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Planning permission and acquiring land for self-build

Self-build projects account for 7-10 per cent of new housing in England each year (around 12,000 homes); a figure dwarfed by 80 per cent in Austria and 60 per cent in France.

Barriers to self-build in England include; lack of available financing, planning and regulation processes and land supply and procurement.

In this article Sarah Chilcott, MD of Planning Portal, offers guidance on locating and acquiring land for self-build.

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Planning news – 25 May 2017

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UK councils ‘increasingly unable’ to meet affordable housing demands
Councils in the UK are increasingly unable to meet demands for affordable housing, with 98 per cent now describing their need as either severe or moderate, according to new research.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Value of new construction contracts down – new figures
The value of new construction contracts commissioned in April fell by 16 per cent when compared with March 2017, new figures have suggested.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Further delay as government ponders whether to guarantee Circuit of Wales project
Welsh ministers have accused the developers of the Circuit of Wales project of providing “inaccurate” information, as it faces further delays.
Roger Milne, The Planner

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Planning news – 18 May 2017

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Welsh ministers mull over new legislation for national parks and AONBs
The Welsh Government has announced that it is considering legal changes to the landscape protection regimes in place for national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).
Roger Milne, The Planner

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Community Infrastructure Levy and self-builders

While the UK has one of the lowest rates of self-build in Europe, government incentives and media attention have increased levels of activity and interest in recent years. We take a look at Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and responsibilities for self-builders.

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Planning news – 11 May 2017

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Supreme Court issues ruling on NPPF paragraph 49
The Supreme Court has delivered its verdict on the application and meaning of paragraphs 14 and 49 in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 4 May 2017

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill passes into law
The House of Commons and the House of Lords have agreed on the wording and provisions in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, which has now received Royal Assent.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 27 April 2017

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MPs demand sustainable drainage drive to curb flooding
Government’s policies on sustainable drainage are failing to protect communities from flood risk and miss opportunities to improve amenity and the environment, according to MPs.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Maps for planning applications – your questions answered

When you apply for planning permission, your local authority will usually require a planning map to support the application. Having the right map from a reputable source, increases your chances of a successful planning application; saving you time and money.

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Planning news – 20 April 2017

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Councils call for joined-up legislation to protect renters
The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to close a legal loophole that allows landlords to convert properties into multiple “tiny units” marked as self-contained flats to secure the maximum level of housing benefit payments.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning Portal new website launch – one year on

planning portal website screenshot

A sneak preview of the new section

Alongside a 15.6 per cent increase in planning applications between March 2016-2017, we have been celebrating a year since the launch of our new fully mobile-responsive website. It has been a hugely eventful year for the Planning Portal, both on and offline, and by way of taking a momentary breather, I thought I would take this opportunity to look back on the year that was.

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