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Planning news – 10 August 2017

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Report: Sharma’s top priorities
As we look to the immediate and long-term future, new housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has a lot on his plate – a housing shortage (market, affordable and social), a lack of supporting infrastructure, and a growing skills shortage that is expected to get worse with Brexit.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

International status of Wales’s national parks and AONBs under threat
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas has warned that Wales’s national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) risk forfeiting their status as internationally recognised protected areas if contemplated reforms to the existing planning and designation regime are implemented.
Roger Milne, The Planner

Clark approves East Anglia offshore wind farm
Energy secretary Greg Clark has granted development consent to the East Anglia THREE offshore wind farm given the ‘national need’ for such a development.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Housing strategy approved in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) have approved housing plans that include a cash boost for 11 affordable housing schemes across the region to accelerate housing delivery.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning appeals round-up
A round-up of appeal decisions.

  • Colchester set for £17m boost as Javid approves retail scheme
  • Blues Brothers allowed to stay in Bedford conservation area
  • Dementia care unit in business park would create ‘onerous’ living conditions
  • Modular Timpson’s ‘pod’ too small to harm local businesses
  • 426-room student halls scheme allowed in business district despite policy conflict
  • Microbrewery in suburban garage ‘not disruptive’ to neighbours
  • Antisocial behaviour threat dismissed as children’s care home gets go-ahead
  • 95 homes approved in light of south Oxfordshire’s ‘dire’ housing shortfall
  • Herts zoo refused permission 12 months after opening
  • ‘Hazardous substances’ GPDO exception halts 65-flat scheme
  • Affordable housing condition removed on 17-home scheme

Matt Moody, The Planner

News round-up
A round up of planning news.

  • Developer for Birmingham Smithfield sought
  • 50 Slough homes approved
  • £75m for road improvements
  • Whitehaven homes approved
  • Government responds to Help to Buy reports
  • Application submitted for 240 homes in Oxfordshire
  • 61 homes approved in Penwortham
  • Grayling opens Cambridge station
  • Social housing provider issue funding

Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning news – 3 August 2017

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Council reviews planning decisions owing to wrong air quality data
Errors made in monitoring air quality by Cheshire East Council have affected planning applications across the area, so the council is now reviewing whether mitigation measures are required.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Government frees up £54m to release land for housing
The government has launched a £54 million package that aims to transform local communities and release land for thousands of new homes.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Chief planner writes to officers about counter-terrorism role
Steve Quartermain CBE has written to local authority planners across England reminding them of the important role the planning system has in counter-terrorism and crime prevention.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Consultation on assessing local housing need delayed
The Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed the consultation on assessing local housing need has been delayed until Parliament returns in September.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning appeals round-up
A round-up of appeal decisions.
– Javid backs custom-built homes plan in Wiltshire
– Javid rejects Buckinghamshire green belt housing scheme
– HMO use after Article 4 direction ‘was not a wilful breach’ of planning law
– Inspector approves Hartlepool wind turbine
– Javid overrules inspector to block 760 homes in Berkshire
– And more stories…
Matt Moody, The Planner

News round-up
A round up of planning news.
– Maldon local plan approved
– Burnham announces grants from homelessness fund
– Regeneration scheme in London approved
– London Fields to get new bar-restaurant
– London Resort to submit DCO in spring 2018
– Southampton uni sports building approved
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning news – 27 July 2017

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SME construction growth slows
The small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) section of the construction sector grew in the second quarter of 2017, but at a slower rate than the first three months of the year, according to a Federation of Master Builders (FMB) trade survey.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Night czar offers recipe for saving London’s LGBT venues
Planners can take the lead in arresting the decline of London’s LGBT venues and protecting its cultural spaces, according to London’s night czar.
Simon Wicks, The Planner

Welsh minister clarifies aspects of mandatory regional planning regime
Cabinet secretary for local government Mark Drakeford has confirmed further details of the promised legislation that will see mandatory regional working between Wales’s 22 councils on issues such as economic development, strategic land use planning and strategic transport.
Roger Milne, The Planner

