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Planning news – 4 July 2019

Pilot launched to test new appeals portal
The Planning Inspectorate has announced that its new online appeal service will launch at the end of July for a selection of pilot cases.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Updates to the financial transaction service and 1App

*Post updated 2/7/19*

Since we launched the financial transaction service (FTS), it’s seen huge benefits for agents, applicants and local authorities.  Our six-month report demonstrated savings in time and money for everyone concerned.  We have also been able to deliver some service improvements already to the FTS and 1App itself and there are many more in the pipeline.

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Planning News – 27 June 2019

Application is submitted to ‘breathe new life’ into Wandsworth estate
A planning application for the regeneration of the 31-acre Alton Estate, Roehampton, has been submitted to Wandsworth Council.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Housing design audit to assess large developments
Built environment organisations have come together to support the UK’s first national housing design audit, which plans to examine large-scale housing developments.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Homes England completes 40,000 homes in past year
Homes England, the government’s housing accelerator, completed 40,289 houses between April 2018 and March 2019.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Summary: Legislation for planning application fees and developer contributions

**Update – 24 July 2019: Both pieces of legislation are now made and will come into force as detailed below**

Planning application fees

The legislation makes two changes.

Firstly, it has removed the regulation that would have caused the main fees legislation to expire in November. This has averted the prospect of all planning applications becoming free of charge at that point.

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Planning News – 20 June 2019

Inspectors will evaluate Esso’s South East pipeline project
The Planning Inspectorate is to examine Esso Petroleum Company’s development consent order (DCO) application for a 97-kilometre replacement pipeline project.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Mixed-use development approved in East London
The Mayor of London’s office has granted planning approval for four cultural and education buildings at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as up to 600 homes.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

First strategic development plan takes shape for Cardiff region
The 10 unitary authorities in the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) have decided in principle to work together to produce what would be the country’s first-ever statutory strategic development plan (SDP).
Roger Milne, The Planner

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Planning News – 13 June 2019

Developer contributions to be made simpler, says Malthouse
Housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced changes to developer contributions to make the system simpler and accelerate the pace of homebuilding.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Planning system drives up house prices in expensive areas, says report
High house prices in expensive cities have been caused by the planning system’s rationing of new homes in areas of high demand, according to a report out on 11 June.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Woking and Truro to receive infrastructure funding
Housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced a £142 million investment in infrastructure to aid the delivery of homes in Woking and Truro.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 6 June 2019

The UK requires a spatial plan
The UK2070 Commission has proposed that the UK requires a spatial plan to guide its future development.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

MHCLG publishes land use stats
The biggest land use category in England is agriculture at 63 per cent while 8 per cent of England’s land is developed, according to statistics published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Yarmouth river crossing to be examined by inspectorate
A proposed scheme for a new highway crossing of the River Yare in Great Yarmouth has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – May 30 2019

Permitted development for home extensions comes into force
The extension of permitted development rights to allow homeowners to extend their properties without a full planning application – as well as high street conversions to offices and homes – has come into permanent effect.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Deals agreed with local authorities to deliver 4,000 homes
Homes England has agreed funding deals worth £55 million to deliver 4,000 homes across England.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

A38 improvement scheme will be examined
The Planning Inspectorate has accepted an application that aims to improve three existing roundabout junctions on the A38.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning news – 23 May 2019

Extended permitted development rights take effect this month
The extension of permitted development rights to allow high street conversions to offices and homes is to come into effect on 25 May.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

6,500 homes approved in Cambridgeshire
South Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee has backed outline plans to develop the former Waterbeach Barracks site.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Garden community to be built in greater Exeter area
Housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced that a garden community comprising 20,000 homes will be built in the Exeter area.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Time limited PD rights for rear extensions made permanent

Following the consultation ‘Planning reforms – supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes’, the government has announced a change to part one of the General Permitted Development Order that makes permanent the increased size limits for single-storey rear extensions that were previously time limited and due to expire on 30 May 2019.

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