uni expansion
  • London council approves hotel plans
  • Contractor appointed for Manchester development
  • Cotswolds to increase enforcement resources
  • New appointments to HCA board

Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning News – 16 February 2017

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Communities should have a say over pub conversions
The House of Lords has debated permitted development rights that might see a pub’s use change and neighbourhood planning groups being informed of national infrastructure projects…~
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Bakerloo Line extension to support 25,000 new homes
Transport for London (TfL) has launched a consultation into the extension of the Bakerloo London Underground line, which could release 25,000 new homes…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Report: Parks face period of decline
The contribution that parks make to public health, community integration and climate change mitigation needs more recognition, a Communities and Local Government committee report finds…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Thames Estuary to become creative hub
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has published plans to transform the Thames Estuary into a focal point for the creative and cultural industries…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Green light for 1,500-home scheme in Cardiff
Cardiff City Council has approved outline proposals from developer Persimmon Homes for a 1,500-home neighbourhood on the north-west flank of the Welsh capital…
Roger Milne, The Planner

News round up
A round-up of planning news

  • Call for evidence in Scotland on building regulations
  • £170 million plan to dual Somerset road
  • Contractor appointed for Oxford scheme
  • New Cornwall community approved
  • Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners changes to Lichfields
  • And more stories…

Laura Edgar, The Planner

The online planning application service for Wales

Last year, Welsh government went out to tender for someone to run their online planning application service from 2018 and we’re delighted to announce that we were the successful bidder.

The Portal continuing to provide a comprehensive service across England and Wales is fantastic news for us and more importantly for our customers, many of whom submit across different local authorities in both regions and can continue to benefit from the consistency we provide.

It also provides a national platform for us to deliver additional services to Wales, such as our recent building control application service.  These will be delivered outside of this contract in our mission to continue to transform planning and building.

Planning News – 2 February 2017

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Government’s neighbourhood planning policy challenged
A growing group of claimants has sent a judicial review application letter to the High Court in relation to the government’s ministerial statement on neighbourhood plans…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Guidance published to drive forward local growth
Advice that aims to enable pro-growth councils, the real estate sector and central government to development more innovative ways of driving forward local growth together has been published…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Report: Focus should be on releasing land through planning system
Efforts should be focused on improving the release of land through the planning system to boost building levels, says a planning consultancy…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Cardiff region city deal delivery plan approved
The City of Cardiff Council’s cabinet has approved a report setting out how the 10 local authorities in South East Wales involved with the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal will work together to ensure the £1.2 billion package delivers for the sub-region…
Roger Milne, The Planner

Dorset councils seek to merge
Six councils in Dorset have supported plans to change local government structures in the county and merger together…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

News in brief
A round-up of planning news…

  • Employers to develop planning apprenticeship
  • 17th century Monmouthshire building to be restored
  • 275,000 sign petitions to save Nottinghamshire forest from fracking
  • UK cities report record levels of construction
  • Challenge to Heathrow third runway halted
  • And more stories…

Laura Edgar, The Planner

Development applications continue to grow

January has whizzed past at a rate of knots and the increase in planning and building control applications continues.  January saw 43,031 planning applications submitted to local authorities through the Planning Portal.  That’s a rise of 7.6% on the number of applications submitted through our service last January.

Take-up to our building control application service also continues to grow.  We now have more than 100 local authorities and 11 Approved Inspectors set up to receive applications, with around 1,250 applications successfully submitted since it went live late last year.  Why not give it a try here if you haven’t already?  If you’re a building control body who wants to receive applications and you aren’t already set up, please contact your Account Manager.

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