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Planning news – 7 October 2021

PPG update published on paragraph 22
Housing minister Christopher Pincher has written to the Planning Inspectorate to confirm that guidance has been published on the way local authorities should reflect the recent National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) paragraph 22 changes in their local plans.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Greenfield surcharge would spur on brownfield development
The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has recommended that a ‘greenfield surcharge’ would encourage development of brownfield land.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Tough new flooding advice announced for Wales
The Welsh Government this week unveiled what it claims is the UK’s toughest guidance on development in areas prone to flooding and coastal erosion.
Roger Milne, The Planner

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RTPI Directory Renewals now open!

The Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Directory of Planning Consultants 2022 is now open! 

The RTPI Directory is a resource for individuals to find a planning consultant for their forthcoming developments. 

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The digital future of planning and building: watch our last webinar

The recording of our latest webinar – ‘The digital future of planning and building’ – is now available on the On Demand section of the Planning Portal Community Hub.

Head over and sign up for your free profile to catch up on the latest developments to the Planning Portal application system and guidance site, as discussed by Paramjit Singh last week. You can also access all our On Demand content, latest industry news and networking opportunities.

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Applications by type: Householder Applications continue to outperform the average

September’s Planning Market Insight Report revealed that applications for home improvements continued to outperform the average rise in applications in August, but for the first time since applications began to recover last June the difference was negligible. In August, Homeowner and associated consents were 15 per cent higher than August 2020, compared to an increase of 8 per cent in applications overall. This 7 per cent difference is similar to that seen in July (6 per cent), and lower than the 20 per cent difference in June applications. Both July and August figures indicate the beginning of a slowdown in applications related to home improvements, which have consistently outperformed the baseline increase over the last 12 months.

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Local Planning Authorities: A focus on Wales

This month’s Planning Market Insight Report took at look at planning application submissions to Local Authorities in Wales. There are 25 Local Planning Authorities in Wales, with 22 unitary authorities and three National Park authorities.

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Planning news – 30 September 2021

45 per cent increase in planning applications submitted
Statistics published by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) show that 128,400 applications were submitted to district-level planning authorities in England seeking planning permission between April and June 2021.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Partnership seeks to help small builders
Lloyds Banking Group and Homes England have announced that they will invest an additional £300 million commitment to SME and regional housebuilders in the UK.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning and historic environment law set to be simplified
The Welsh Government has launched a new programme to simplify planning and historic environment law, part of a long-term project to create Codes of Welsh law.
Roger Milne, The Planner

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Snaptrude – enhancing the future of design

Planning Portal are transforming building and planning. As part of our mission to achieve this, we work closely with TerraQuest, our parent company, to present solutions we believe will enhance your experience. Below, we hear from TerraQuest’s Chief Operating Officer, Craig Harper, about new design software being presented by TerraQuest.

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The digital future of planning and building: Planning Portal’s latest webinar series

The first episode of our new webinar series went live this week (28 September). We’re getting ever closer to going live with the re-platforming of the Planning Portal application service and guidance site and are excited to share with you these developments, what it means for you and what we’re planning to do next.

Yesterday’s episode updated you on all the work we have carried out over the summer months, looking at the updated user journey, new screens and an update on functions and features.

We also shared a first look at the new Planning Portal logo which will be launching in the new year. You may see the new logo around at events, so keep an eye out for us over the coming months!

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Planning news – 24 September 2021

MHCLG to change name as Johnson reaffirms commitment to levelling-up agenda
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) will be changed to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities as part of his commitment to level up across the UK.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Building People – connecting diverse people with opportunities in the building industry

The Planning Portal has recently become an active supporter of Building People, by helping to highlight their platform for diversity in the building industry.

Building People CIC is a social enterprise that is creating connections across the built environment to address the sector challenges of skills, diversity and social value. Through collaboration and innovation, Building People is connecting diverse people to opportunities, and enabling employers to widen their talent pools.

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