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Planning news – 10 December 2020

Marginal increase in affordable homes delivered
In England there were 57,644 affordable homes completions during 2019/2020 – a one per cent increase on the number delivered over the previous year, according to statistics published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Laura Edgar, The Planner

UK planning systems must hold housebuilders to account on design
The housebuilding industry ‘must stop receiving a free pass’ on design, states a report published 7 December.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Charity proposes turning former Nottingham shopping centre into green space
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has set out its proposals to rewild the site of Nottingham’s former Broadmarsh shopping centre.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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OS survey on purchasing location data

We are working in conjunction with Ordnance Survey and Locatum to understand what influences purchase decisions when buying location data. To better understand this, Locatum have designed a brief survey, which is anonymous and short. 

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Planning news – 3 December 2020

More than 2,000 homes approved in Coventry
Coventry City Council has granted outline planning permission for a residential development of up to 2,400 homes, including extra-care accommodation, which will be located on the 350-acre Eastern Green site.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Stonehenge DCO approval could face legal action
The lawfulness of the decision by transport secretary Grant Shapps to grant a development consent order (DCO) for a dual carriageway for the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down in Wiltshire past Stonehenge World Heritage Site is to be investigated.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Outline consent for industrial development granted
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has granted – with conditions – planning permission for up to 67,036 square metres of employment floor space including up to 5,088 square metres of ancillary office floor space, an HGV fuelling station and lorry-washing facilities at land off Cumwell Lane, Hellaby.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning Portal respond to Government white paper – Planning for the Future

Planning Portal deliver around 90 per cent of all planning applications electronically to councils in England and Wales whilst simultaneously maintaining a wealth of advice and guidance on permitted development, planning policy, and building regulations. It is this knowledge and experience, working with a wide range of stakeholders, we believe allows us to present a unique insight into the planning system thus necessitating our response.

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Prior Approval downloadable forms update – November 2020

We have made some amendments to our Prior Approval PDF forms to better reflect the legislative process and wording. These changes are summarised in two sections below.

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Planning Portal’s Virtual Conference

Collaboration, digitisation, and community engagement. These were the themes that arose time and again throughout all four days of the Planning Portal’s Virtual Conference held on 16 – 19 November 2020.

Following the trend of 2020, this year’s conference was held virtually, with speakers, panellists and Q & A sessions held online, offering insight and the latest updates across the planning and building process. Including the latest Government white paper, developments in policy including biodiversity net gain and building standards, and advancements in technology both for development management and throughout the planning process, the week was jam packed with information and insight.

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Planning news – 26 November 2020

Can biodiversity net gain meet the needs of people and the environment?
Should the biodiversity net gain system be focusing more explicitly on supporting human wellbeing? Is biodiversity recovery best served by working on individual sites or at a larger, more strategic scale? To what extent can the biodiversity net gain system contribute to nature recovery on a national scale anyway?
Simon Wicks, The Planner

Digital is good for planning but not for its own sake, conference hears
A more comprehensively digitised planning service could be more transparent, accessible and democratic – but only if it’s employed in ways that can genuinely improve the service.
Simon Wicks, The Planner

Chancellor pledges £100 billion infrastructure spending to kick-start UK economy
Infrastructure is at the heart of government plans to kick-start the UK economy in 2021, with chancellor Rishi Sunak promising £100 billion of capital expenditure on infrastructure in 2021.
Simon Wicks, The Planner

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Planning news – 19 November 2020

Chief planner: Proposed infrastructure levy will bring in ‘at least as much money’ as current system
England’s chief planner Joanna Averley has insisted that the infrastructure levy proposed in the planning white paper will bring in at least the same amount of money for local authorities to allocate towards affordable housing.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

PM Johnson wants to create more national parks
Boris Johnson has outlined plans to create national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) to protect England’s ‘iconic landscapes’.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Development consent granted for A303 Stonehenge bypass
The construction of a two-lane dual carriageway for the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down in Wiltshire past Stonehenge World Heritage Site has been granted a development consent order (DCO) by transport secretary Grant Shapps, against the recommendation of the Planning Inspectorate.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 12 November 2020

MHCLG’s chief planner urges local authorities to get a plan in place
England’s chief planner Joanna Averley has urged local authorities not to let the planning white paper prevent them getting their local plans in place.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Report and toolkits seek to measure the value of planning in more holistic ways
The RTPI has published an ‘innovative’ way to measure and demonstrate the value of planning and how it helps to create sustainable and successful places.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

September shows rise in value of building contracts awards
The value of construction contract awards in September 2020 was £5.4 billion based on a three-month rolling average – 21.2 per cent higher than in August.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Householder applications continue to drive a rise in plans submitted

November’s Planning Market Insight Report provides further insight into this most unusual of years, where planning application patterns are deviating from the usual trends.

Yet again, last month’s planning application numbers were particularly high, almost equal to the number received in July 2020 (the highest on record). Against October last year, applications were up 23 per cent, and moving into November applications usually begin to tail off as we get closer to the end of the year. Whether this will be the case this year with further restrictions in place remains to be seen.

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