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Planning News – 7 August 2019

NPPF changes not protecting trees
Some local planners are failing to use the changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to safeguard trees and ancient woodland, according to the Woodland Trust.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Khan intervenes to back Barnet housing development
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved a major development of 844 homes on a disused retail park in north west London after the scheme was originally rejected by the local authority.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Nuns could be forced out by West Malling housing plan
Plans for 65 homes near to St Mary’s Abbey in West Malling could force the community of Anglican Benedictine nuns to leave the historic building.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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Event for Applicants and Agents in the Planning System in London

Towards the end of this year the Greater London Authority (GLA) are aiming to launch a new version of the London Development Database (LDD).

The LDD has acted as the single source of information about developments with planning permission being built since 2004. This has become expensive to operate and provides a limited insight into the planning and development system in London.

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Planning News – 31 July 2019

LGA opens bids to tackle housing crisis
The Local Government Association (LGA) has opened its bids for the third year to tackle the housing crisis.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

Housebuilders told to protect wildlife
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has told developers they must to do more to protect wildlife in Britain.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

M25 junction change to be examined by PINS
An application by Highways England for changes to the M25 J10/A3 Wisley Interchange has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 24 July 2019

Consultation begins on electric vehicle charge points for new homes
The government has published a consultation on proposals that would require all new-build homes to be fitted with electric car charge points.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

London mayor rejects Tulip Tower
Sadiq Khan has directed the City of London Corporation to refuse planning permission for the controversial skyscraper on land adjacent to 20 Bury Street.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

SuDS hold up planning applications in England
A report suggests that planning applications in England are twice as likely to be blocked or delayed due to sustainable drainage system (SuDS) design compared to applications in Wales.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

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Improvements to the Nominate payment option

Update: this enhancement is now live. View our guidance note

Since its implementation in September last year, the Financial Transaction Service (FTS) has changed the way payments are made for planning applications; streamlining the process for Local Planning Authorities (LPAs), agents and applicants alike.

One of the biggest changes has been the Nominate payment option (previously known as Payment ReDirect), which accounts for over 42 per cent of payments received via our payment system.

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Planning News – 18 July 2019

Guide aims to promote best practice in community-led housing
Community First Yorkshire aims to help local authorities support the delivery of community-led housing development in the region and beyond.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Khan is not delivering affordable family homes, say London Tories
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been accused of not delivering enough affordable family-sized homes.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

£4m for Grimsby regeneration
Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry has committed a further £4 million to the regeneration of Grimsby.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 11 July 2019

Planning toolkit to help LGBT+ community set to be unveiled
A toolkit for planners to shape policy and encourage best practice to meet the needs of the LGBT+ community is due to be unveiled later this week.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Jodrell Bank is declared a World Heritage Site
Jodrell Bank Observatory has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its outstanding contribution to scientific history.
Huw Morris, The Planner

Government pledges £37m to EV charging-point infrastructure
The government today unveiled a £37 million investment into UK engineering to transform the nation’s electric vehicle charge point network.
Huw Morris, The Planner

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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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