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Planning news – 17 May 2018

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Grayling approves Silvertown Tunnel DCO
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has approved a development consent order (DCO) for a road to be built under the River Thames in East London.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

More than half of councils say affordable housing need is ‘severe’
A report published by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) has found that 63 per cent of UK councils rate their affordable housing need as severe.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 10 May 2018

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NPPF consultation deadline looming
There is less than a week to respond to the consultation on the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which aims to help the make planning rules fairer, and close the gap between planning permissions granted and homes built out.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

James Brokenshire announced as the new housing secretary
Prime Minister Theresa May has announced James Brokenshire, MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup, as the new housing secretary as Sajid Javid becomes the new Secretary of State for the Home Department following the resignation of Amber Rudd.
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Planning news – 3 May 2018

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Government to invest in modern approaches to housing design
At a conference in London, government ministers have called on the housing industry to deliver well-designed homes, saying the government will invest in modern approaches to design and construction.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Masterplan to prepare Runcorn for HS2
A consortium has been appointed to produce a masterplan and delivery strategy to enable the regeneration of the Runcorn Station Quarter area.
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Changes to permitted development rights for agricultural sites

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2018 came into effect on 6 April. This is an amendment to the original Order issued in 2015.  Read more…

Planning news – 26 April 2018

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Call for garden city reference to be reinstated in the NPPF
More than 50 organisations have called on the government to reinstate a reference to garden city principles in the draft National Planning Policy Framework, which is currently out for consultation.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

West of England submits joint spatial plan
Four councils have submitted a draft West of England Joint Spatial Plan to housing secretary Sajid Javid.
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Planning news – 19 April 2018

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Consultation on new building safety rules
Housing secretary Sajid Javid has published a consultation on proposals that aim to strengthen fire testing for cladding systems on residential buildings.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Havering to establish second planning committee to cut applications overturned at appeal
The governance committee at the London Borough of Havering has agreed to establish a new strategic planning committee to deal with strategic applications and other strategic planning matters.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Update to Approved Document L1B

Approved Document L1B and the Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide were both updated on 6 April 2018. The updated documents deliver guidance on compliance for building work carried out in England. Read more…

Planning Portal launch planning application service for Wales in May 2018

We are delighted to announce that we will be launching the new planning application service for Wales on the 29th May 2018. From this date, applications for planning permission in Wales should be submitted via the dedicated Welsh online application service hosted at www.gov.wales/planningapplications.

Planning Portal user account details will continue to work on the new service, and applications already created in draft on the Planning Portal will be available to edit and submit.  Users may be required to confirm user login details before beginning or resuming work on applications, although this is related to the need to comply with the emerging General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) rather than to the creation of the new service. Any applications already in draft will continue to be available on both services and no work will be lost.

You will only be able to submit/view applications to Welsh LPAs on the Welsh service and submit/view applications to English LPAs on the English service. If you try to submit an application to the incorrect country from one of the services you will receive a message informing you of the issue and giving you a link to access the correct service.

If you are in “My Applications” and you have applications submitted to the country you are not in you will see a message informing you of this, the number of applications for the tab you are on in the other country and link to get to that service. Clicking this link will require you to login in again, but your credentials will be the same.

For local authorities, there will be no impact on any ICT systems that link to the service.

If you are an industry professional and have links to the service on your website, following the launch you will need to update these with a link to the new service.

Further communications will be provided prior to launch, but if you have any questions regarding the new service please contact us at support@planningportal.co.uk

Planning news – 12 April 2018

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Councils and developers ‘must’ work together to improve housing quality
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched two new resources that aim to help developers and local authorities boost housing standards and improve social value outcomes.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Land reform could save ‘billions’ for councils building homes, says think tank
Reform of the land market could reduce the upfront cost of an affordable housebuilding programme by more than a third, according to cross-party think tank Civitas.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 5 April 2018

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Historic farm buildings receive a £2m grant
A £2 million grant scheme is being rolled out this year in five national parks, offering funding for land managers to restore their historic farm buildings, the government has announced.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

Government failing rural communities, say Lords
There has been a ‘consistent failure, over a number of years, to prioritise the ‘rural affairs’ element of the remit of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra), according to a report by the Lords Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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