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, 20 Nov 2014 10:56:36 GMT Planning News 120 Planning Portal News 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 Go-ahead for two major Kent mixed-use housing-led projects Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has allowed on appeal a 550-home, mixed-use development on farmland near four Grade II-listed buildings at Ramsgate Kent, in an area without a demonstrable five year supply of deliverable housing land. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:23:43 GMT Further twist in Watford development and allotment saga The planning and legal saga involving Watford allotment holders who face losing their plots to make way for a major housing and hospital expansion project has taken a new twist following a High Court ruling. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:24:36 GMT Welsh planning minister takes tough stance on flood-prone development Welsh Minister for natural resources and planning Carl Sargeant has signalled he will take a tough stance on schemes where there is a conflict with national planning policies relating to development and flooding. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:25:47 GMT News round-up 6 November 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:21:29 GMT Combined Midlands authority proposed A group of five West Midland and Black Country councils has written to Chancellor George Osborne announcing their intention to form a combined authority in line with the pioneering Greater Manchester initiative. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:46:39 GMT National Grid teams up with developer to build 14,000 new homes Energy transmission network operator National Grid and house builder Berkeley Group have announced a joint-venture to build up to 14,000 homes at redundant gasholder and other sites in London and the South East by 2030. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:47:55 GMT Prime Minister unveils £15bn roads improvement programme The Prime Minister has announced key elements of a new £15bn long-term investment plan for the roads network which will be set out in greater detail in next month’s Autumn Statement. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:48:45 GMT First Heritage Listed Building Partnership signed off The first Listed Building Heritage Partnership Agreement (LBHPA) in England has been signed between English Heritage, Maldon District Council and the Trustees of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, Purleigh, near Maldon, Essex. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:49:31 GMT Shake-up for Welsh ministerial decisions The Welsh Government has announced proposals to improve the way appeals, call-ins, and other planning and related decisions made by Welsh Ministers are handled. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:50:01 GMT News round-up 13 November 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:08:02 GMT Transport strategy for North takes shape The Prime Minister and Chancellor have backed proposals for a so-called HS3 project, planned to create a new high-speed rail link between Manchester and Leeds, as well as other measures to improve transport schemes and connectivity across the north. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:42:12 GMT Consultation starts on Right-to-Build regime The Government has started consulting on its proposed Right to Build scheme, under which councils will be required to release serviced plots to aspiring custom builders registering an interest in their area. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:43:50 GMT Latest Heritage at Risk Register published Iconic Eastbourne Pier and industrial treasures like Geevor Tin Mine in Cornwall and the Bedlam Furnaces in Shropshire have been added to English Heritage’s latest Heritage at Risk Register. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:45:06 GMT Development boosts for Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire Council has granted planning permission for the development of two new villages at the proposed Lincolnshire Lakes location on the western fringe of Scunthorpe. The consented schemes will provide around 3,000 new homes. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:46:37 GMT Devizes homes appeal dismissed due to neighbourhood plan conflict Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said that conflict with an emerging neighbourhood plan was a key factor in his decision to refuse permission for a 350-home scheme at Devizes. Tue, 04 Nov 2014 10:57:08 GMT News round-up 30 October 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:21:44 GMT Tougher stance on waste plants in green belt The Government has issued new guidance on planning policy for waste which includes a tougher stance on allowing waste facilities like recycling plants and energy-from-waste projects in the green belt. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:53:36 GMT Defra cuts solar farmland subsidies Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced that changes to the regulations for farming subsidies will mean that farmers and landowners will lose their right to claim subsidies for fields filled with solar PV arrays. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:54:34 GMT