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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

£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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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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