Mayor publishes 24-hour plans for London
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has outline 10 principles that aim to help the capital ‘become a trailblazing city at night‘ as he pledges to plan for life at night in the same way the city does for the day.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Appeals round-up
A round-up of planning appeals.
– Javid grants housing permission after West Sussex call-in
– Inspector dismisses Swansea concerns over ‘undesirable precedent’
– Javid approves Milton Keynes shopping centre redevelopment
– Inspector orders Enfield to pay costs after unreasonable behaviour
– Javid overturns hybrid scheme for neighbourhood plan conflict
– And more stories…
Huw Morris, The Planner

News round-up
A round-up of planning news.
– Councils launch consultation on Rugeley Power Station site
– London council secures affordable housing
– NHS Property Services secures planning permission
– Government publishes plans for UK aviation
– Grayling backs Crossrail 2
– And more stories…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning news – 20 July 2017

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Counties press for new planning role to link housing and infrastructure
County councils should have an enhanced role in planning through new strategic arrangements with districts to help overcome nimbyism and boost housing delivery.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Khan announces £1.7bn affordable homes deal
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced a deal with councils and housing associations in the capital for an extra 50,000 affordable homes to be built over the next four years for rent and purchase.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

£6.6bn HS2 contracts awarded
The Department for Transport has announced that UK firms Carillion, Costain, and Balfour Beatty are among the consortia that have been awarded contracts to build the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 13 July 2017

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Parliamentarians warn of Brexit disaster for homes and infrastructure
Brexit could prove disastrous for delivering new homes and infrastructure unless the construction industry can draw on EU workers while training the UK’s domestic workforce, MPs have claimed.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Third of permissions not built, claims Shelter
Over the last five years, housebuilders have failed to build more than 320,000 homes that they have permission for, research by charity Shelter has suggested.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Uncertain future for capital’s green spaces
Limited funds have left London’s parks and green spaces facing an uncertain future, a report by a London Assembly committee has said.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Top tips to ensure that you get building control approval first time

Most building work is subject to building regulations approval and failure to comply can prove costly, both economically and as a drain on time better spent dedicated to completing your project. Sarah Chilcott, Managing Director at Planning Portal, offers guidance on getting building control approval first time.

Do your research

Research is a critical part of your project and investing time at this stage should make it go a lot more smoothly. Understanding the difference between building control and planning permission is vital, as is knowing your responsibilities. Whereas planning permission is about how a building looks, building regulations make sure your home is structurally and environmentally safe.

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Planning news – 6 July 2017

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£2.3bn housing infrastructure fund launched
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has launched a £2.3 billion fund aimed at unlocking sites for 100,000 new homes in areas of high demand.
Roger Milne, The Planner

Massive increase in homes approved for green belt
A total of 425,000 homes are now due to be built on the green belt, a jump of 54 per cent since March 2016.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Self and custom build homes market on the rise
The UK’s self and custom build housing market has recorded its third consecutive annual rise, according to new research.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Planning News – 29 June 2017

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Raynsford review aims for ‘fairer’ planning system
A root and branch review of the English planning system aims to see how it can be made ‘fairer, better resourced and capable of tackling the major challenges which confront the nation’.
Simon Wicks, The Planner

Government urged to press ahead with infrastructure plans
Lord Adonis and three business organisations have called on the government to progress a number of key infrastructure projects, including a third Heathrow runway, HS3 and flood defence infrastructure.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Help to Buy helps more than 240,000 first-time buyers
At least 240,000 first-time buyers have been able to purchase a home using Help to Buy, according to government statistics.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 22 June 2017

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Residential approvals up nine per cent in Jan-March 2017
In England, the number of residential planning approvals increased by nine per cent during the first quarter of 2017 compared to 2016, to 12,300; according to latest government statistics.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Councils can apply for heritage zone status
Councils, local organisations and groups in England can now apply for Heritage Action Zone status to make areas more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Report: Planning system fails to support industrial strategy
The government’s industrial strategy aims to address the country’s long-term economic challenges, but the strategy could be stifled by the planning system.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 15 June 2017

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Alok Sharma appointed as planning minister
The government has announced that Alok Sharma, the MP for Reading West, is the new housing and planning minister.
The Planner

General Election 2017: Javid keeps post as communities secretary
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that Sajid Javid will remain in post as the communities secretary, with Greg Clark staying on as secretary of state for the business, energy and industrial strategy.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Khan plans to turn London into world’s leading smart city
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that digital technology and data lie at the heart of his vision to make London the world’s leading smart city.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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