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Planning news – 22 February 2018

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Backlog of more than 400,000 homes with permission, says LGA
According to research by the Local Government Association (LGA), there are more than 450,000 homes with planning permission waiting to be built in England and Wales.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Khan gives green light to factory-built scheme
The Mayor of London has approved plans for a 21-storey residential building in Croydon that will be constructed off-site in a factory.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 8 February 2018

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Quartermain: Revised NPPF to be published in draft in spring
A letter to England’s local authorities from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) chief planner states that the government intends to publish a draft revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) before Easter.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Javid proposes extending upwards in cities
Housing secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that the government supports the creation of a new generation of town houses in cities in an attempt to ease pressure on ‘valuable’ open spaces and to help growing families.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 1 February 2018

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Plans to test for gas in Cheshire refused
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committee has voted to reject IGas’s plans to carry out further tests for gas at Ellesmere Port.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Wolverhampton constructs council homes offsite
The first of the City of Wolverhampton Council’s council homes to have been constructed offsite will be dropped into place at Fallings Park at the end of this month.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 25 January 2018

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Permitted development rights should be scrapped, argues LGA
Permitted development rights rules are “detrimental” to local communities and should be scrapped, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Martin Read, The Planner

Parliamentary group established for new towns
A new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been established with the aim of highlighting the growth opportunities and challenges in Britain’s post-war new towns.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 18 January 2018

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Homes England launches
Housing secretary Sajid Javid has launched national housing agency Homes England, the successor to the Homes and Communities Agency.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Panel to review barriers to building announced
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced who will sit alongside Sir Oliver Letwin to review housing build-out rates.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 11 January 2018

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Date set for 20 per cent planning fee increase
A letter from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s chief planner reveals that a 20 per cent increase in planning fees will come into effect on 17 January.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Khan approves £1.4bn regeneration plans for Croydon
The Mayor of London has green-lit Croydon Partnership’s plans to revamp the Whitgift shopping centre, which will see more than 500,000 square metres of new shops and restaurants established.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning application fee changes in effect from 17 January 2018

The Planning Portal has successfully deployed application fee changes in response to the legislation that increased planning application fees by 20 per cent in England, removed some exemptions, and introduced new categories in regard to applications for Permission in Principle.

The changes made by the government came into force on 17 January 2018.

View ‘The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017’.

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Planning and building control – Product and service development in 2017

Well, we thought 2016 was a busy year but 2017 has proved to be even more so. New products and services to market, established services refined and enhanced, content hubs launched… here’s a rundown of the year that was at the Planning Portal.

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Planning news – 14 December 2017

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LGA says councils are hampered by planning fee increase delay
By the end of this financial year, local authorities will miss out on an extra £70 million if the government does not bring forward long-awaited measures to increase planning fees, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Dover AONB homes stopped by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the Court of Appeal against plans to build 521 homes in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Brownfield registers don’t consider small sites – CPRE
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has said brownfield land registers are failing to record the small plots that could deliver an extra 188,734 homes across the country.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 7 December 2017

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New online tool judges sustainability of proposals
A ‘scorecard’ enabling planners to assess the sustainability of proposed developments has been launched by the Sustainable Development Commission and Iceni Projects.
Simon Wicks, The Planner

Compulsory purchase orders fall sharply but remain successful
Submissions of planning compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) fell sharply last year although their success rates remain high, according to latest research.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Clark closes fracking consent loophole
The government has closed a loophole in the consent regime for fracking.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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