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Planning News – 28 August 2020

Mixed-use scheme in west London approved
Ealing Council has granted planning permission for a mixed-used development in Trumpers Way, Hanwell.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Proposals for Liverpool docks site submitted
A planning application for the redevelopment of a site next to Liverpools Stanley Dock has been submitted to the city council.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Council backs LDO for district heating
The planning committee at East Devon District Council has unanimously voted to adopt a local development order (LDO) for District Heating Networks in the west end of the district.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Joanna Averley opening keynote speaker at Planning Portal Virtual Conference 2020

We are delighted to announce that Joanna Averley, MHCLG’s new Chief Planner, will be the opening keynote speaker for the Planning Portal Virtual Conference 2020, covering planning reform. She will be addressing the Government white paper just three weeks after the consultation is due to close.

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New Prior Approvals for the end of August, and Use Class changes from the start of September

The next round of legislative updates from Government introduce a further 6 specific types of permitted development (each requiring a ‘Prior Approval’ application), set a fee to most of the new prior approval application types, and usher in significant changes to how uses are classified.

We will be providing PDF forms to allow Prior Approval to be applied for where proposals fall under the new permitted development rights and work to integrate these into our online services going forward.

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Planning News – 20 August

Pilots announced for nature recovery plans
Five local authorities are to act as pilot areas to test ways in which the recovery of landscapes and wildlife in England can be driven locally.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Low engagement from young adults with local plans, poll finds
A recent poll has found that just 11 per cent of young adults have knowingly engaged with consultations on their area’s local plan.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Funding confirmed for York project
Homes England and Network Rail have announced an investment of £77 million into York’s city centre quarter regeneration development to help unlock housing and infrastructure.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning applications rise again – The busiest month on record 

Our latest Planning Market Insight Report shows that the volumes of online planning applications being submitted continues to rise and is much higher than usual for the summer.

Our latest report shows that July recorded the highest number of planning applications submitted in a single month since our records began in 2005, with nearly 60,000 applications sent to Local Authorities in England and Wales.

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Planning News – 13 August 2020

Jenrick commits more funding to neighbourhood planning
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced funding targeted at helping urban and deprived areas create neighbourhood plans.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Massive rise recorded in build-to-rent developments
The number of build-to-rent homes under construction or planned across the UK has jumped by 22 per cent against the same period last year, according to the British Property Federation (BPF).
Huw Morris, The Planner

Low-carbon city district proposed for Cambridgeshire
The Greater Cambridge Planning Service has put together plans for a new city district in North East Cambridge that is low-carbon with minimal car use.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 6 August 2020

Jenrick commits cash for 45,000 homes
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has committed £1.3 billion to deliver up to 45,000 homes, create 85,000 jobs, upgrade skills and improve infrastructure as part of government plans to deliver a green economic recovery from Covid-19.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Industry supports planning reforms outlined by housing secretary
Reforms outlined by housing secretary Robert Jenrick have been broadly welcomed by the built environment industry, but they warn that quality must not be compromised.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Interactive roadmap seeks to aid improvement of town centres
The Better Towns Roadmap consortium has launched an interactive roadmap to help to ‘transform’ towns across the UK.
Laura Edgar, The Planner
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Webinar: Impact of COVID-19 on Planning Application submissions

Join us for our first Webinar where myself, Scott Alford, and expert analyst, Jonathan Fincher, will share insight and analysis covering COVID-19 and its impact on planning application submissions.

Tomorrow, Thursday 6th August, I’ll be presenting some interesting insights from our Planning Market Insight Reports where we have analysed trends and reviewed the impact that COVID-19 has had upon planning application submission over recent months.

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Planning news – 30 July 2020

MPs propose that planning fees should be set locally
The Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Committee has recommended that the ability to set planning fees should be devolved to local authorities, with a national minimum rate.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

South East in transport devolution bid
Transport for the South East has submitted a bid to the government to become a statutory body so that it can accelerate investment in sustainable transport.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

District councils concerned about meeting housing targets
The District Councils’ Network (DCN) has called on the government to take a pragmatic approach to support councils and amend existing planning guidelines as planning authorities are concerned about delivering their housing targets owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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TerraQuest launch their new look website and rebranded image

We’re excited to announce that after months of hard work, our parent company TerraQuest have launched their new look website yesterday (28 July), taking the first step into launching their new brand identity.

The brand updates have been implemented to show the progression of TerraQuest since it was established in 1972, retaining the core company messaging whilst modernising, helping them to become industry leaders within their sector.

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