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Planning Portal responds to the draft Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill

Planning Portal have been eagerly awaiting government’s plans regarding the future of planning legislation, having responded to the initial ‘Future of Planning’ Whitepaper published in 2020. Now that we’ve had a chance to review and digest the new Bill, we delighted to see expansion of several important areas for digital planning.

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Planning news – 23 June 2022

Year-on-year decline in planning application submissions continues
In May, 57,438 applications from England and Wales were submitted to the Planning Portal.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Hampshire council to consult on local plan due to ‘brutal housing targets’
East Hampshire District Council has announced that it is going to hold a consultation later this year on its local plan because of the government’s ‘brutal’ and ‘flawed’ housing methodology.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Report: Not enough brownfield land capacity to meet housing demand
If every piece of land on councils’ brownfield land registers were to be built on, this capacity equates to just 31 per cent of the 4.5 million new homes needed over the next 15 years to meet demand, reveals a report.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Recent updates to Approved Documents

On 15 June 2022, changes were made to the Approved Documents which make up the Building Regulation requirements. The changes effect Approved Document F (Ventilation) and L (Conservation of fuel and power), while also introducing Approved Document O and Approved Document S. The new documents, O and S, focus on overheating in buildings and infrastructure for the charging of electric vehicles respectively.

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May’s Market Insight Report is now available

57,438 applications were submitted through the Planning Portal in May 2022.

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Planned maintenance on the Planning Portal tonight

One of the things we were most excited about at Planning Portal regarding the new system, was the flexibility we would have in developing, amending and implementing changes to the system far quicker than before.

Despite having launched the new system at the end of January, we were able to implement the addition of the new prior approval forms within a number of months, providing improved data transfers for local planning authorities. These new changes we are able to make, support us further in our ambition to provide all application types online, and simultaneously develop efficiencies in the digital transfer of data more effectively for those involved.

We will be implementing further changes to the system this evening, Wednesday 15 June 2022, from 18:00 – 22:00.

This evening’s release will implement fixes to improve our new infrastructure, helping to make the platform more robust and resilient. We will also be applying many usability fixes to improve the overall user experience. This will improve action buttons throughout the site and help to enhance rates of validation.

The most exciting aspect of tonight’s work (in our opinion) is the introduction of the schema v3.0. This data standard will allow Local Planning Authorities to automatically download the recently launched prior approval forms. This new version of our data standard will allow us to provide legislative compliance across other areas of the application service by adding:

  • Entries for all current/proposed Use Classes in England and Wales
  • A flag to identify proposals for public service infrastructure developments.

This will allow us to update the relevant individual application questions to collect this information going forward.

New flood risk content on Planning Portal

Planning Portal has recently worked in partnership with the Environment Agency to improve our guidance for applicants on understanding and assessing flood risk in development proposals.

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Webinar: Catch up on episode seven

On 7 June, Scott Alford, Head of Business Development at Planning Portal, hosted Episode seven in the Planning Portal webinar series. He was joined by James Garrett, our Policy and Strategy Adviser and together they spoke on a broad range of topics. 

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Planning news – 26 May 2022

Survey: Councillors want councils to move to hybrid way of holding meetings
Responding to a survey, 72 per cent of councillors say moving to a hybrid model of holding meetings could attract more younger people, ethnic minorities and women to stand in local elections.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Government pledges £15m for garden communities
Housing minister Stuart Andrew has announced £15 million in funding to support the delivery of thousands of homes in garden communities across England.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

154 homes approved for Rochester development
Medway Council has granted planning permission for phase seven of Rochester Riverside in Medway, a £419 million regeneration scheme.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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The date of our next Webinar has changed

We recently announced the next instalment in our Planning Portal Webinar series. Due to the upcoming Jubilee bank holiday weekend, we have taken the decision to move the date of episode 7.

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Don’t miss out on the next Portal webinar

There have been some very significant updates in the planning and building industry over the last few weeks, and we’re making some changes at the Planning Portal.  

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