Planning Portal News Get the latest Planning Portal News. en-gb Copyright: (C) Crown Copyright, see for terms and conditions of use. (Editorial team) Mon, 18 May 2015 11:46:21 GMT Planning News 120 Planning Portal News Revised guidance on housing provision for elderly Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has unveiled revised planning guidance which requires councils to take better account of the needs of older residents when planning new homes in their area. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:31:20 GMT Planning CPOs bounce-back The number of planning compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) increased by just over 60 per cent in 2014, research by law firm Bond Dickinson has found. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:34:24 GMT Camden’s human rights challenge to offices to homes project fails Camden Council has failed in its bid to block prior approval for the change of use of a set of offices in Primrose Hill, north London, and their conversion into 53 flats by arguing the scheme breached human rights legislation. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:36:24 GMT Peers unconvinced by Coalition’s economic case for HS2 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:39:59 GMT Lack of five-year land supply not enough to swing York and Cheshire housing appeals Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has concluded that green belt issues and prematurity in relation to an emerging local plan trumped the inability of planning authorities to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land in two separate cases. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:41:54 GMT News round-up 26 March 2015 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:43:50 GMT Budget boosts EZs and City Deals and launches moves to reform the CPO regime The Government used this week’s Budget announcements to signal moves to extend the City Deal model, to expand a number of Enterprise Zones and create brand new zones at Blackpool and Plymouth, subject to business cases. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:46:14 GMT Birmingham gears up for major developments Birmingham City Council has unveiled a 10-year master-plan for the comprehensive redevelopment of part of the city centre to provide a new mixed-use quarter with 1,000 new homes. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:49:01 GMT Pickles approves Suffolk solar farm but Cornish project blocked Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has changed his stance and approved planning permission for Lark Energy’s proposed 24 megawatt solar farm on Ellough Airfield in Suffolk originally refused by Waveney District Council and initially blocked by him. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:51:09 GMT Leeds housing scheme appeal dismissed over loss of local character Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has dismissed an appeal over developer Thornhill Estates’ 400-home development proposed for Farsley in west Yorkshire which Leeds City Council had failed to determine in the prescribed period. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:53:04 GMT London BIDs urge action on offices to homes conversion policy Most of London’s Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have urged ministers to exempt the capital from the change to permitted development rights which mean offices can be converted to housing without planning permission. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:56:00 GMT News round-up 19 March 2015 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:57:42 GMT DCLG confirms raft of planning reforms DCLG has published its responses to recent consultations on the use of planning conditions, the consent process for nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) and changes to statutory consultee arrangements. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:36:43 GMT Transitional planning regime for Ebbsfleet Garden City announced Planning minister Brandon Lewis has announced transitional arrangements for planning as the urban development corporation which will be responsible for creating the new 15,000-home garden city at Ebbsfleet in Kent is set up. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:05:26 GMT Gloucester master plan unveiled A £135m master plan to regenerate nearly three hectares of land across the Quayside and Blackfriars sites in the centre of Gloucester has been presented to potential investors. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:07:08 GMT Latest alteration to London Plan approved The revised city-wide planning strategy to deliver the economic, environmental, transport and social improvements that London will need over the next 20 years has been published by the capital’s Mayor Boris Johnson. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:09:07 GMT Panel cold-shoulders single designation route for key Welsh landscapes The independent panel set up to advise the Welsh Government on designated landscapes – National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) - has come down firmly against a single designation. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:11:54 GMT News round-up 12 March 2015 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:35:33 GMT Starter home planning policy initiative confirmed The Government this week kick-started its ambitious scheme to generate starter homes, which will be offered to young, first-time buyers at a 20 per cent discount, paid for by exempting developers from infrastructure payments. Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:45:31 GMT Latest English household formation projections published The Department for Communities and Local Government has published its latest official projections of household formations, estimating the formation of 5.2 million new households in England between 2012 and 2037. Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:46:40 GMT Pickles blocks Gladman housing schemes in Buckinghamshire and Cheshire Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has dismissed two separate appeals by Gladman Developments involving proposals for sites in Buckinghamshire and Cheshire. Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:47:49 GMT Devolution package proposes greater planning powers for Wales The Coalition has confirmed moves to give the Welsh administration greater planning powers in line with the recommendations of the Silk Commission. Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:48:16 GMT News round-up 5 March 2015 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:49:06 GMT Proposals to overhaul section 106s unveiled Planning minister Brandon Lewis has proposed new measures to speed up section 106 agreements. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:48:08 GMT London’s first nine fast-track Housing Zones named London Mayor Boris Johnson has named the capital’s first nine Housing Zones in boroughs where some 28,000 new homes will be delivered in fast-tracked neighbourhood schemes. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:57:30 GMT Inspector criticises Durham local plan A planning inspector has identified 'fundamental issues' with the emerging local plan for County Durham in north-east England, which would make the plan unsound and conceivably incapable of being rectified by suspending its examination. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:02:56 GMT Latest figures show rising number of homes built Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has welcomed new figures showing a rise in the numbers of homes being built across England. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:06:11 GMT Oxfordshire housing appeal dismissed because of landscape impact Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has dismissed an appeal by Gladman Developments over a 94—home scheme proposed for a field in community use in open countryside on the edge of Faringdon in Oxfordshire. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:07:21 GMT News round-up 26 February 2015 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:11:29 GMT Coventry green belt business park blocked A major multi-million pound business park project proposed for green belt land near Coventry airport has been turned down by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:49:15 GMT Infrastructure Bill’s planning reforms now law The Government’s flagship Infrastructure Bill has received the Royal Assent and is now an Act. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:50:15 GMT East Sussex urban extension proposed Developer Welbeck Strategic Development has submitted an outline planning application to Wealden District Council for a 1,000-home urban extension on the outskirts of Uckfield, an East Sussex town. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:50:51 GMT