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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 50 local authorities signed up to the service and a number of payments successfully processed.

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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

Nearly half of housebuilders are ‘serial appealers’
Confidence in the planning system is plummeting amid a culture of ‘planning by appeal’, according to a poll of housebuilders.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Adonis launches drive for young professionals panel
The UK’s up-and-coming planners, designers, architects and engineers are being encouraged to give their views on meeting the country’s future infrastructure needs.
Huw Morris, The Planner

News round-up
A round-up of planning news

  • New body needed to involve public in infrastructure
  • Government urged to let all councils borrow to build
  • Vacant Bristol waterfront plot to be developed
  • 33,000 people sign up to Right to Build
  • Two extra stories for Battersea development
  • And more stories…
    Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning application fee changes pushed into 2018

Delays in Parliamentary approval mean that the legislation to increase fees by 20 per cent in England, and introduce new categories in regard to applications for Permission in Principle, will not come into force until the New Year.

What we are doing to prepare for the change

We are currently working to ensure that we are able to implement the fee changes when they take effect.

We are also planning a wider package of measures to ensure that applicants are aware of the changes and that we minimise the potential for applications to be submitted with the incorrect ‘outdated’ fees.

Rest assured that we are keeping a close eye on any progress and will keep you all informed when we know more.

So when are they going to change?

Of course, what we all want to know is when the changes will actually happen. In regard to this critical point…

While this ‘affirmative’ process is generally seen as a formality (no such SI has been rejected since 1969) this action has not yet been scheduled into the order of business for the House of Commons, though it is moving up the list of ‘remaining orders and notices’.

  • As stated in the draft SI, it will only come into force on the 28th day after it is ‘made’ (not ‘laid’). Therefore, there is currently no fixed date for the changes to take effect.

For example, if the SI was ‘made’ on 11 December, this would then set the 28 day clock ticking, and the changes would come into force on 8 January.

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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Planning news – 9 November 2017

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Commercial ownership data made free
HM Land Registry has announced that data on land and property in England and Wales will be made freely available.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

‘Cowboy clients hampering’ SME builders
New research has suggested that ‘cowboy clients’ are ‘hampering’ three-quarters of SMEs in construction in their business.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 26 October 2017

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Government think tank demands review of London planning
London’s planning system needs radical reforms to significantly reduce bias against development, according to a think tank.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Funding awarded to improve local roads and unlock housing
A total of £244 million has been awarded to 76 projects across England to improve local roads and public transport as well as supporting housing development.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Planning news – 19 October 2017

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Digital tool launched to pinpoint development land potential
A digital tool has been launched to show the potential for bringing together land, planning and housing data from different government agencies in one place.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Downing Street summit hears May’s pledge to boost house building
Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to take ‘personal ownership’ of the drive to speed up housing development and urged sector leaders to play their part at a Downing Street summit yesterday.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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How to get planning permission for self-build projects first time

You have found the site or the renovation project and are keen to get started. The last thing you need are delays with processing your planning application. Whether your plot comes complete with planning permission or you need to apply for approval, understanding the process, as well as the requirements and concerns of your local authority, will help you to achieve your aspirations and ensure your project complies with both the planning and building control requirements.

In this article, we introduce you to our Professional Portal; a central online hub for finding guidance, information and tools for managing any project. We also offer some handy tips on getting planning permission for your self-build first time, below.

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