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Planning news – 19 April 2018

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Consultation on new building safety rules
Housing secretary Sajid Javid has published a consultation on proposals that aim to strengthen fire testing for cladding systems on residential buildings.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Havering to establish second planning committee to cut applications overturned at appeal
The governance committee at the London Borough of Havering has agreed to establish a new strategic planning committee to deal with strategic applications and other strategic planning matters.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Update to Approved Document L1B

Approved Document L1B and the Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide were both updated on 6 April 2018. The updated documents deliver guidance on compliance for building work carried out in England. Read more…

Planning Portal launch planning application service for Wales in May 2018

We are delighted to announce that we will be launching the new planning application service for Wales on the 29th May 2018. From this date, applications for planning permission in Wales should be submitted via the dedicated Welsh online application service hosted at www.gov.wales/planningapplications.

Planning Portal user account details will continue to work on the new service, and applications already created in draft on the Planning Portal will be available to edit and submit.  Users may be required to confirm user login details before beginning or resuming work on applications, although this is related to the need to comply with the emerging General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) rather than to the creation of the new service. Any applications already in draft will continue to be available on both services and no work will be lost.

You will only be able to submit/view applications to Welsh LPAs on the Welsh service and submit/view applications to English LPAs on the English service. If you try to submit an application to the incorrect country from one of the services you will receive a message informing you of the issue and giving you a link to access the correct service.

If you are in “My Applications” and you have applications submitted to the country you are not in you will see a message informing you of this, the number of applications for the tab you are on in the other country and link to get to that service. Clicking this link will require you to login in again, but your credentials will be the same.

For local authorities, there will be no impact on any ICT systems that link to the service.

If you are an industry professional and have links to the service on your website, following the launch you will need to update these with a link to the new service.

Further communications will be provided prior to launch, but if you have any questions regarding the new service please contact us at support@planningportal.co.uk

Planning news – 12 April 2018

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Councils and developers ‘must’ work together to improve housing quality
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched two new resources that aim to help developers and local authorities boost housing standards and improve social value outcomes.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Land reform could save ‘billions’ for councils building homes, says think tank
Reform of the land market could reduce the upfront cost of an affordable housebuilding programme by more than a third, according to cross-party think tank Civitas.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 5 April 2018

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Historic farm buildings receive a £2m grant
A £2 million grant scheme is being rolled out this year in five national parks, offering funding for land managers to restore their historic farm buildings, the government has announced.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

Government failing rural communities, say Lords
There has been a ‘consistent failure, over a number of years, to prioritise the ‘rural affairs’ element of the remit of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra), according to a report by the Lords Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning Portal partner with HSE to deliver guidance on working safely

No matter what kind of development you are involved in, working safely should always be a top priority. At the Planning Portal we are committed to providing our users with the information they need to complete projects safely. That’s why we are delighted to announce our new partnerships with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC).

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Planning news – 22 March 2018

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Raab announces changes for permitted rural development
Housing minister Dominic Raab has announced changes to permitted development rights that mean up to five houses can be created from existing agricultural buildings on a farm, rather than the current maximum of three.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Updated guidance for applications affecting playing fields
Sport England has updated its policy and guidance on planning applications that affect playing fields, with the goal of protecting and enhancing the opportunities for people to take part in sport and activity.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 15 March 2018

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English cities regeneration fund doubles in size
The English Cities Fund has announced that it will double its investment in English towns and cities to £200 million as it looks to deliver five schemes that have a total value of £1.6 billion.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Khan announces £24m funding for community regeneration
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has awarded £24 million from his Good Growth Fund to help projects across the capital to enable local people to take an active role in the regeneration of their communities.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 8 March 2018

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Stansted submits plans to raise passenger cap
London Stansted Airport has submitted to Uttlesford District Council a planning application seeking to raise the current cap on passengers by eight million a year.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Khan calls in Hounslow development
The Mayor of London has called in a 427-home development on the Citroen Site on Capital Interchange Way, Brentford.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 1 March 2018

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Raab announces cash to speed up planning decisions
Housing minister Dominic Raab has announced that £15.8 million will go towards speeding up planning decisions to help to deliver new homes.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Construction growth sees a slowdown in January
The value of construction contracts awarded in January 2018 was £5.4 billion, 10.6 per cent lower compared with a year earlier.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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