Planning Portal News Get the latest Planning Portal News. en-gb Copyright: (C) Crown Copyright, see for terms and conditions of use. (Editorial team) Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:54:19 GMT Planning News 120 Planning Portal News New measures to boost housing supply Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has urged more councils to come forward and take advantage of new financial measures designed to help them build new affordable homes across England. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:55:34 GMT Report argues case for separate retirement housing use class Regulations which require developers to provide affordable homes when building some retirement housing should be changed to boost housing supply for the UK's ageing population, a research report by property consultancy Knight Frank has proposed. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:58:00 GMT Consultation starts on English flood risk management plans The Environment Agency has started consulting on 10 English draft flood risk management plans. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:58:45 GMT Blaby no longer designated as under performing The Leicestershire council which was the first local authority to be designated as 'under performing' by the Government under a policy introduced last year has been released from the 'special measures'. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:59:28 GMT Four Scottish off shore wind farms consented Four offshore wind farms that could provide enough energy to power over 1.4 million Scottish homes have received development consent. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:01:55 GMT News round-up 16 October 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:02:34 GMT Ministers publish latest green belt guidance Ministers have underlined the Government’s commitment to protect the green belt from development by publishing new and revised guidance. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:51:02 GMT Welsh planning bill introduced by Sargeant Carl Sargeant, the Welsh Government's Minister for Natural Resources, has formally lodged the Planning (Wales) Bill in the National Assembly. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:51:50 GMT Statistics indicate scale of office-to-home conversions Latest official statistics show the scale of take-up of the new permitted development measures to enable redundant office buildings to be turned into new homes. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:52:49 GMT Eleven custom-build vanguards named Eleven areas across England have been named by planning and housing minister Brandon Lewis as the first to benefit from a government-backed initiative to boost self- and custom-build homes. Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:53:21 GMT News round-up 9 October 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:53:45 GMT Greater Manchester councils consult on pioneering joint key sites strategy The 10 councils in Greater Manchester have begun consulting on a joint strategy setting out the city region’s housing and employment land requirements. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:13:47 GMT Prime Minister promises 100,000 new homes for first-time buyers on brownfield sites Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged that if the Conservatives win the next election his party will ensure that 100,000 new homes for young first-time buyers available at a 20 per cent discount are built on brownfield land. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:14:23 GMT Welsh national parks planning regime under review The Welsh administration’s independent review of the governance of the country’s designated landscapes will include the future planning regime for parks, minister for natural resources Carl Sargeant has confirmed. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:15:18 GMT Pickles allows appeal over 425 homes in Hampshire Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has agreed with the inspector who held a recovered appeal over a 425-dwelling scheme on farmland surrounding Grade II-listed farm buildings in Hampshire and concluded the scheme should be allowed. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:16:14 GMT Green light for 500-home mixed-use development at former army base East Hampshire District Council has approved outline planning permission for a 500-home mixed-use scheme proposed by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) at the former Ministry of Defence (MoD) barracks at Whitehill and Bordon in Hampshire. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:16:51 GMT News round-up 2 October 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:17:31 GMT Development benefits scheme prospectus launched DCLG has published a prospectus designed to encourage volunteer local authorities and neighbourhood forums to take part in a £3.5m pilot for its proposed 'development benefits' initiative. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:27:25 GMT Pickles blocks London Docklands batching plant Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has dismissed an appeal over the construction of a large concrete batching plant and storage facilities near the East India Dock Basin in east London which was originally refused by Tower Hamlets Council. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:29:12 GMT Set-back for key Cardiff redevelopment An ambitious proposed £500m riverside redevelopment project linking Cardiff Bay and the city centre which would provide the Welsh capital with over 2,000 much needed new homes has suffered a set-back. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:30:14 GMT Think-tank urges surplus land long-view A report from local government and localism think-tank Localis has urged a long-term approach to getting best value from surplus public land and warned local authorities against quick disposal of undervalued assets. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:31:48 GMT Challenging year for Scottish development plans Scotland’s Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) dealt with an unprecedented number of development plans during 2013/14. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:33:18 GMT News round-up 25 September 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:34:36 GMT Move to consolidate housing standards The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has begun consulting on proposed changes to the existing housing standards regime. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:56:07 GMT Ministers propose controls on traveller development Proposals to make it easier for English councils to limit the number of authorised traveller sites in their areas have been announced by the Government. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:57:32 GMT Planning system to promote SuDS Moves to strengthen planning policy on so-called sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) has been announced by the Government. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:58:57 GMT Pioneering West Sussex community development orders Three development orders proposed by Ferring Parish Council in West Sussex have become some of the first to be examined and recommended for referendum under the Government's Community Right to Build scheme. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:59:52 GMT Green light for London's 'super sewer' Ministers have given the go-ahead to Thames Water's Thames Tideway proposal, the largest scheme yet to be determined under the nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) arrangements. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:00:38 GMT Welsh 'super council' option under consideration Welsh local authorities have proposed an alternative to the devolved administrations’ plans to reduce the number of local councils. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:03:43 GMT News round-up 18 September 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:47:35 GMT Neighbourhood plans play key role in four housing appeals The existence of emerging neighbourhood plans has proved a key factor in the fate of four recovered housing appeals determined by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:44:53 GMT Durkan signs off Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan Northern Ireland's Environment and Planning Minister Mark H Durkan has formally approved the long-delayed planning framework for the greater Belfast area which affects some 40 per cent of the Province's population. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:45:57 GMT