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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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Planning News – 8 June 2017

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Revised regime for Welsh historic environment comes into force
Planning authorities have been notified of a swathe of new regulations that have come into force as a result of the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016.
Roger Milne, The Planner

Indoor air quality is ‘a planning issue’
Developers could be required to achieve a certain indoor air quality (IAQ) when trying to get planning permission for new buildings, as Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is urged to consider it for his London Plan.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

S106 agreement for Kent garden suburb signed
Work has begun on the Chilmington Green development after Ashford Borough Council and the developers signed a section 106 agreement worth £125 million.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning Portal launches new website features

The Planning Portal are always looking for better ways to deliver new and existing content to our loyal and varied audience and ensure the guidance and advice you need is easy to find. With this in mind, we have launched some exciting new content areas and navigational changes to our website. These developments will help everyone to quickly find the information they need, whilst offering further opportunities for developing new content areas.

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Planning news – 1 June 2017

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Exploratory shale gas drilling approved in Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire County Council has granted planning permission to two separate applications to drill exploratory shale gas wells.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

English new-build starts on the rise
New-build home starts in England rose by three per cent in the last quarter to 43,170 in the latest quarter to 31 March, compared with the previous three months.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Consultation for proposed sustainable drainage regime in Wales
The Welsh Government has begun formal consultations on its proposed mandatory regime for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) for new developments.
Roger Milne, The Planner

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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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Planning news – 25 May 2017

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UK councils ‘increasingly unable’ to meet affordable housing demands
Councils in the UK are increasingly unable to meet demands for affordable housing, with 98 per cent now describing their need as either severe or moderate, according to new research.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Value of new construction contracts down – new figures
The value of new construction contracts commissioned in April fell by 16 per cent when compared with March 2017, new figures have suggested.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Further delay as government ponders whether to guarantee Circuit of Wales project
Welsh ministers have accused the developers of the Circuit of Wales project of providing “inaccurate” information, as it faces further delays.
Roger Milne, The Planner

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Planning news – 18 May 2017

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Welsh ministers mull over new legislation for national parks and AONBs
The Welsh Government has announced that it is considering legal changes to the landscape protection regimes in place for national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).
Roger Milne, The Planner

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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 – 11 May 2017

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Supreme Court issues ruling on NPPF paragraph 49
The Supreme Court has delivered its verdict on the application and meaning of paragraphs 14 and 49 in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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