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Planning news – 16 January 2020

Office conversions cost communities thousands of affordable homes in four years, say LGA
Research by the Local Government Association (LGA) suggests that communities have potentially lost out on 13,500 affordable homes in the past four years as a result of permitted development rules.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Mace submits plans to regenerate Stevenage
Proposals for the regeneration of Stevenage town centre have been lodged with the borough council.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

National Trust to use trees to lock up 300k tonnes of carbon
The National Trust has announced plans to establish 18,000 hectares of woodland (20 million trees) as part of its ambition to become carbon net zero by 2030.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 10 January 2020

14 areas to receive funding for high streets
The government has announced the first 14 of 20 pilot areas in England that will receive funding and tailored advice that aims to ‘rejuvenate’ town centres.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Decline in planning applications received from July to September
District-level planning authorities received 106,500 planning applications between July and September 2019 – 4 per cent fewer than in the same quarter of 2018.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Wealden local plan halted on duty to cooperate
The Planning Inspectorate has advised Wealden District Council that it cannot proceed with its local plan as it has ‘failed in its legal duty’ to comply with the duty to cooperate.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 19 December 2019

Runway at Southampton Airport could be extended
Southampton Airport has submitted an application to Eastleigh Borough Council for the extension of its runway by 164 metres.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Sevenoaks successful in hostel enforcement trial
Woolwich Crown Court has fined the owners of a hostel in Swanley £14,000 for failing to comply with two planning enforcement notices.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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2019 round-up

We’ve had a busy and productive 2019; working hard to improve our services by implementing a wide range of updates and hosting our very first annual conference. With the year drawing to a close, we wanted to take a look back at what’s been accomplished this year and to look forward to some of the work in store for 2020.

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Planning news – 12 December 2019

The last Planning Portal newsletter of 2019 will be sent on 19 December.
The weekly news will return in the New Year.

Rise in energy storage projects, research suggests
The number of planning applications for battery storage projects in the UK continues to increase ‘rapidly’, according to recent research.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Welsh climate change strategy outlines flood-risk planning measures
The latest Welsh climate crisis mitigation strategy, just published, commits ministers to strengthening planning policy to prevent housebuilders from building properties on medium and high-risk floodplains in Wales.
Roger Milne, The Planner

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Planning news – 28 November 2019

Guide published for heritage in neighbourhood plans
New guidance has been published to show local communities how heritage can be incorporated into neighbourhood plans.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Communities should have a say throughout planning process
A national charity for the civic movement has urged all political parties to commit to giving communities a ‘meaningful voice’ at every stage of the planning system.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Application submitted for Salford quay development
Plans that include up to 1,495 homes at Salford’s Cotton Quay have been lodged with the city council.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Three tips for working with the 10MB attachment limit

As of September 2019, we have increased the attachment size limit for supporting documents from 5MB to 10MB. We’ve noticed that a previous article providing guidance about uploading supporting documents is still popular, so have taken the opportunity to update it in line with our current service.

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Planning News – 21 November

Plan for central London approved
Westminster City Council has approved City Plan 2019-2040, its development blueprint, as it aims to deliver more than 22,000 homes over the plan period.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Local plan route-mapper and toolkit launched
The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) has unveiled a route-mapper and toolkit offering practical advice to councils on how to review and update local plans.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Rich overseas tourists drive huge expansion in London luxury hotels
Affluent overseas tourists are influencing a massive expansion in luxury hotels in London, with 210 schemes in the planning and development pipeline.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Prior Approval applications added to our online service

We have now added all the current ‘Prior Approval’ application types to the 1APP online application service for England including applications for Larger Home Extensions.

These had been requested by applicants, agents, Local Authorities and National Government, so we are happy to confirm that these were made available at the end of November 2019.

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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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