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Planning news – 29 July 2021

UNESCO strips Liverpool of World Heritage status
Liverpool has been stripped of its World Heritage status. The decision to delete Liverpool was made at a UNESCO meeting in China, where delegates voted 13 to five in favour of the recommendation.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Government launches consultation on building safety levy
The government has begun a consultation on a key policy reform for developing high-rise buildings in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Huw Morris, The Planner

West Midlands signs partnership for 5,000 homes
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has signed a partnership deal with developer St. Modwen to build 5,000 high-quality, energy efficient homes on disused industrial land in the next decade.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Planning Portal Annual Conference: Andrew Baddeley-Chappell, CEO, National Custom and Self Build Association

Joining our ‘Planning Reform, One Year On’ panel discussion at the Planning Portal Annual Conference on Monday 15 November 2021 at 10:30 is Andrew Baddeley-Chappell, CEO of the National Custom and Self Build Association.

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The Community Hub from the Planning Portal – your free online community for industry-specific networking and news

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Planning Portal Community Hub, our new digital platform for facilitating online networking, events, and discussions all year round for the planning and building industry.

Using the latest technology, The Community Hub provides all users with the latest industry-specific news from architects, planning consultants, developers, governing bodies and industry membership organisations, along with targeted networking opportunities tailored to your interests and areas of speciality.

Using integrated algorithms, the system works to pair you up with other delegates, speakers, sessions, products and exhibitors that will be of interest to you, allowing you to ‘meet’, schedule meetings and start new conversations! 

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Application numbers in England and Wales: 63,873 applications submitted throughout June 2021

Typically, we see a slight drop in application numbers between the months of May and June, however this year saw a negligible increase of 376 between the two months. In June, 63,873 applications were submitted, compared to 63,497 in the previous month. As reported last month, May figures were actually slightly lower than we would have expected and so it seems possible that this is simply a flattening of the usual curve, most likely due to the number of working days in the relevant months which fluctuate year-on-year.

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Super Early Bird Tickets – one week to go!

There is just one week left to buy your Super Early Bird Tickets for the Planning Portal Annual Conference, 15 – 18 November 2021, for only £99 +VAT!

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Planning news – 22 July 2021

Local authorities to be given CPO powers to renew derelict buildings to transform towns
Local authorities in England will be given compulsory purchase order powers (CPO) to take over and transform derelict buildings and convert them into homes if property owners stall on regeneration plans.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Coventry submits plans for UK’s first Gigafactory
Coventry City Council has entered into a joint venture partnership to bring forward proposals for the UK’s first electric battery gigafactory.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Planning Inspectorate charts route out of lockdown
Plans to resume in-person events have been unveiled by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) as it charts a route out of lockdown for its operations.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Planning Portal Annual Conference: Amos Simbo, Founder of Black Professionals in Construction

Joining our Carbon Zero panel discussion at the Planning Portal Annual Conference on Wednesday 17 November 2021 at 10:30 is Amos Simbo, Founder of the Black Professionals in Construction (BPIC) network.

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Planning Portal Annual Conference: Lindsey Richards – Homes England

Joining our Community Engagement panel discussion on Thursday 19 November at 10:30 is Lindsey Richards, Head of Planning at Homes England.

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Planning news – 15 July 2021

Natural England launches updated biodiversity metric
Three new tools designed to help developers measure biodiversity net gain have been launched by Natural England.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

High Court rules self-build man owes more than £115k in CIL
A High Court judge has ruled that a man from Radlett must pay £118,227.62 in community infrastructure levy (CIL) after finding that self-build exemption from the payment does not apply if a development does not have planning permission.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Local authorities hold key to addressing climate crisis
A coalition of local government, environmental and research organisations have called for urgent powers and resources for local authorities so that they can help to address the climate crisis.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning Market Insight Report: We’re halfway through the year, how is the market looking?

The headlines

The Planning Portal has received 387,427 applications so far in 2021. Of these, 63,873 were submitted in June 2021, a very small increase of 376 when compared to last month (May 2021).

This shows a 17 per cent increase on June 2020, compared to a 52 per cent increase between May 2020 and May 2021. However, June 2020 was a month in which we saw a swell of applications created by the first lockdown, so this narrowing of percentage increase was to be expected.

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