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(Editorial team) Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:54:35 GMT Planning News 120 Planning Portal News Fund launched to boost brownfield housing schemes Councils which bring forward brownfield land for housing using Local Development Orders (LDOs) could benefit from a share of £5m to get work started on the new homes under a new scheme launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:40:41 GMT Garden city development corporation proposals unveiled The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has started consulting on the planning powers, area and remit of the development corporation the Government plans to establish to create a 15,000-home garden city at Ebbsfleet in Kent Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:41:23 GMT Natural England’s planning performance at record level Natural England’s performance in responding to planning consultations has reached record levels, with some 98.9 per cent receiving official advice within the deadline Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:43:46 GMT Homes appeal rejected because of impact on listed building setting Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has dismissed an appeal by a developer seeking permission for a 70-home development in Norfolk Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:48:39 GMT Minister blocks Northern Ireland shale gas trial borehole Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has blocked proposals for exploratory drilling in Co Fermanagh to test for shale gas. Australian firm Tamboran had applied to drill a 750-metre hole at a quarry in Belcoo Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:57:05 GMT News round-up 14 August 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:03:31 GMT Planning reform package unveiled for consultation The Government has published proposals to make the planning system more streamlined and effective. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:51:28 GMT Northern cities win backing for ambitious transport strategy Chancellor George Osborne has committed the Government to back a new economic and transport plan developed by a coalition of five key northern cities. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:56:51 GMT Offices to homes conversions make waves Chartered surveyors have reported a significant increase in the UK-wide number of transactions which involved the sale of commercial properties with permitted development rights (PDR) for conversion into homes. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:58:51 GMT Draft local plan rejected The draft local plan drawn up by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is back in the melting pot after members of the Tees Valley local authority decided last week by one vote not to approve the document. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 22:02:41 GMT Four English wind farms fail on appeal Four appeals against planning refusals for onshore wind farms with a combined total of 24 turbines at separate sites in Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Northumberland and Somerset have been turned down by Communities secretary Eric Pickles. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 22:04:53 GMT News round-up 7 August 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Thu, 07 Aug 2014 08:44:05 GMT Regime for shale gas development in sensitive locations announced Ministers have opened the bidding process for companies to obtain licences to explore for shale gas in a move which could eventually see fracking activity across the UK. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:57:17 GMT Council goes to court over neighbouring authority's consent for urban extension Luton Borough Council has confirmed it has started proceedings for a judicial review of neighbouring local authority Central Bedfordshire Council's decision to approve a major urban extension to the north of Houghton Regis. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:58:01 GMT Research claims opposition to new housing schemes is waning The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has insisted that public opposition to new housing has fallen significantly since 2010. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:58:40 GMT Major development schemes make waves in London A number of major mixed-use and residential schemes have made headlines in London with proposals for well over 6,000 new homes involved. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:59:28 GMT Council fails to persuade minister to intervene over housing appeals A Cheshire planning authority has failed to persuade Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to recover a series of housing appeals after making an unprecedented request to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:00:01 GMT News round-up 31 July 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:46:45 GMT Affordable housing boost announced Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and Housing Minister Brandon Lewis have announced the successful bids for affordable housing schemes under the first phase of the Government’s £23bn Affordable Homes Programme. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:09:24 GMT Inspectorate rejects first application which bypassed under-performing LPA The first application to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate under the Government’s planning performance measures regime has been decided - and rejected - on behalf of the Secretary of State by the Planning Inspectorate. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:42:35 GMT Developer goes to court over neighbourhood plan Developer Larkfleet Homes has mounted a legal challenge to the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan drawn up by the town council of the same name in Rutland. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:43:06 GMT Birmingham sets up regeneration company to capitalise on high speed rail Birmingham City Council has established a new regeneration company to lead the redevelopment around Curzon Street, Birmingham’s HS2 high speed rail terminus. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:43:47 GMT Turbine proposal near key battlefield and monument rejected An application for two wind turbines has been rejected by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles because of concern over their impact on the nearby Flodden Fields battlefield and monument in Northumberland. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:44:30 GMT News round-up 24 July 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:28:23 GMT Brandon Lewis takes on planning following reshuffle Brandon Lewis has been promoted to the post of Minister for Planning and Housing as a result of the Government reshuffle announced by David Cameron this week. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:45:57 GMT Ministers to scrutinise neighbourhood plan area appeals The Government has decided to scrutinise planning appeal cases in, or close to, neighbourhood plan areas. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:47:02 GMT Zero carbon homes: Government sets out ‘allowable solutions’ The Government has published the results of a consultation into proposals to allow house builders to meet carbon reduction targets off-site. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:47:52 GMT Ministers respond to block on offices-to-homes conversions The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has revoked a London council’s article 4 direction designed to remove office-to-home conversion permitted development rights from much of the borough’s area. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:48:38 GMT Strategic rail freight interchange near St Albans approved Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has granted outline planning permission for the development of a major rail freight interchange at a Green Belt location in Hertfordshire. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:49:30 GMT News round-up 17 July 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:50:13 GMT £2bn funding agreed for English enterprise partnerships The Government has confirmed details of £2bn of funding to be provided to local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) across England for infrastructure and housing development under the Local Growth Deals scheme. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:20:19 GMT Major housing schemes in Worcestershire approved Proposals for more than 1,100 homes on three sites in Droitwich Spa and Pebworth in Worcestershire have been approved on appeal. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:29:21 GMT