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Planning news – 21 February 2019

High Court rejects Tate Modern neighbours’ privacy challenge
The High Court has thrown out a challenge by residents of luxury flats overlooked by Tate Modern who tried to block visitors looking into their homes from the gallery’s viewing platform.
Huw Morris, The Planner

£9m cash boost for garden community housing
Housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced that £9 million will be used to speed up the building of new garden towns and villages.
Laura Edgar, The Planner Read more…

Planning news – 14 February 2019

Royal Parks objects to Holocaust memorial next to Parliament
The body responsible for managing the site of a proposed national memorial to the Holocaust has objected to the scheme.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Scientists call for relaxation of fracking earthquake rules
Nearly 50 geoscientists are calling on the government to review the fracking earthquake limit and suggest that it should be relaxed to boost the industry.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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The Planning Portal’s payment service drastically improves payment efficiency

Our aim when launching our new payment service in September 2018 was to speed up the planning application process by helping to reduce the amount of invalid applications.

We knew that missing payments accounted for a quarter of all invalid applications across England and that these missing payment issues were very often related to cheque payments.

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Planning news – 7 February 2019

Government announces five upward extension developments for the capital
Homes will be built on the top of London rooftops by the summer. Homes England has agreed a £9 million funding deal with an airspace developer.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Brokenshire issues directions over Wirral and Thanet local plans
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has issued directions to Wirral Council and Thanet District Council for their failure to implement an up-to-date local plan.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 31 January 2019

RTPI urges planners to protect ancient woodlands
Planning has a key role in protecting ancient woodland and trees which are threatened by the cumulative effects of inappropriate developments on their fringes as much as permanent loss and damage.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Alternatives proposed to garden communities in Essex
Two alternatives have been proposed to building three garden communities in North Essex.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Article 4 Direction proposed to manage HMO conversion in South London
Croydon Council plans to issue an Article 4 Direction to protect family homes from conversion into houses of multiple occupation (HMO).
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 24 January 2019

Organisations warn against poor design resulting from permitted development
Government proposals to extend upwards and convert commercial properties into dwellings by extending permitted development rights will result in poor-quality development and see public services suffer.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Huge Anglesey nuclear power scheme suspended
Work on a huge new nuclear power station on Anglesey has been suspended, a move with potentially dire consequences for North Wales’s economy.
Roger Milne, The Planner Read more…

Planning News – 17 January 2019

SuDs regulations come into force in Wales
Regulations for Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDs) for new property developments in Wales have come into effect.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Birmingham announces partner for Smithfield development
Birmingham City Council has announced Lendlease as its development partner to deliver its plans for the 17-hectare Birmingham Smithfield site.
Laura Edgar, The Planner Read more…

Planning News – 10 December 2018

Gove publishes draft green governance bill
The environment secretary Michael Gove has published draft clauses for the first environmental bill for 20 years.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

Manufacturing zones designated in East Midlands
Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced the four projects that will form the new East Midlands Manufacturing Zones.
Laura Edgar, The Planner Read more…

Planning News – 20 December 2018

Government statistics show two per cent rise in homes granted permission
The number of homes granted planning permission in England rose by two per cent in the year to the end of September, rising to 359,500.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Government freezes threshold on New Homes Bonus
The New Homes Bonus threshold is set to be frozen next year as the government unveiled a modest £20 million increase in the programme.
Huw Morris, The Planner Read more…

Planning Portal services and availability over the festive period

Please note the following availability of our services over the festive period.

Service Desk

For website support, our Service Desk will be available as follows:

24 December     09:00 – 15:00
25 December     Closed
26 December     Closed
27 December     09:00 – 17:00
28 December     09:00 – 17:00
31 December     09:00 – 15:00
1 January          Closed
2 January          09:00 – 17:00

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