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Planning News – 30 August 2019

Guidance published for s.78 appeals
The Planning Inspectorate has published new guidance for the submission of the Statement of Case and Statement of Common Ground for s.78 appeals. There is also a new process for each.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Garden town approved in the South West
Somerset and West Taunton Council has granted approval for 2,000 new homes, which will be part of a new community.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Mixed-use plan submitted for Bristol
A mixed-use regeneration plan that includes homes and a secondary school has been submitted to Bristol City Council.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 21 August 2019

Housing association to build ‘plastic-free’ homes
Accord Housing Association has committed to building ‘virtually plastic-free’ housing as it attempts to reduce the amount of plastic used during construction.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Caerphilly councillors vote to block 618-home scheme
Members of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s planning committee have voted against proposals for a development of up to 618 new homes, 40 per cent of which would be affordable. Their unanimous stance went against the advice of officials.
Roger Milne, The Planner

New guide offers tips to improve sports provision
Planning guidance that aims to make it simpler and easier for local authorities to provide facilities that enable people to get active has been published.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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AT Awards 2019

The Planning Portal are delighted to announce that we will be a Media Partner of the CIAT AT Awards 2019. This prestigious event will award great international achievements in Architectural Technology, recognising exceptional contributors to the built environment.

Taking place 15:00 – 18:00 on Friday 13 September at the Village Underground in Shoreditch, East London, the event promises to be an incredible afternoon of entertainment, networking and the opportunity to celebrate Architectural Technology at its best.

The awards span across a number of fields, each taking into account the pioneering application of Architectural Technology dependent on specific benchmarks laid out for each award. Designs are required to be robust and functional, must have a durable structure, be environmentally sustainable and have been built economically.

The awards categories are;

  • AT Awards I Practice, including;
    • The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology; and
    • The Alan King Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology for projects with a value no greater than £750k sterling or equivalent to money of international entries.
  • AT Awards I Students including;
    • The Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Project); and
    • The Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Report)
  • AT Awards I The Chartered Architectural Technologist of the Year

For more information about the event, to see the finalists for each award and to book your tickets to CIAT’s premier accolade please visit:

Planning News – 14 August 2019

Guidance issued for measuring land
Draft guidance for the measurement of land, which would become global best practice for the consistent calculation of land measurement and associated metrics, has been published for consultation.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Inspectors recommend West of England plan be withdrawn
The Planning Inspectorate has rejected the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), with inspectors citing concerns with the proposed Strategic Development Locations (SDLs) as one of the reasons.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

MHCLG appoints consultant to develop design guide
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has appointed Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design and the Design Council to develop a visual design guide.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 7 August 2019

NPPF changes not protecting trees
Some local planners are failing to use the changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to safeguard trees and ancient woodland, according to the Woodland Trust.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Khan intervenes to back Barnet housing development
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved a major development of 844 homes on a disused retail park in north west London after the scheme was originally rejected by the local authority.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Nuns could be forced out by West Malling housing plan
Plans for 65 homes near to St Mary’s Abbey in West Malling could force the community of Anglican Benedictine nuns to leave the historic building.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Event for Applicants and Agents in the Planning System in London

Towards the end of this year the Greater London Authority (GLA) are aiming to launch a new version of the London Development Database (LDD).

The LDD has acted as the single source of information about developments with planning permission being built since 2004. This has become expensive to operate and provides a limited insight into the planning and development system in London.

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Planning News – 31 July 2019

LGA opens bids to tackle housing crisis
The Local Government Association (LGA) has opened its bids for the third year to tackle the housing crisis.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

Housebuilders told to protect wildlife
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has told developers they must to do more to protect wildlife in Britain.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

M25 junction change to be examined by PINS
An application by Highways England for changes to the M25 J10/A3 Wisley Interchange has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 24 July 2019

Consultation begins on electric vehicle charge points for new homes
The government has published a consultation on proposals that would require all new-build homes to be fitted with electric car charge points.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

London mayor rejects Tulip Tower
Sadiq Khan has directed the City of London Corporation to refuse planning permission for the controversial skyscraper on land adjacent to 20 Bury Street.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

SuDS hold up planning applications in England
A report suggests that planning applications in England are twice as likely to be blocked or delayed due to sustainable drainage system (SuDS) design compared to applications in Wales.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

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Improvements to the Nominate payment option

Update: this enhancement is now live. View our guidance note

Since its implementation in September last year, the Financial Transaction Service (FTS) has changed the way payments are made for planning applications; streamlining the process for Local Planning Authorities (LPAs), agents and applicants alike.

One of the biggest changes has been the Nominate payment option (previously known as Payment ReDirect), which accounts for over 42 per cent of payments received via our payment system.

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Planning News – 18 July 2019

Guide aims to promote best practice in community-led housing
Community First Yorkshire aims to help local authorities support the delivery of community-led housing development in the region and beyond.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Khan is not delivering affordable family homes, say London Tories
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been accused of not delivering enough affordable family-sized homes.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

£4m for Grimsby regeneration
Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry has committed a further £4 million to the regeneration of Grimsby.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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