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Planning news – 2 March 2017

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Tight vote as Lords seek to make plain government’s intent on conditions
The House of Lords has voted in favour of an amendment that seeks to make it clear what clause 13’s intention is and to clarify whether or not the government plans to restrict the capacity of local authorities to put into force relevant conditions…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Council leader outlines garden village proposal
The leader of Tandridge District Council, Surrey, has outlined his plans for a strategic approach to development as part of the area’s creation of a local plan, including a new settlement…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Data: One in three London permissions not built
More than one in three homes (36 per cent) with planning permission in London are not built out, according to analysis from the Fifty Thousand Homes campaign…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Report: 400,000 workers needed to bridge construction skills ‘gulf’
British construction needs to recruit more than 400,000 workers each year between now and 2021 if it is to deliver the homes and infrastructure the nation needs…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

New 1,500-home community for Pontypool makes waves
Public consultation has started on a development of more than 1,500 homes planned for a brownfield site near Pontypool…
Roger Milne, The Planner

News in brief
A round-up of planning news
– Guide for international working published
– Coal Exchange plans set to be approved
– Peckham brownfield development approved
– Work to start on large Somerset scheme
– Funding announced for Derry air link

Laura Edgar, The Planner

Control costs with a new digital mapping tool ReQuestaPlan

I’m delighted to announce the launch on our site of a new digital mapping tool, ReQuestaPlan. This competitive product, developed by our parent company TerraQuest, enables you to create location plans and site/block plans for submission with planning applications, alongside our other compliant mapping partners.

With ReQuestaPlan you pay per map, helping you control costs. And by supporting our service you’ll help us to keep the Planning Portal’s building control and planning application services free for our >400k individual website users.

The service allows you to create plans to show the location in its surroundings, or as a detailed site plan, just by using a postcode and simple drawing tools. The output can be previewed online to ensure its suitability before purchase.

How ReQuestaPlan helps your building project

  • Easy to use
  • Competitive prices
  • Instant downloads
  • No account required
  • Free drawing tools
  • Online video help available

Find out more about our new mapping tool.

Planning News – 23 February 2017

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Green belt is key natural capital asset, says Helm
The green belt should be preserved and treated as a key part of the country’s natural capital ‘asset register’, according to the chair of the Natural Capital Committee…
Martin Read, The Planner

Northern Powerhouse must include housing element
Cities and regions in the north of England face a housing crisis unless steps are taken now to incorporate and accelerate residential development in plans for a Northern Powerhouse, says AECOM…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Right to Build taskforce is launched
A Right to Build expert task force that aims to help 80 organisations across the UK deliver more homes over the next three years has been launched…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Council sanctions £183m council housing investment
Birmingham City Council has approved a £183 million investment into its council housing…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Offshore wind farm construction on a high – statistics
The total construction value for projects in the offshore wind farm sector reached £4.1 billion in 2016, increasing from £2.45 billion in 2015, according to latest statistics…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

News in brief

A round-up of planning news…

  • Sheffield mixed-use scheme green-lit
  • Masterplan approved for Glasgow uni expansion
  • London council approves hotel plans
  • Contractor appointed for Manchester development
  • Cotswolds to increase enforcement resources
  • New appointments to HCA board

Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning News – 16 February 2017

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Communities should have a say over pub conversions
The House of Lords has debated permitted development rights that might see a pub’s use change and neighbourhood planning groups being informed of national infrastructure projects…~
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Bakerloo Line extension to support 25,000 new homes
Transport for London (TfL) has launched a consultation into the extension of the Bakerloo London Underground line, which could release 25,000 new homes…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Report: Parks face period of decline
The contribution that parks make to public health, community integration and climate change mitigation needs more recognition, a Communities and Local Government committee report finds…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Thames Estuary to become creative hub
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has published plans to transform the Thames Estuary into a focal point for the creative and cultural industries…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Green light for 1,500-home scheme in Cardiff
Cardiff City Council has approved outline proposals from developer Persimmon Homes for a 1,500-home neighbourhood on the north-west flank of the Welsh capital…
Roger Milne, The Planner

News round up
A round-up of planning news

  • Call for evidence in Scotland on building regulations
  • £170 million plan to dual Somerset road
  • Contractor appointed for Oxford scheme
  • New Cornwall community approved
  • Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners changes to Lichfields
  • And more stories…

Laura Edgar, The Planner

The online planning application service for Wales

Last year, Welsh government went out to tender for someone to run their online planning application service from 2018 and we’re delighted to announce that we were the successful bidder.

The Portal continuing to provide a comprehensive service across England and Wales is fantastic news for us and more importantly for our customers, many of whom submit across different local authorities in both regions and can continue to benefit from the consistency we provide.

It also provides a national platform for us to deliver additional services to Wales, such as our recent building control application service.  These will be delivered outside of this contract in our mission to continue to transform planning and building.

