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Planning News – 9 November 2018

Government launches shale gas consultation
The government has launched a consultation that asks whether local communities must be consulted on shale gas proposals in England before submitting a planning application.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

New commission to guarantee new-builds are beautiful
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has launched a commission to promote better design and style of homes.
Laura Edgar, The Planner Read more…

Planning News – 1 November 2018

Government unveils major reforms to NPPF
Local planning departments should use household projections from 2014 when assessing housing need as the government signalled major revisions to the standard method and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) published in July.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Architects warn May of ‘devastating’ Brexit consequences
Around 130 of the country’s leading architects have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, warning of the ‘devastating’ dangers to the profession and associated institutions from Brexit.
Huw Morris, The Planner Read more…

Building Live 2018

We’re delighted to announce ourselves as an official sponsor of Building and Building Design Live 2018.

With a whole day of exclusive content and insight from over 60 expert speakers, Building and Building Design Live provides a significant opportunity for professionals from across the construction and building industries to gather, network and discuss the most pressing issues facing the industry today.

The audience for the event – held on 28 November at 155 Bishopsgate, London- will consist of high level delegates, making it the perfect environment for organisations to foster partnerships and projects.

We’re proud to be lending our support to such an important gathering. We look forward to meeting representatives from across the building and construction industries and hope to see your organisation there.

You can find out more about the event on Building Live’s website.

1App improvements in the pipeline

We mentioned a few weeks ago that we were working with our technical supplier to re-introduce the ability to download PDF versions of draft planning applications. This is based on feedback from many agents that they use these PDFs to allow clients to check applications prior to submission. At the same time we need to make sure that the downloaded applications are not valid for submission by email/post to an LPA as this will only slow down the process for everyone. Read more…

Planning News – 25 October 2018

£10m cash boost for London council’s planning teams
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a £10 million fund that aims to ‘beef’ up councils’ housing and planning teams to help them build more homes.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Consultation opens on national parks review
Environment secretary Michael Gove and writer Julian Glover have called for evidence to support the review of national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).
Laura Edgar, The Planner Read more…

Planning News – 18 October 2018

Campaigner loses legal bid to prevent Lancashire fracking
Campaigner Bob Dennett has lost his last-minute legal challenge to stop Cuadrilla fracking at its Preston New Road shale gas exploration site in Lancashire.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

HS2 launches public consultations on railway extensions
HS2 Ltd has launched a public consultation for its construction plans for the Midlands and the North.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner Read more…

Planning News – 11 October 2018

Brokenshire to consult on upwards extensions PD right
The government is to consult on a new permitted development right to allow property owners to extend certain buildings upwards as part of new measures announced at the Conservative Party conference.
Martin Read, The Planner

Government scraps cap on local authority borrowing to help boost housebuilding
The prime minister has announced that the government is scrapping the cap on local authority borrowing to fund new housing development.
Martin Read, The Planner Read more…

Planning News – 4 October 2018

Funding window opens to unlock surplus public land
A £15 million fund is now open to bidders to enable the public sector to build homes.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Heybridge homes plan to be reconsidered without flood scheme
Maldon District Council will redetermine a proposal for more than 1,100 homes after the developer removed a flood alleviation scheme from the original successful application.
Huw Morris, The Planner Read more…

Planned maintenance to 1App payment service on Monday

Please be aware that the payment service for the planning application system (1App) will be unavailable on Monday 1 October from 06:00 to 09:00.

During this time you will still be able to create and save applications but will not be able to access the payment service to fully complete an application.

This essential work is to:

  • Fix a fault that sends incorrect reminder/payment cancellation emails to users of nominated payment
  • Addition of text to screens to provide more information to applicants
  • Apply validation techniques to nomination email address fields to alleviate set up failures
  • Improve payment information sent to local authorities

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Update on exporting draft application forms to PDF
We are aware that this is causing problems for some agents and we are working with our technical supplier to resolve this as quickly as possible, without simply providing a ‘submittable’ application form which could be emailed to local authorities.  As soon as we have time frames on this, we will advise via here.

Planning News – 27 September 2018

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