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Planning Market Insight Report: Record number of submissions in a single month and a 41 per cent increase in tree work applications in February 2021

As we enter our second springtime that will predominantly be spent at home, it is no surprise to anyone that we have seen vast increases in application numbers for works to tree applications. Throughout 2020 there was a 36 per cent increase in the number of applications when compared to 2019 and when looking for seasonal trends, February 2021 has had the largest increase in applications at 41 per cent when compared to February 2020.

Trees and their importance to society and nature have become more prominent in the news over the last year. The controversial felling of ancient woodlands to make way for ‘High Speed 2’ the new highspeed railway linking London to the West Midlands and then further north to Manchester and Leeds has ignited discussions about the importance of protection of trees.

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Planning news – 11 March 2021

Framework for successful community development set out
A framework that identifies a set of principles to ensure that large-scale development delivers the high-quality homes needed to meet demand and the needs of local communities has been published as a poll finds that two-thirds of the public think new development is poor.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Revised local plan submitted for Old Oak Common
The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) has submitted a revised draft local plan to the Planning Inspectorate that aims to support the creation of more than 25,000 new homes.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

London council announces design team for regeneration scheme
Southwark Council has announced the appointment of a team of architects who will design plans to transform the Currys PC World site on Old Kent Road.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 4 March 2021

Framework published for homes that provide better quality of life
The Quality of Life Foundation has launched a framework that seeks to address the changes that the development industry can make to make sure that homes are ‘acquired, planned, constructed and managed to actively provide a better quality of life for everyone’.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

First Welsh national spatial strategy published
Housing and local government minister Julie James has launched the national spatial strategy in a 180-page document called Future Wales.
Roger Milne, The Planner

Runnymede adopts CIL charges
Councillors at Runnymede Borough Council have approved a set of community infrastructure levy (CIL) charges that will see developers seeking permission to build within certain areas paying towards the cost of new infrastructure.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Re-platforming the Planning Portal and update to the payment service

Planning Portal are heavily investing in our future service by developing a brand-new website using the latest technology. This includes a cloud-based application service that is flexible enough to cater for the needs of our customers and partners both now and in the future. We are on track for a launch in late quarter two of this year.

The new platform is being developed in-house by our TerraQuest colleagues in Birmingham. It combines our knowledge and insight, gained from nearly 20 years of facilitating online planning submission, and the experience of a team of developers, product owners and user experience specialists.

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Planning news – 25 February 2021

Nature recovery should be in plans to ‘grow back better’ from pandemic
The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has stated that it is ‘vital’ that the recovery of nature is prioritised in the UK’s economic recovery efforts alongside action on climate change to grow back better from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Design team for Camden green infrastructure project announced
Charity Camden Highline has awarded a team led by James Corner Field Operations the contract to design a new elevated park that will link Camden Town to King’s Cross.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Government wants growth body to support OxCam Arc
Housing minister Christopher Pincher has announced the government’s intention to establish an ‘arc growth body’ to support the Oxford-Cambridge Arc’s development into a ‘a global innovation powerhouse’.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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The new, improved Planning Portal!

You may already be aware, through our social media and latest webinar series, that the Planning Portal is in the process of re-platforming the service. Our mission is ‘transforming planning and building’ and through listening and learning we are continuing to develop our website and planning application service to ensure we are meeting our customers’ needs both now and in the future.

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Using Technology to Transform Planning and Building Services

The Planning Portal were proud sponsors of the ‘Developer’ category at the Bristol Property Awards on 12 February. The Portal team would like to extend a huge congratulations to the winner, Urban Creation, and all other finalists on their achievement!

Held virtually, the event was a great success with networking opportunities, a keynote speech from Lucian Cook (Head of Residential Research at Savills), sponsor-hosted hubs and a live awards ceremony.

Scott Alford and Ian Foster from the Planning Portal hosted the hub ‘Using Technology to Transform Planning & Building services’ to offer a snapshot insight into the latest developments being made at the Planning Portal and the market analysis provided.

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Planning news – 18 February 2021

‘Housing Accelerator Fund’ launched
The government’s housing accelerator, Homes England, and United Trust Bank have announced a £250 million fund with the aim of supporting small and medium-sized builders with development finance at up to 70 per cent loan to gross development value.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Guidance for self-build strengthened
The government has published an update to its Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Planning Practice Guidance (PPG), fortifying the requirement for local authorities to consider local demand for self-build and custom-build homes when preparing local plans.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Bradford posits green belt-tightening in local plan to meet homes quota
The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council has published for consultation its draft local plan for the period 2020 to 2038, which sets out a small decrease in the district’s overall green belt total in order to support growth.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning Market Insight Report: 378 per cent increase in Prior Approval of Telecoms Operators applications 2019 – 2020

Despite a global pandemic, local and national lockdowns, and an increased voice of conspiracy theorists, the number of applications for Prior Approval of Telecoms Operators throughout England and Wales in 2020 saw the largest increase in popularity with the six-month period between March and August 2020 realising the greatest growth.

This mass surge in popularity is due, in the most part, to the development and current investment in the 5G infrastructure by UK Telecoms operators. This is in line with the government’s 5G strategy, which sees this next generation of mobile technology as a way to revolutionise the way we connect, aiming for majority UK coverage by the end of 2027.

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Planning news – 11 February 2021

Averley outlines planning proposals to local chief planners
England’s chief planner has outlined the government’s proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and given local authorities the opportunity to apply for funding under a pilot programme to apply design coding in their areas.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Nine Manchester councils to discuss joint plan
Nine councils from across Greater Manchester are set to consider a report this week on whether to form a joint committee to work on a long-term plan for homes, jobs and sustainable growth across their boroughs.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Tendring adopts part one of local plan
Tendring District Council has adopted the first part of its local plan after members at a full council meeting backed it.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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