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, 28 Aug 2014 10:03:45 GMT Planning News 120 Planning Portal News Big rise in English housing starts Both housing starts and completions are on the increase, according to the latest English house-building statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:22:56 GMT Added momentum for Northstowe new town Northstowe, England's largest new planned town since Milton Keynes, has passed another key milestone. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:23:41 GMT East West Rail route case bolstered by new report Revival of an east-west rail link in England could help to cut congestion on London lines as jobs in the area grow by up to 400,000, a report commissioned by the East West Rail Consortium (EWRC) has predicted. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:24:13 GMT New Forest National Park rejects bike scheme New Forest National Park Authority members have voted not to proceed with a project to develop the UK’s first rural public bike system within the New Forest. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:25:08 GMT News round-up 28 August 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:25:39 GMT Housing Zone prospectus published by DCLG DCLG has published a prospectus inviting local councils across England to team up with developers to apply for funding to establish one of 10 'housing zones' proposed outside London. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:34:38 GMT Pickles publishes large site infrastructure shortlist Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced the first wave of projects to benefit from the Coalition’s £1bn large sites infrastructure programme. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:36:38 GMT Brecon Beacons National Park chairman in chalet planning dispute Geraint Hopkins, chairman of the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, has been refused retrospective planning permission for a chalet he built on land just outside the boundary of the park and has appealed the decision. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:37:45 GMT Row over Oxfordshire neighbourhood plan An Oxfordshire neighbourhood plan has become embroiled in local row over a campaign to remove a site allocated for development in the adopted strategy. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:38:35 GMT Carlisle airport redevelopment gets lift-off Stobart Aviation’s latest proposals for the redevelopment of Carlisle Airport have been approved by the city council following a planning saga which goes back over seven years and involved two successful High Court challenges. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:39:30 GMT News round-up 21 August 2014 An overview of the other planning stories of this week... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:40:19 GMT 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