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The new Financial Transaction Service: an update

The weekend’s update to introduce this service for English planning applications went in successfully and our site was back up and functioning before 9am on Monday morning.

Since then, we’ve been continuing to work hard with agents, local planning authorities (LPAs) and behind the scenes to ‘bed in’ the new processes.  This will no doubt continue in the coming days and weeks, but now is a good time to give you a quick update on progress so far.

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Planning News – 18 October 2018

Campaigner loses legal bid to prevent Lancashire fracking
Campaigner Bob Dennett has lost his last-minute legal challenge to stop Cuadrilla fracking at its Preston New Road shale gas exploration site in Lancashire.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

HS2 launches public consultations on railway extensions
HS2 Ltd has launched a public consultation for its construction plans for the Midlands and the North.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner Read more…

Planning News – 11 October 2018

Brokenshire to consult on upwards extensions PD right
The government is to consult on a new permitted development right to allow property owners to extend certain buildings upwards as part of new measures announced at the Conservative Party conference.
Martin Read, The Planner

Government scraps cap on local authority borrowing to help boost housebuilding
The prime minister has announced that the government is scrapping the cap on local authority borrowing to fund new housing development.
Martin Read, The Planner Read more…

Planning News – 4 October 2018

Funding window opens to unlock surplus public land
A £15 million fund is now open to bidders to enable the public sector to build homes.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Heybridge homes plan to be reconsidered without flood scheme
Maldon District Council will redetermine a proposal for more than 1,100 homes after the developer removed a flood alleviation scheme from the original successful application.
Huw Morris, The Planner Read more…

Planned maintenance to 1App payment service on Monday

Please be aware that the payment service for the planning application system (1App) will be unavailable on Monday 1 October from 06:00 to 09:00.

During this time you will still be able to create and save applications but will not be able to access the payment service to fully complete an application.

This essential work is to:

  • Fix a fault that sends incorrect reminder/payment cancellation emails to users of nominated payment
  • Addition of text to screens to provide more information to applicants
  • Apply validation techniques to nomination email address fields to alleviate set up failures
  • Improve payment information sent to local authorities

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Update on exporting draft application forms to PDF
We are aware that this is causing problems for some agents and we are working with our technical supplier to resolve this as quickly as possible, without simply providing a ‘submittable’ application form which could be emailed to local authorities.  As soon as we have time frames on this, we will advise via here.

Planning News – 27 September 2018

Chartered Insititute of Architectual Technologists (CIAT) AT Award Winners

The Chartered Insititute of Architectual Technologists (CIAT) held their annual Architectural Technology Awards ceremony last Friday, 14 September 2018. The prestigious occasion celebrated the high-quality achievements of professionals across the sector, with the AT students awards also recognising innovation among architectural students. The Planning Portal was delighted to sponsor the event. Read more…

Planning news – 20 September 2018

PPG updates published
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has published new and updated guidance on assessing housing need and plan-making, following publication of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in July.
The Planner

Brokenshire prevents adoption of East Hertfordshire’s local plan
The housing secretary has issued a holding direction on the adoption of the East Hertfordshire District Local Plan amid concerns about the release of green belt land.
Laura Edgar, The Planner Read more…

Planning news – 13 September 2018

South Gloucestershire launches second judicial review of homes approvals
South Gloucestershire Council is seeking its second judicial review within four months of Planning Inspectorate decisions to allow housing development.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Proposal submitted to transform former Northallerton Prison
A planning application has been lodged with Hambleton District Council to redevelop the derelict Northallerton Prison into a retail and leisure complex.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Planning News – 6 September 2018

Report: Councils not monitoring sustainable drainage
The way in which methods of sustainable drainage are monitored and maintained needs to improve, according to a government report.
Martin Read, The Planner

Build to Rent a key growth area, research suggests
Dwellings built specifically for private rent has been forecast as one of the key areas of growth within the housebuilding industry, according to AMA Research.
Laura Edgar, The Planner Read more…

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