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Positive uptake for Planning Portal’s new payment redirect service

As you may have heard, Planning Portal launched the first payment redirect service for our planning application service last week. The service, which allows clients to securely and easily pay for applications submitted by their agents, has proved a great success with nearly 30 local authorities signed up to the service and a number of payments successfully processed.

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Planning news – 19 October 2017

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Digital tool launched to pinpoint development land potential
A digital tool has been launched to show the potential for bringing together land, planning and housing data from different government agencies in one place.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Downing Street summit hears May’s pledge to boost house building
Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to take ‘personal ownership’ of the drive to speed up housing development and urged sector leaders to play their part at a Downing Street summit yesterday.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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How to get planning permission for self-build projects first time

You have found the site or the renovation project of your dreams and are keen to get started. The last thing you need are delays with processing your planning application. Whether your plot comes complete with planning permission or you need to apply for approval, understanding the process, as well as the requirements and concerns of your local authority, will help you to achieve your aspirations and ensure your project complies with both the planning and building control requirements.

We offer some handy tips on getting planning permission for your self-build, first time.

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Planning news – 12 October 2017

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Development approved after mayor doubles affordable housing
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved a new residential development in Mill Hill, North London, after he stepped in to double the level of affordable housing.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Silvertown Tunnel decision delayed
Transport minister Paul Maynard has announced that a decision on development consent order (DCO) to build a road under the River Thames in East London has been delayed by one month.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 5 October 2017

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May commits £2bn extra to affordable housing
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the government will spend an additional £2 billion on affordable housing, as she commits to renewing the British dream of owning a home.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Garden towns get cash boost
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced a £2.5 million cash injection in an attempt to speed up the delivery of more than 155,000 new homes in proposed garden towns across England.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 28 September 2017

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Sharma announces compulsory purchase reform
Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has announced a new package of measures that aim to ‘simplify and speed up’ the compulsory purchase process.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation adds 600 homes
Nearly 600 homes and a primary school have been approved as part of the development of Ebbsfleet Garden City.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Planning Portal launch new payment redirect service

We are delighted to announce the launch next week [update: went live on 2nd October] of a new payment redirect facility for our planning application service. For those that chose to use it, this new payment option will mean that clients can easily and securely pay for applications submitted by their agents.

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Planning news – 21 September 2017

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Sharma allots £22m for communities to help deliver housing
Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has announced that £22.8 million of government funding will go to communities to help them deliver neighbourhood plans.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Sir Terry Farrell invites planning profession to make the most of IT
Sir Terry Farrell CBE has called on the planning profession to embrace the opportunities presented by the continuing technology revolution.
Martin Read, The Planner

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Planning news – 14 September 2017

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Sharma launches shop for land
Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma, has opened the UK’s first ‘plot shop’ in Bicester.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Green belt shrinks owing to inclusion in eight local plans
The green belt has decreased by 790 hectares because of the adoption by eight local authorities of their local plans, according to Department for Communities and Local Government statistics.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 7 September 2017

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Khan plans to buy land for housing with £250m
An initial £250 million has been earmarked by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to buy and prepare land for new and affordable homes in his draft Housing Strategy.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Call for community land trusts to be exempt from leasehold reforms
A housing charity says the government’s proposed reforms for leasehold would become a ‘stranglehold’ for community-led housing providers that could jeopardise thousands of new homes.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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