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, 19 Feb 2015 11:22:54 GMT Planning News 120 Planning Portal News Starter homes on levy-free sites scheme unveiled The Government has started consulting on a new scheme designed to provide first-time buyers with new homes at a 20 per cent discount. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:29:20 GMT Committee welcomes simplification of planning through the NPPF The Commons Communities and Local Government select committee this week published its report into the National Planning Policy Framework. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:30:47 GMT London Mayor approves waterside project at Canary Wharf Plans to create a new waterside community on the eastern edge of Canary Wharf in London’s Docklands with up to 3,610 homes and more than 17,000 jobs have been backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:31:38 GMT Major housing scheme at Morpeth wins appeal Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has agreed with the recommendation of a planning inspector who recommended that a recovered appeal over proposals for a 396-home residential development on the edge of Morpeth in Northumberland should be allowed. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:30:31 GMT Cardiff ‘garden city’ proposed Developers have submitted detailed plans for a 21st century garden city in North West Cardiff with proposals for around 7,000 new homes and one main and three district centres. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:39:07 GMT News round-up 18 December 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:36:28 GMT Law Commission publishes final ‘right to light’ proposals Landowners who wish to enforce a right to light against neighbouring developments would be given a set period in which to take action under proposals for reform put forward by the Law Commission. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:04:22 GMT Planning conditions in Commons spotlight A Government minister has told Parliament that the administration is considering whether planning conditions which conform to national planning policy and guidance should be exempt from the proposed deemed discharge regime. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:05:06 GMT 'Buy-to-leave' planning policy proposed by London borough A London borough has launched a consultation on what are claimed to be first-of-a kind planning measures targeting the rise in ‘buy-to-leave’ properties in its area. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:05:42 GMT Committee calls for planning guidance on air pollution risks A committee of MPs has urged the Government to issue new planning guidance to ensure local authorities prioritise air quality in planning decisions. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:06:22 GMT Oxford Green Belt review mooted to aid housing provision Oxford City Council leader Bob Price has argued that a strategic review of the Oxford Green Belt is urgently needed to allow for a sustainable urban extension. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:07:11 GMT News round-up 11 December 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:07:47 GMT Further planning reforms proposed in Autumn Statement A further round of planning reforms involving, changes to the section 106 and compulsory purchase regimes and the arrangements for handling nationally significant infrastructure projects were announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 21:33:54 GMT Government plans direct involvement in housing supply as it backs more affordable homes Proposals by the Government to directly commission new housing and extend the affordable housing programme have been unveiled by ministers. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 21:34:44 GMT Affordable homes exemption regime confirmed and clarified National planning policy will be changed to exempt developments of 10 homes or fewer from the requirement to contribute towards affordable housing, ministers have confirmed. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 21:35:48 GMT Under-performing planning authority measures approved The threshold for defining underperforming planning authorities will be increased, the Department for Communities and Local Government has announced. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 21:36:38 GMT Multi-billion pound road improvement programme announced An ambitious £15bn plan involving some 100 highways projects which will triple levels of spending by the end of the decade on England’s roads was announced in Parliament this week. Wed, 03 Dec 2014 21:46:52 GMT News round-up 4 December 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 03 Dec 2014 21:47:55 GMT New homes figures on the up New figures from the Government show that some 700,000 new homes have been built in England during the lifetime of the present administration with the number of empty homes at a 10-year low. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:15:00 GMT Lead examiner steps down Gideon Amos, the lead examiner for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project, has stepped down from that role inside the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) with one month still left to run on the examination. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:15:59 GMT Mixed fortunes for Leicestershire and Buckinghamshire housing schemes Two significant housing schemes in Leicestershire and Buckinghamshire at locations where neighbourhood plans are in the pipeline have been determined by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:16:53 GMT Cardiff argues site shortage is more theoretical than real Cardiff City Council has told the Welsh Government that the Welsh capital’s latest joint housing land availability study is an inaccurate guide to what the local authority expects to achieve in terms of residential development. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:17:30 GMT Ecology progress Wildlife, communities and local economies are reaping the benefits of England’s new Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs), according to an assessment published by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:18:24 GMT News round-up 27 November 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:19:18 GMT Zero carbon homes exemption threshold proposed Proposals to exempt developments of 10 new homes or fewer in England from the requirement for carbon abatement or 'allowable solutions' contributions have been published in the Government's zero carbon homes consultation. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:42:36 GMT Birmingham transport blueprint unveiled A network of rapid transit buses and trams are at the centre of an ambitious 20-year transport blueprint for England’s second largest city. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:43:24 GMT Mixed fortunes for local plans as Leeds and Tyneside power ahead Local plans for two major northern cities – Leeds and Newcastle - have made significant progress in the past week. But strategies in Cheshire, the Home Counties, Staffordshire and Worcestershire have had mixed fortunes. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:44:48 GMT Report urges more devolution and simplified planning in enterprise zones The next Government should further extend devolutionary powers to the UK’s cities and city-regions to promote growth and close the UK's North-South divide, a cross-party group of MPs and Peers has recommended. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:38:28 GMT Government casts doubt on neighbourhood plan second home ban A second English neighbourhood plan – the draft strategy for the St Ives area of Cornwall – is proposing a policy which would specifically outlaw second homes. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:46:39 GMT News round-up 20 November 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:47:29 GMT Deal over Greater Manchester Mayor with strategic planning powers The Treasury has agreed a ground-breaking deal with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) over new powers for the organisation Thu, 06 Nov 2014 08:53:13 GMT New funding and aid for neighbourhood plans The Government has announced further funding totalling some £23m to support local community groups in England Thu, 06 Nov 2014 08:59:28 GMT