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Planning News – 18 September

£2m for councils to address ‘illegal’ green belt development
Housing minister Esther McVey has committed £2 million to aid councils to ‘crack down on illegal developments’ in the green belt.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

NOMA office scheme submitted for planning
Plans to transform the grade II listed Old Bank Building in Manchester so that it comprises 140,000 square feet of office space have been submitted to the city council.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Government pumps £62m flood funding into English regions
Environment secretary Theresa Villiers has announced a new round of flood defence investment for communities across Yorkshire, Cumbria, the North East and the South East of England.
Prithvi Pandya, The Planner

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Planning Portal Conference 2019 – Become a Speaker, Sponsor or Exhibitor!

The Planning Portal Conference 2019, held on 14-15 November 2019 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, will bring together a senior audience of decision makers from planning consultancies, architectural practices, house builders and developers, as well as key contacts from local planning authorities and central government.

The conference programme is filled will industry leaders and respected commentators, addressing the wider key factors that will affect planning and building now, and in the future.

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Planning News – 11 September

New CIL rules come into force
Updated Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) rules, which mean that communities will be able to see what developer contributions are spent on, have come into force.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Controversial Jaguar Land Rover application approved for campus in Leicestershire
North West Leicestershire District Council’s planning committee has approved Jaguar Land Rover’s plans for a new distribution centre at junction 11 of the M42 near the village of Appleby Magna.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Fears mount over Cardiff skyline dominated by empty tower blocks
The Cardiff skyline is at risk of being full of vacant buildings after an ‘over-saturation’ of luxury student flats, warns a leading architect.
Roger Milne, The Planner

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The Planning Portal Shortlisted for UK Business Awards 2019 ‘Innovation of the Year’ Category

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the UK Business Awards (UKBA) 2019. These prestigious awards recognise companies and individuals who exhibit excellent business performance, honouring professionals who are shaping the future of business. The Financial Transaction Service (FTS) has been shortlisted by UKBA in the ‘Innovation of the Year’ category, which recognises businesses that have approached problems with creativity and a new perspective.

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Planning News – 04 August 2019

Fifty more towns to receive funding
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that an additional 50 towns will benefit from the £1 billion Future High Streets Fund.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

600-home plan submitted in Dorset
A plan comprising 600 homes has been submitted to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Construction values rose in July
Construction contracts worth £5.1 billion were awarded in July 2019 – an increase of 1.8 per cent on June, according to construction industry analyst Barbour ABI.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 30 August 2019

Guidance published for s.78 appeals
The Planning Inspectorate has published new guidance for the submission of the Statement of Case and Statement of Common Ground for s.78 appeals. There is also a new process for each.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Garden town approved in the South West
Somerset and West Taunton Council has granted approval for 2,000 new homes, which will be part of a new community.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Mixed-use plan submitted for Bristol
A mixed-use regeneration plan that includes homes and a secondary school has been submitted to Bristol City Council.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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Planning News – 21 August 2019

Housing association to build ‘plastic-free’ homes
Accord Housing Association has committed to building ‘virtually plastic-free’ housing as it attempts to reduce the amount of plastic used during construction.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Caerphilly councillors vote to block 618-home scheme
Members of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s planning committee have voted against proposals for a development of up to 618 new homes, 40 per cent of which would be affordable. Their unanimous stance went against the advice of officials.
Roger Milne, The Planner

New guide offers tips to improve sports provision
Planning guidance that aims to make it simpler and easier for local authorities to provide facilities that enable people to get active has been published.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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AT Awards 2019

The Planning Portal are delighted to announce that we will be a Media Partner of the CIAT AT Awards 2019. This prestigious event will award great international achievements in Architectural Technology, recognising exceptional contributors to the built environment.

Taking place 15:00 – 18:00 on Friday 13 September at the Village Underground in Shoreditch, East London, the event promises to be an incredible afternoon of entertainment, networking and the opportunity to celebrate Architectural Technology at its best.

The awards span across a number of fields, each taking into account the pioneering application of Architectural Technology dependent on specific benchmarks laid out for each award. Designs are required to be robust and functional, must have a durable structure, be environmentally sustainable and have been built economically.

The awards categories are;

  • AT Awards I Practice, including;
    • The Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology; and
    • The Alan King Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology for projects with a value no greater than £750k sterling or equivalent to money of international entries.
  • AT Awards I Students including;
    • The Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Project); and
    • The Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology (Report)
  • AT Awards I The Chartered Architectural Technologist of the Year

For more information about the event, to see the finalists for each award and to book your tickets to CIAT’s premier accolade please visit:

Planning News – 14 August 2019

Guidance issued for measuring land
Draft guidance for the measurement of land, which would become global best practice for the consistent calculation of land measurement and associated metrics, has been published for consultation.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Inspectors recommend West of England plan be withdrawn
The Planning Inspectorate has rejected the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), with inspectors citing concerns with the proposed Strategic Development Locations (SDLs) as one of the reasons.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

MHCLG appoints consultant to develop design guide
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has appointed Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design and the Design Council to develop a visual design guide.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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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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