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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.

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Planning permission and acquiring land for self-build

Self-build projects account for 7-10 per cent of new housing in England each year (around 12,000 homes); a figure dwarfed by 80 per cent in Austria and 60 per cent in France.

Barriers to self-build in England include; lack of available financing, planning and regulation processes and land supply and procurement.

In this article Sarah Chilcott, MD of Planning Portal, offers guidance on locating and acquiring land for self-build.

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Community Infrastructure Levy and self-builders

While the UK has one of the lowest rates of self-build in Europe, government incentives and media attention have increased levels of activity and interest in recent years. We take a look at Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and responsibilities for self-builders.

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Planning news – 17 August 2017

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Khan releases finalised supplementary planning guidance
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that half the homes built on public land in London will have to be affordable if they are to benefit from faster planning permission.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

London’s Garden Bridge project closed
The Garden Bridge Trust has announced that it is ‘winding up’ the proposed £200 million Garden Bridge project.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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