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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 41 local authorities signed up to the service and a number of payments successfully processed.

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Planning news – 16 November 2017

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Hammond urged to address construction staff shortages in London
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on chancellor Philip Hammond to take ‘emergency action’ to support homebuilding in the forthcoming Budget as concerns in the housing industry mount over the impact of Brexit.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Report: Councils should be able to buy land at cheaper prices
Some councils should be designated ‘special housing zones’ in order to flood the market with new homes for sub-market sale or rent, according to a new report.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Green light for three major Cardiff developments
Three major developments have been approved in the Welsh capital this week – a new museum, a 248-bedroom hotel, and one of the biggest student accommodation schemes yet proposed for the city.
Roger Milne, The Planner

92 per cent of councils not delivering enough affordable housing
Think tank IPPR has called on the government to allow local authorities to borrow to invest to build a new generation of council homes, as it says that 92 per cent are not meeting affordable housing needs.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Appeals round-up
A round up of appeal decisions

  • No re-amalgamation for Knightsbridge flats subdivided after bomb damage
  • Javid approves 200-home scheme after High Court quashes predecessor’s decision
  • Ministerial statement outweighs core strategy, rules inspector
  • Javid ignores inspector’s advice on green belt crematoria
  • Local plan ‘tension’ halts 400-home scheme despite legal challenge
  • And more stories…
    Matt Moody, The Planner

News round-up
A round-up of planning news

  • Government methodology for OAN would ‘entrench’ existing house building patterns
  • Real estate company to finance Build to Rent homes
  • Westminster gains £16m through CIL
  • Arup to explore for hydrogen to heat homes
  • £100m housing scheme in Greater Manchester
  • And more stories
    Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning news – 9 November 2017

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Commercial ownership data made free
HM Land Registry has announced that data on land and property in England and Wales will be made freely available.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

‘Cowboy clients hampering’ SME builders
New research has suggested that ‘cowboy clients’ are ‘hampering’ three-quarters of SMEs in construction in their business.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

2,000 approved Carlisle plots for housing
Carlisle City Council has published a prospectus to highlight the housebuilding opportunities in the city, including 2,000 approved plots awaiting development.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Garden village considered near Stone
Stafford Borough Council has announced that it will consider including proposals for a garden village if the government decides to build a railhead for HS2 in Stone.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Appeals round-up
A round-up of Planning appeal decisions.

  • Conservation area cottage to be moved five metres
  • Replacement country home allowed despite harm to bat roosts
  • Javid approves controversial 348-home green belt scheme
  • Double appeal approval for conversion of office under GPDO
  • Narrow footpath thwarts 61 per cent affordable housing scheme
  • And more stories
    Matt Moody, The Planner

News round-up
A round up of planning news

  • Silvertown Tunnel decision delayed again
  • Ultra-low emission zone to start in 2019
  • Work on LPW Technology Ltd in Widnes approved
  • Report suggests offshore wind brings benefits across UK
  • Gilmorton homes approved
  • And more stories…
    Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning news – 26 October 2017

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Government think tank demands review of London planning
London’s planning system needs radical reforms to significantly reduce bias against development, according to a think tank.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Funding awarded to improve local roads and unlock housing
A total of £244 million has been awarded to 76 projects across England to improve local roads and public transport as well as supporting housing development.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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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 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.

In this article, we introduce you to our Professional Portal; a central online hub for finding guidance, information and tools for managing any project. We also offer some handy tips on getting planning permission for your self-build first time, below.

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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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