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, 24 Jul 2014 14:16:54 GMT Planning News 120 Planning Portal News 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 Planning breaches rack up penalties A man who ignored a planning enforcement notice and continued to sell and store vehicles on Green Belt land in west Yorkshire has been ordered to pay back nearly £225,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:32:50 GMT Appeals success rate rises There has been an increase in the success rate for planning appeals since the introduction of the Government's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) two years ago. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:36:24 GMT Smithfield redevelopment plans turned down Asset manager Henderson Global Investors' application for consent for a £160m redevelopment of the former Smithfield Market in London's EC1 has been rejected by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:39:55 GMT News round-up 10 July 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:50:50 GMT Ministers release funding to unblock schemes held up in planning Local authorities are to benefit from a £3m fund to help them make progress with proposals held up in the planning process. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:43:01 GMT London council demolishes illegal building Hillingdon Council in west London has taken landmark action by demolishing an illegal outbuilding after the owner failed to heed repeated warnings over planning breaches. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:43:33 GMT Watchdog refuses to back down over LPA criticism The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has taken the unusual step of issuing a second report into a complaint after the planning authority involved refused to comply with recommendations made in the watchdog’s initial report. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:44:50 GMT PINS says meeting new appeals targets will be challenging The Planning Inspectorate has warned that meeting the new speeded-up targets for appeals handling will be challenging. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:45:41 GMT Prospectus for custom-build projects unveiled The Government has published the prospectus for a new £150m investment fund designed to bring forward up to 10,000 serviced building plots for custom-build housing. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:46:19 GMT News round-up 3 July 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:47:10 GMT Trafford faces sanctions for under-performing on county matters Trafford Council has become the second English planning authority to be formally designated as 'under-performing' and subject to the regime which allows applicants to bypass the council and apply directly to the Planning Inspectorate. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:43:15 GMT Ministers deny Infrastructure Bill measures will subvert planning system The Government has rejected claims that its Infrastructure Bill includes measures deliberately designed to make it easy for the Homes and Communities Agency to dispose of public land to developers with virtually no community involvement... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:44:41 GMT Osborne champions northern high-speed rail link Chancellor George Osborne has made the case for Britain’s northern cities to become a "powerhouse" of the British economy linked by a new high-speed rail link. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:28:01 GMT Key Scottish planning policies unveiled Scottish Planning Minister Derek Mackay has unveiled two key documents - the latest National Planning Framework (NPF3) and the new version of Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) - which will shape development north of the Border. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:46:36 GMT Welsh Secretary criticises Cardiff over planning regime Secretary of State for Wales David Jones has criticised the Principality’s devolved administration over its planning and building regimes. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:47:08 GMT News round-up 26 June 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:36:27 GMT Government wants LDOs to boost homes built on brownfield sites Councils will be expected to bring forward local development orders so thousands of new homes can be built on unused and previously-developed land, under the latest Government plans. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:15:35 GMT New threshold for underperforming LPAs published DCLG has published revised criteria for deciding which local planning authorities are under-performing and candidates for the new “bypass” arrangements which allow planning applications to be submitted directly to the Planning Inspectorate. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:16:25 GMT