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Planning News – 14 November

Planning Inspectorate unveils its pre-election approach to casework
The Planning Inspectorate has outlined the approach it will take to casework in the run-up to the general election.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Liverpool faces fight to keep UNESCO World Heritage status
Liverpool may struggle to retain its UNESCO World Heritage status if it presses ahead with waterfront regeneration, according to the city’s heritage steering group chief.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Plans for £100m subterranean scheme under Cavendish Square
The Reef Group has submitted a planning application for a £100 million scheme to create a subterranean complex under Cavendish Square in London’s West End.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Enhancements to the ReQuestaPlan service

The Planning Portal are pleased to announce that ReQuestaPlan, a digital mapping tool developed by our parent company TerraQuest Solutions, is soon to feature multiple updates following customer feedback. This handy tool allows applicants to enhance online planning and building control applications with supporting, compliant location and block plans, starting from as little as £8 plus VAT.

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Planning News – 7 November 2019

Giant Christian landmark for the Midlands goes out for consultation
Consultation gets under way this week on a proposal for a national landmark to give the Midlands its own Angel of the North.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Districts declare high street emergency as retail applications plummet
The number of applications by retailers to England’s district councils have nearly halved in the past four years, contributing to the high street crisis.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Bristol set to outlaw all diesel cars
Bristol is set to become the first UK city to ban diesel cars under proposals to combat air pollution.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Planning News – 31 October

Environment Bill passes second reading
The government’s Environment Bill 2019-20 has moved a step closer to becoming law.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Study calls on planners and health professionals to talk to each other
Planners and public health professionals need to work more closely together to guarantee that health and wellbeing priorities are integrated into local plans, according to latest research.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Lewes wins government U-turn on housing delivery test
The government has backed down over its housing delivery test for Lewes District Council in the face of a legal challenge by the local authority.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Planning News – 24 October

McVey backs PropTech
Housing minister Esther McVey has voiced her support for PropTech, saying the UK property sector is ‘on the cusp of a digital revolution’.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

6,000-home garden village approved
Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee has granted outline planning permission for Welborne Garden Village.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning application submitted for £70m Alexander Stadium redevelopment
A £70 million planning application has been submitted to Birmingham City Council to redevelop Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

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Planning News – 18 October

Energy storage to be exempt from NSIP regime
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a consultation on proposals to exempt energy storage from the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime in England and Wales.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Government to help housebuilders deliver schools
The Department of Education has announced that it will hand out loans to housebuilders to deliver schools places before new properties are finished.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

3,000 homes approved in Sussex
Mid Sussex District Council’s planning committee has granted planning permission for 3,000 new homes at Burgess Hill.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Final Day for Planning Portal Conference Early Bird Tickets!

We are delighted to announce the final agenda for the Planning Portal Conference 2019, which will address the pertinent topics which affect the planning and building industry, both now and into the future. With industry leading speakers in attendance, it’s not to be missed!

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Planning News – 9 October

Jenrick outlines green commitment
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has made a commitment to a new green standard to tackle the climate crisis and keep household energy bills low.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Canada Water masterplan approved
Southwark Council’s planning committee has granted planning permission for a mixed-use masterplan to create a new town centre in Canada Water, London.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

New-build starts decreased in June quarter
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) statistics show that there was an 8 per cent decline in the number of homes started in the three months to June 2019 compared with the previous year.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 2 October 2019

Small decline in planning applications granted
District-level planning authorities granted 91,700 decisions between April and June 2019 – a 3 per cent decline compared with the same quarter a year earlier.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Barn conversion boom threatens rural communities
A 230 per cent increase in conversions of barns and farm buildings into homes without the need for planning permission is taking a severe toll on the vital infrastructure and local services in rural towns and villages.
Huw Morris, The Planner

New rights will compound the ‘disaster’ of permitted development, says RTPI
New rights to allow two-storey upwards extensions on family homes without planning permission will ‘compound the problem’ of low quality housing created under previous extensions to permitted development rights, the RTPI has stressed.
Simon Wicks, The Planner

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