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1App outage this weekend

Just a reminder that our English planning application service (1App) will be unavailable from 17:00 on Friday 7 September until 09:00 on Monday 10 September in order to deploy our new financial transaction service.

To find out more about the service, please take a look at our previous post.

Planning News – 30 August 2018

6,000 homes approved on appeal, report suggests
In 2017, 65 per cent of 78 appeals that were recommended for approval by council planning officers but rejected by councillors were overturned at appeal, resulting in the approval of 6,000 homes, according to a report.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Clear joined-up approach needed for national and regional infrastructure, report says
A report by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called for the government to establish an inter-departmental group that includes all departments with responsibilities for infrastructure so that policy, planning and delivery is better coordinated.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 23 August 2018

Bidding opens for garden community development support
Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced a new programme of garden communities, inviting garden town and village developers to bid for additional government support for projects.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Major consultations on regeneration and transport launched in Manchester
Two large-scale consultations have been launched in Greater Manchester setting out a gateway regeneration plan and the future of transport in the city centre.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Launch date confirmed for new financial transaction service in England

Earlier this month we used this blog to introduce our new financial transaction service, explaining what it is and why we are launching it.  We also provided links to further information for agents and local authorities. We are now happy to reveal the official launch date for the new service. Read more…

Planning Portal announced as official sponsor of CIAT’s 2018 AT awards

In light of our recent Strategic Partnership agreement, The Planning Portal are delighted to announce ourselves as an official sponsor of CIAT’s 2018 AT awards.

CIAT’s prestigious AT awards celebrate innovation and achievement in architectural technology. Judges seek to commend projects which are economical, environmentally positive and built-to-last. Read more…

Planning News – 16 August 2018

Campaigners challenge Heathrow NPS in the High Court
Friends of the Earth has launched a legal challenge against the government’s decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow Airport, claiming it is unlawful because it fails to address the UK’s climate change obligations.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Councils urged to use planning powers to press forward on housebuilding
The body representing councils is signalling an end to polarised arguments about housing development that blames slow building rates on planning authorities or developers land banking.
Huw Morris, The Planner
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Planning news – 10 August 2018

‘Strategic shrinking’ of green belt as harmful as building on it, says CPRE
Reviewing green belt boundaries as part of the local plan process should only take place in exceptional circumstances – but this ‘strategic shrinking’ of the green belt is as ‘harmful’ as building on it, according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Thomas White Oxford submits planning application for Oxford North
Planning and architectural consultancy Thomas White Oxford has submitted a planning application to Oxford City Council, on behalf of St John’s College, to transform an area in north Oxford into a sustainable business community.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

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Planning news – 2 August 2018

Brokenshire tells Khan London plan will be examined against previous NPPF
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has announced that the draft London Plan will be examined against the previous National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) so that the Mayor of London can ‘continue to progress’ the plan.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Perry gives green light to fracking at controversial Lancashire site
Shale gas company Cuadrilla is expected to start fracking at a well in Lancashire in the next few weeks after a minister rubber-stamped its application.
Huw Morris, The Planner Read more…

New payment service for 1App in England

Since we were privatised in 2015, we have continued to develop our services, including significant investment in a new 1App service, a new building control application service and new interactive houses, as well as of course keeping everything compliant with legislation as it changes. All of this costs money to develop and maintain.

As we are no longer funded by the government, we have sought to generate income by launching services which add value to the process for all our customers, be that agents, applicants or local authorities. These services are gaining traction and income is rising, but we are still working to balance our books and continue to rely on the financial support of our parent company, which can’t last forever.

The latest new service, due for launch in September is the most transformative that we have launched to date, and in line with all the others we have worked hard to ensure that it will add value to all our customers. Critically, it will also bring us much needed income to balance our books and ensure that we can improve 1App in the way we have all wanted to for many years, as well as maintaining all our other services, free content and interactive guidance. Read more…

Planning news – 26 July 2018

Government publishes revised NPPF
The much-anticipated revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has finally been published with an increased emphasis on high-quality design. This page continues to evolve as response to the document comes in.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Government kicks off consultation on shale gas development
The government has launched a consultation on proposed planning reforms for exploratory shale gas development in England.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner
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