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Planning news – 10 August 2018

‘Strategic shrinking’ of green belt as harmful as building on it, says CPRE
Reviewing green belt boundaries as part of the local plan process should only take place in exceptional circumstances – but this ‘strategic shrinking’ of the green belt is as ‘harmful’ as building on it, according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Thomas White Oxford submits planning application for Oxford North
Planning and architectural consultancy Thomas White Oxford has submitted a planning application to Oxford City Council, on behalf of St John’s College, to transform an area in north Oxford into a sustainable business community.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

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Planning news – 2 August 2018

Brokenshire tells Khan London plan will be examined against previous NPPF
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has announced that the draft London Plan will be examined against the previous National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) so that the Mayor of London can ‘continue to progress’ the plan.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Perry gives green light to fracking at controversial Lancashire site
Shale gas company Cuadrilla is expected to start fracking at a well in Lancashire in the next few weeks after a minister rubber-stamped its application.
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New payment service for 1App in England

Since we were privatised in 2015, we have continued to develop our services, including significant investment in a new 1App service, a new building control application service and new interactive houses, as well as of course keeping everything compliant with legislation as it changes. All of this costs money to develop and maintain.

As we are no longer funded by the government, we have sought to generate income by launching services which add value to the process for all our customers, be that agents, applicants or local authorities. These services are gaining traction and income is rising, but we are still working to balance our books and continue to rely on the financial support of our parent company, which can’t last forever.

The latest new service, due for launch in September is the most transformative that we have launched to date, and in line with all the others we have worked hard to ensure that it will add value to all our customers. Critically, it will also bring us much needed income to balance our books and ensure that we can improve 1App in the way we have all wanted to for many years, as well as maintaining all our other services, free content and interactive guidance. Read more…

Planning news – 26 July 2018

Government publishes revised NPPF
The much-anticipated revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has finally been published with an increased emphasis on high-quality design. This page continues to evolve as response to the document comes in.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Government kicks off consultation on shale gas development
The government has launched a consultation on proposed planning reforms for exploratory shale gas development in England.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner
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Planning Portal and Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists sign partnership agreement

The Planning Portal and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) are pleased to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, signalling their intent to work more closely together for the benefit of their joint customers and members. Read more…

Planning news – 19 July 2018

NPPF to be published before ‘summer recess’, says housing secretary
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has said he hopes a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will be ready ‘before the summer recess’, which starts on the 24 July.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

HM Land Registry launches digital register
HM Land Registry has introduced its new digital Local Land Charges (LLC) Register.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner
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Planning news – 12 July 2018

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MPs: Mineral planning authorities best placed to decide fracking applications
A group of MPs have cautioned against government proposals to bring fracking applications under the remit of the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime, instead concluding that mineral planning authorities are best placed to decide such applications.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

New HS2 ECML depot to be built in Leeds
Following a public consultation, transport secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed that the new HS2 rolling stock depot will be constructed in the east of Leeds, driving forward local regeneration and creating up to 125 skilled jobs.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

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Planning news – 5 July 2018

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MPs vote to expand Heathrow
MPs have voted 415 to 119 to approve the government’s chosen scheme, as detailed in its Airports National Policy Statement, of expanding Heathrow Airport by building a third runway.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

London’s Royal Docks regeneration approved
The London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) has given its consent to plans that could see 4,000 homes built at the Royal Docks.
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Planning news – 28 June 2018

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Brokenshire announces combustible cladding consultation
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has announced a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings, which is set to end on 14 August 2018.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

HS2 plans to build a green corridor alongside railway
HS2 Ltd has announced its plans to deliver a green corridor comprising new wildlife habitats, native woodlands and community landscapes alongside the High Speed 2 route.
Laura Edgar, The Planner
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How long should a house last?

A house is likely to be a person’s biggest asset, and people need to know that their house structures will be sound for several lifetimes.  The lifespan of any building very much depends upon the materials from which it is built – so it’s a really important decision for builders to make.
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