Planning News – 2 February 2017

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Government’s neighbourhood planning policy challenged
A growing group of claimants has sent a judicial review application letter to the High Court in relation to the government’s ministerial statement on neighbourhood plans…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Guidance published to drive forward local growth
Advice that aims to enable pro-growth councils, the real estate sector and central government to development more innovative ways of driving forward local growth together has been published…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Report: Focus should be on releasing land through planning system
Efforts should be focused on improving the release of land through the planning system to boost building levels, says a planning consultancy…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Cardiff region city deal delivery plan approved
The City of Cardiff Council’s cabinet has approved a report setting out how the 10 local authorities in South East Wales involved with the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal will work together to ensure the £1.2 billion package delivers for the sub-region…
Roger Milne, The Planner

Dorset councils seek to merge
Six councils in Dorset have supported plans to change local government structures in the county and merger together…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

News in brief
A round-up of planning news…

  • Employers to develop planning apprenticeship
  • 17th century Monmouthshire building to be restored
  • 275,000 sign petitions to save Nottinghamshire forest from fracking
  • UK cities report record levels of construction
  • Challenge to Heathrow third runway halted
  • And more stories…

Laura Edgar, The Planner

Development applications continue to grow

January has whizzed past at a rate of knots and the increase in planning and building control applications continues.  January saw 43,031 planning applications submitted to local authorities through the Planning Portal.  That’s a rise of 7.6% on the number of applications submitted through our service last January.

Take-up to our building control application service also continues to grow.  We now have more than 100 local authorities and 11 Approved Inspectors set up to receive applications, with around 1,250 applications successfully submitted since it went live late last year.  Why not give it a try here if you haven’t already?  If you’re a building control body who wants to receive applications and you aren’t already set up, please contact your Account Manager.

Planning News – 26 January 2017

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250,000 social rented homes could be lost by 2020 – CIH
Nearly 250,000 of the cheapest rented homes could be lost between 2012 and 2020 in England, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Redhill cinema scheme approved
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s planning committee has approved a £40 million multiplex cinema, restaurants and shops in Redhill town centre, Surrey…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning tool upgraded to help London’s transport challenges
Transport for London (TfL) has upgraded its online planning tool in an attempt to help the capital’s planners design housing and business developments for the future…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Study suggests disconnect over housing development viability in Wales
A report that looks at why viability issues are stalling housing developments assessed as deliverable in local development plans highlights a disconnect between the aspirations of house builders/developers and local planning authorities…
Roger Milne, The Planner

Report: Estate regeneration demands a new approach
A fresh approach to regenerating London’s estates is required, and London businesses suggest that it could include building on disused spaces such as empty garages…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

News in brief
A round-up of planning news

  • Construction begins on Manchester build to rent scheme
  • Birmingham industrial unit approved
  • New hospital to be built in Westminster
  • Belfast residents invited to contribute to city’s development
  • Northern Line extension tunnelling to begin
  • Buntingford care home approved
  • And more stories…

Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning News – 19 January 2017

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Lords express concerns about planning conditions measures
Members of the House of Lords have expressed both support for and concern about measures for pre-commencement planning conditions laid out in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill – some calling for more evidence to suggest they delay house building…
Laura Edgar, the Planner

£1.2 billion allocated for England’s roads
Transport minister Andrew Jones has announced the allocation of £1.2 billion of roads funding in England…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Report: Helping SME builders could boost housing delivery
The number of SME builders has reduced by approximately 80 per cent over the last 25 years, according to a new report by the Home Builders Federation (HBF)…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Canterbury Cathedral welcome centre approved
Canterbury City Council has granted planning approval and listed building consent for the design of a new welcome centre for Canterbury Cathedral…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Key report backs Swansea tidal lagoon as ‘pathfinder project’
Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart has welcomed the publication of an independent review by former energy minister Charles Hendry, backing proposals for a £1.3 billion tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay…
Roger Milne, The Planner

News in brief
A round-up of planning news:

  • RTPI publishes Neighbourhood Planning Bill brief
  • Incentives for pensioners to downsize
  • Pollution zones in Scotland rise to 38
  • Site clearance for Midland Metro begins
  • RTPI calls for bursary sponsors
  • New homes for historic Leicestershire village

Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning News – 12 January 2017

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72% of councillors think planning system is undemocratic
Councillors in England think that the planning system works in the interests of developers over councils and local communities, according to new survey…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Britain to get quick-build homes – Javid
Communities secretary Sajid Javid says Britain will get thousands of new homes through a quick-build modular method…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Javid assigns £7bn to affordable homes
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has unlocked £7 billion in an expansion of the government’s affordable housing programme that aims to help the country’s housing needs to be met…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Scheme launched to stop infrastructure delays halting house building
A pilot scheme to stop infrastructure hold-ups delaying construction of new homes has been launched by the Housing & Finance Institute. The government has backed the scheme…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Swansea ‘box village’ project unveiled
The University of Wales Trinity St David has unveiled proposals for a so-called Swansea ‘box village’ made up of thousands of former shipping containers providing up to 18,580 square metres of floor space…
Roger Milne, The Planner

News in brief – A Round-up of planning news
RTPI awards for planning excellence 2017 entries closed
• 60-bed Cheshire care home approved
• Government to announce support for Swansea lagoon
• Kier granted £42m by HCA
• Khan announces new low-emission bus zones
• Ealing regeneration project approved
• Europa Way application submitted in Warwick
• Buyer secured for Birmingham development site.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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