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Save the date for the Planning Portal Virtual Conference 2020

The Planning Portal are delighted to be hosting our second annual Conference, taking place virtually this year from 16-19 November.

The Conference will be held online to ensure we can still connect delegates with multiple industry-leading keynote speakers and panel discussions, whilst keeping everyone safe during the uncertainty of COVID-19.

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Planning News – 2 July 2020

Jenrick ‘insisted’ Westferry decision was made before CIL regime change came into force
Documents released by housing secretary Robert Jenrick regarding his decision to approve a 1,524-home scheme on the Isle of Dogs in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets show he ‘insisted’ a decision was made before it was ‘impacted by a change in the London CIL regime’.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Covid-19: Planning expiry deadlines extended
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that planning permission deadlines will be extended as the government puts in place measures to support the construction industry and ‘boost building’.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Climate and nature recovery should be addressed as one, suggests report
Restoring degraded habitats would see them absorb a third of the UK’s carbon emissions, suggests a report, as a wildlife charity insists that the climate and nature crises should be tackled together as one.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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“Most radical planning reforms since WW2” announced by Boris Johnson

New planning rules have been announced by the Prime Minister, who said on Tuesday that he wanted the UK to “build, build, build” during the recovery from COVID-19, boosting the economy and the construction industry. The “radical” regulation changes will look to ease restrictions and grant increased liberties to change the use of properties and land without planning permission and allows residential homes to be constructed from unoccupied properties, such as vacant shops.

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Watch the #Plantalk webinar: How we can make the process of planning and building easier?

In case you missed it, recently Scott Alford, the Head of Business Development here at the Planning Portal, joined Peter Kemp from the Greater London Authority to take part in a #plantalk webinar, focusing on ‘How we can make the process of planning and building easier?’. #plantalk videos are an online resource, created by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and Greater London Authority to help connect the planning and building sector and update listeners about different areas within it.

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New and amended permitted development rules and associated prior approval procedures to come into effect from 1 August

The latest set of amendments to Permitted Development legislation have been published by Government.

From 1 August, these will implement changes to several of the current prior approval procedures for the creation of dwellings to ensure that “provision of adequate natural light to all habitable rooms” is considered by Local Authorities, and that they should refuse proposals that do not meet requirements.

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Planning Portal Northern Ireland

We’re delighted to announce that our parent company TerraQuest Solutions has been awarded the contract to deliver the Regional Planning IT system by the Department for Infrastructure Northern Ireland.

Working in partnership with 10 Northern Irish councils and the Department for Infrastructure, the contract will last for 10 years until 2030, with an opportunity to extend the contract for a further 10 years. The modernised service for the region will provide improved planning services to the public, including the ability to submit planning applications online, as well as a more effective and efficient resource for council staff and consultees.

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Planning News – 25 June 2020

COVID-19: Councils call for 100,000 social homes a year to aid recovery
The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for councils to be given the powers to build thousands of ‘desperately needed’ council homes to ‘spearhead’ the recovery from COVID-19.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Flexible zoning system is needed to deliver homes, says think tank
A position paper has recommended that a flexible zoning code be designed by national and devolved governments to set out patterns of development in local plans.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Reform minerals planning system ‘to ensure supply’
The minerals planning system should be reformed so that it guarantees the supply of the minerals required to support construction of homes and infrastructure .
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 18 June 2020

Tally of high-rise residences still with combustible cladding is ‘shocking’
There are 300 buildings with ACM cladding awaiting remediation, and another 11,300 buildings with other forms of combustible cladding, three years on from the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London, which killed 72 people.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Estate regeneration application submitted to London council
Havering Council and Wates Residential have submitted an application to regenerate the Waterloo Estate in Romford for the council’s planning committee to consider.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Temporary changes to planning rules come into force in Cheltenham
Cheltenham Borough Council is accelerating applications for temporary changes to the use of public areas and private land to help businesses to recover from the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 11 June 2020

Sharma refuses extension to Thanet offshore wind farm
Energy secretary Alok Sharma has turned down an application for a development consent order (DCO) by Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd to extend Thanet offshore wind farm.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Applications submitted for Cambridgeshire new town
Two outline planning applications have been lodged with South Cambridgeshire District Council for the final phases of Northstowe New Town.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Emergency Covid-19 grants to help heritage projects unveiled
Historic England has announced that 70 projects will receive a share of £1.8 million to help to tackle the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on the heritage sector.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning Market Insight Report – June 2020

Last month we posted the first of our Planning Market Insight Reports, sharing application data and the drastic effects that COVID-19 has had on submissions, as the global pandemic puts a huge strain not just on the building and construction industries, but on the economy as a whole.

We hope that the first report was helpful and gave some valuable insight as we saw a noticeable downturn in applications, with almost a 20 per cent decrease in submissions for April this year compared to April 2019. The application numbers may be indicative of economic confidence overall, with many businesses halted by the pandemic, leading to applicants choosing to wait to start projects, or potentially abandoning them altogether. However, with the reopening of the construction sites over the last month, supported by merchants and suppliers, there has been a positive impact on application numbers, with an upward trajectory recorded across May. As workers return to building sites, and schools and other businesses begin to reopen, a heightened confidence in the economy appears to be taking place and project planning is being undertaken. Whilst the application numbers for May this year are still lower than May 2019, the rise from April can still be perceived as positive sign.

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