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, 17 Apr 2014 11:49:13 GMT Planning News 120 Planning Portal News New garden city prospectus published The UK Government has published its prospectus on new garden cities and invited local authorities keen to get involved to express a formal interest. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:37:57 GMT Government to continue scrutiny of turbine appeals Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced a 12-month extension to the practice of planning ministers recovering appeals involving renewable energy schemes to check they are being handled in line with the Coalition’s latest guidance. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:51:49 GMT Welsh planners told to handle household projections 'with care' Welsh Planning Minister Carl Sargeant has written to planning officers, council chiefs and cabinet members with responsibility for planning urging them to be careful in the way they use household projections from the 2011 Census. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:52:43 GMT Think tank urges closure of City Airport to realise regeneration potential A call has been made for London City airport to be shut and the site in Docklands redeveloped to create jobs, boost local business and build new homes. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:53:23 GMT Dorset conservation project receives major boost A major conservation project involving well over 600 hectares of key wildlife habitat in east Dorset, Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch has been boosted by a combination of Heritage Lottery Fund money and local fundraising. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:54:08 GMT News round-up 17 April 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:55:04 GMT Affordable homes boost The UK Government is making some £300m of extra borrowing available to councils to enable them to build up to 10,000 affordable homes, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander have announced. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:26:28 GMT MPs to study planning policy framework Parliament has launched an inquiry into the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:27:45 GMT Solar power roof strategy unveiled Proposals to turn the Government estate as well as factories, supermarkets and car parks into "solar hubs" have been outlined in a new strategy by Energy Minister Greg Barker. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:28:57 GMT Powys denies easing up on wind developments Claims that Powys County Council has backed down on wind farm development at the long-running conjoined wind farm planning inquiry have been dismissed by the council’s leader. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:30:24 GMT 'Special procedure' for Humberside energy park The future of Humberside's proposed Able Marine Energy Park now hinges on the Special Parliamentary Procedure. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:31:36 GMT News round-up 10 April 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:32:59 GMT Review emphasises proactive planning A Government-commissioned review of architecture and the built environment has emphasised the importance of proactive planning. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:07:39 GMT Online Census for 2021? Parliament is to be asked to approve plans to carry on with a decennial census (every ten years), primarily conducted online, but supplemented by the use of administrative data and surveys to produce more frequent population statistics. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:12:55 GMT Green light for two major London schemes London Mayor Boris Johnson has approved two separate major housing-led developments totalling some 4,500 new homes using his new powers to determine strategically significant applications. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:13:57 GMT Major rail developments agreed The Coalition has agreed a five-year, £38bn investment plan with Network Rail which will involve proposals to improve rail travel across northern England and over 850 miles of railway electrification. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:16:41 GMT D-day for Derbyshire local plan High Peak Borough councillors are due to meet next week for a second time to try to agree the latest consultation version of the Derbyshire district council’s local plan. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:19:13 GMT News round-up 3 April 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:23:12 GMT Underperforming LPA threshold set to go up from 30 to 40 per cent The proportion of major planning applications that English local planning authorities will need to determine within the statutory period to avoid being classified as “under performing” could increase from 30 to 40 per cent Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:39:52 GMT New body considered to oversee HS2 regeneration The Government has announced that HS2, its organisation developing a new rail link from London to the midlands and the north, will draw up proposals for a company to oversee the regeneration activity along the route of the new rail link. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:41:34 GMT Neighbourhood plans concentrated in southern England Research published by consultants Turley Associates has found that neighbourhood planning in England has shown regional variations with more activity concentrated in southern England and generally in more affluent areas. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:45:09 GMT Northstowe new town proposes next phase of 3,500 homes Plans for the next phase of Northstowe, a proposed new town of up to 10,000 new homes in Cambridgeshire, have been published and are now out for consultation. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:46:53 GMT Funding agreed to kick-start major Welsh housing schemes Funding has been announced to kick-start the development of two major residential projects in South Wales. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:42:38 GMT News round-up 27 March 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:50:14 GMT Budget Statement promises permitted development reform The Government has confirmed plans to review the English General Permitted Development Order and introduce a three-tier regime. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:59:57 GMT Chancellor confirms Ebbsfleet as new garden city Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed that a Development Corporation will be established to progress plans for a new garden city in Kent involving up to £200m of public investment and 15,000 new homes. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:02:38 GMT Earlier high speed rail and improved Euston revamp proposed Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has welcomed a report prepared by Sir David Higgins, chair of High Speed 2 Ltd, proposing ways to build the rail link better and bring the benefits to the north sooner. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:35:05 GMT Housing standards shake-up confirmed The Government has unveiled a road-map for a simplified system for setting standards in the design and construction of new homes which it wants in place by the end of this Parliament. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:05:11 GMT City Deals target Stoke power project and new Sunderland bridge A City Deal worth £113m that will create hundreds of jobs, reduce heating bills and cut carbon dioxide emissions in Staffordshire by up to 50,000 tonnes a year has been announced by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Cities Minister Greg Clark. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:06:03 GMT News round-up 20 March 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:07:20 GMT Government gets tough on local plans and Green Belt revisions Planning Minister Nick Boles has signalled that Communities Secretary Eric Pickles will consider intervening and preventing the adoption of a local plan where a planning inspector has recommended a Green Belt review that is not supported by the LPA Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:23:33 GMT Revised planning practice guidance comes into force English local plans can pass the test of soundness even where housing supply land cannot be identified for years 11 to 15 of the plan period, under new planning practice guidance just published. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:24:31 GMT