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Planning news – 21 September 2017

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Sharma allots £22m for communities to help deliver housing
Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has announced that £22.8 million of government funding will go to communities to help them deliver neighbourhood plans.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Sir Terry Farrell invites planning profession to make the most of IT
Sir Terry Farrell CBE has called on the planning profession to embrace the opportunities presented by the continuing technology revolution.
Martin Read, The Planner

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Planning news – 14 September 2017

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Sharma launches shop for land
Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma, has opened the UK’s first ‘plot shop’ in Bicester.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Green belt shrinks owing to inclusion in eight local plans
The green belt has decreased by 790 hectares because of the adoption by eight local authorities of their local plans, according to Department for Communities and Local Government statistics.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 7 September 2017

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Khan plans to buy land for housing with £250m
An initial £250 million has been earmarked by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to buy and prepare land for new and affordable homes in his draft Housing Strategy.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Call for community land trusts to be exempt from leasehold reforms
A housing charity says the government’s proposed reforms for leasehold would become a ‘stranglehold’ for community-led housing providers that could jeopardise thousands of new homes.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 31 August 2017

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Khan announces first 100 per cent affordable housing site
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that a former industrial site in Walthamstow has been released for development with 100 per cent affordable homes for first-time buyers.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

HS2 looks for construction firms to build London stations
HS2 Ltd has begun searching for the companies that will transform London Euston station and build a new transport hub at Old Oak Common ready for the high-speed rail line.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 24 August 2017

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Northern leaders demand fairer transport deal
Political and business leaders from across the north of England have met to demand a fair transport deal from the government.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Second home ownership rises in Britain
The proportion of adults in Britain who own a second home increased by 30 per cent between 2000-2002 and 2012-2014, according to analysis published by think tank Resolution Foundation.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Outbuildings security

While household crime is decreasing, thefts from gardens and outbuildings is unfortunately on the rise. Whether you have a greenhouse, garden shed, workshop or any other kind of outbuilding, our handy tips will help you improve security and protect your property from crime.

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Planning news – 17 August 2017

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Khan releases finalised supplementary planning guidance
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that half the homes built on public land in London will have to be affordable if they are to benefit from faster planning permission.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

London’s Garden Bridge project closed
The Garden Bridge Trust has announced that it is ‘winding up’ the proposed £200 million Garden Bridge project.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 10 August 2017

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Report: Sharma’s top priorities
As we look to the immediate and long-term future, new housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has a lot on his plate – a housing shortage (market, affordable and social), a lack of supporting infrastructure, and a growing skills shortage that is expected to get worse with Brexit.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

International status of Wales’s national parks and AONBs under threat
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas has warned that Wales’s national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) risk forfeiting their status as internationally recognised protected areas if contemplated reforms to the existing planning and designation regime are implemented.
Roger Milne, The Planner

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Planning news – 3 August 2017

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Council reviews planning decisions owing to wrong air quality data
Errors made in monitoring air quality by Cheshire East Council have affected planning applications across the area, so the council is now reviewing whether mitigation measures are required.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Government frees up £54m to release land for housing
The government has launched a £54 million package that aims to transform local communities and release land for thousands of new homes.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 27 July 2017

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SME construction growth slows
The small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) section of the construction sector grew in the second quarter of 2017, but at a slower rate than the first three months of the year, according to a Federation of Master Builders (FMB) trade survey.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Night czar offers recipe for saving London’s LGBT venues
Planners can take the lead in arresting the decline of London’s LGBT venues and protecting its cultural spaces, according to London’s night czar.
Simon Wicks, The Planner

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