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Planning News – 13 December 2018

Welsh planning law set for major shake-up
The Law Commission has proposed a wide-ranging shake-up of planning law in Wales. A report published this week calls for more than 190 technical reforms.
Roger Milne, The Planner

£1.3bn bailout for Crossrail
A financial package worth £1.4 billion has been agreed between the government, the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) to cover the costs of Crossrail’s delayed opening.
Laura Edgar, The Planner Read more…

Planning news – 6 December 2018

Sedgemoor chief planner: ‘Apply housing delivery test beyond local authorities’
The assistant director of inward investment and growth and chief planner for Sedgemoor District Council has called for the housing delivery test to be made applicable to other authorities and agencies.
Martin Read, The Planner

10-year infrastructure pipeline set out
The government has published its 2018 National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, which is projected to be worth £600 billion over the next 10 years.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Date confirmed for latest Planning Portal improvements

As we mentioned in a previous blog post, we’ve been working on substantial improvements to our planning application service, 1App. We are making these updates in response to your feedback.

We are now pleased to confirm the launch date for these improvements. We believe that these updates are the first step in delivering on our promise to continue investing in the Planning Portal following the launch of our new payment service earlier this year.

UPDATE: We are happy to say that these improvements are now live.

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Planning News – 29 November 2018

London boroughs urged to update SCI
Planning authorities in London should take urgent steps to bring their Statements of Community Involvement (SCI) up to date with requirements laid out in the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Malthouse keen to empower planning profession
The housing and planning minister has told planners he is ‘keen’ to empower the profession.
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The Professional Portal is one year old!

It’s been a year since we launched our Professional Portal and we’re delighted with all the positive feedback we’ve received from users over the past twelve months. Read more…

Planning Portal announces support for ‘100% Hackitt’ initiative

Following the initiative’s parliamentary launch in October, the Planning Portal are proud to announce support for Local Authority Building Control (LABC) and British Board of Agrément’s (BBA) ‘100% Hackitt’ campaign. Read more…

Planning News – 22 November 2018

NPPF should include guidance on transport interchanges
The government has been urged to ensure that better integrated public transport is a defined planning policy objective.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Huge Newport solar farm is first of a kind
A large solar farm has been approved near Newport, the first green energy scheme to receive planning permission as a Development of National Significance under the Planning (Wales) Act 2015.
Roger Milne, The Planner
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Planning News – 16 November 2018

Waverley wins High Court challenge over local policies
A deputy High Court judge has rejected legal challenges against policies in Waverley Borough Council’s local plan and a secretary of state decision to approve 1,800 homes at Dunsfold Aerodrome.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Q3 housing registrations hit 40,000
UK housebuilders registered 43,578 new homes during the third quarter of 2018. This represents a 15 per cent increase on the 37,940 registered in the third quarter of 2017.
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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…

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