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Planning news – 23 November 2017

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Celebrated landscapes under pressure from housing development
The number of homes built in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has increased by 82 per cent in the past five years despite government commitments to maintain their protected status.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Javid threatens intervention in 15 councils for local plan failure
Fifteen local authorities have been served notice of government intervention after missing deadlines and failing to make progress in producing a local plan.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Planning Portal launch hub for professionals

Following on from the success of our new mobile-responsive site in March 2016, we are delighted to announce the launch of Professional Portal, our new online hub dedicated to industry professionals.

As the trusted site for professionals seeking guidance on planning and building control since 2002, we are always looking for ways to develop and diversify our content to meet the changing needs of the sector, for both professionals and homeowners.

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Planning news – 16 November 2017

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Hammond urged to address construction staff shortages in London
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on chancellor Philip Hammond to take ‘emergency action’ to support homebuilding in the forthcoming Budget as concerns in the housing industry mount over the impact of Brexit.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Report: Councils should be able to buy land at cheaper prices
Some councils should be designated ‘special housing zones’ in order to flood the market with new homes for sub-market sale or rent, according to a new report.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 9 November 2017

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Commercial ownership data made free
HM Land Registry has announced that data on land and property in England and Wales will be made freely available.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

‘Cowboy clients hampering’ SME builders
New research has suggested that ‘cowboy clients’ are ‘hampering’ three-quarters of SMEs in construction in their business.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 26 October 2017

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Government think tank demands review of London planning
London’s planning system needs radical reforms to significantly reduce bias against development, according to a think tank.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Funding awarded to improve local roads and unlock housing
A total of £244 million has been awarded to 76 projects across England to improve local roads and public transport as well as supporting housing development.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Planning news – 19 October 2017

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Digital tool launched to pinpoint development land potential
A digital tool has been launched to show the potential for bringing together land, planning and housing data from different government agencies in one place.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Downing Street summit hears May’s pledge to boost house building
Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to take ‘personal ownership’ of the drive to speed up housing development and urged sector leaders to play their part at a Downing Street summit yesterday.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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How to get planning permission for self-build projects first time

You have found the site or the renovation project and are keen to get started. The last thing you need are delays with processing your planning application. Whether your plot comes complete with planning permission or you need to apply for approval, understanding the process, as well as the requirements and concerns of your local authority, will help you to achieve your aspirations and ensure your project complies with both the planning and building control requirements.

In this article, we introduce you to our Professional Portal; a central online hub for finding guidance, information and tools for managing any project. We also offer some handy tips on getting planning permission for your self-build first time, below.

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Planning news – 12 October 2017

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Development approved after mayor doubles affordable housing
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved a new residential development in Mill Hill, North London, after he stepped in to double the level of affordable housing.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Silvertown Tunnel decision delayed
Transport minister Paul Maynard has announced that a decision on development consent order (DCO) to build a road under the River Thames in East London has been delayed by one month.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Positive uptake for Planning Portal’s new payment ReDirect service

As you may have heard, Planning Portal launched the first payment ReDirect service for our planning application service last week. The service, which allows clients to securely and easily pay for applications submitted by their agents, has proved a great success with 63 local authorities signed up to the service and a number of payments successfully processed.

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Planning news – 5 October 2017

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May commits £2bn extra to affordable housing
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the government will spend an additional £2 billion on affordable housing, as she commits to renewing the British dream of owning a home.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Garden towns get cash boost
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced a £2.5 million cash injection in an attempt to speed up the delivery of more than 155,000 new homes in proposed garden towns across England.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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