Planning & Construction News

Planning & Construction News

The latest UK planning & construction news, including development, management, housing, retail & town centres, development plans, market information and contributions from key authors such as Karen Alford, Peter Capelhorne and Peter Hansford.

build to rent

Build to rent consultation closes

Bond Dickinson comment on the responses to the now closed government consultation on Build to Rent, highlighting the main areas of discussion
new home

A new home may need to last 2,000 years say LGA

The LGA warns that the average new home in England will have to last 2,000 years if the sluggish rate of house building and replacement continues.
transformation plans Scunthorpe

Scunthorpe gets £60m investment under major transformation plans

North Lincolnshire Council has awarded two projects to Britcon as a part of an overall £60m investment for major transformation plans
smart city

The smart city is not just a pipedream

Why contractors must engage in the smart city conversation is highlighted here by John Cove, marketing manager at Starrett
Modular construction

The green impact of modular construction

Modular construction can create many benefits for the environment in addition to efficiency and cost savings as outlined here by Suhayl Laher of Tiles Direct As time goes on and our planet feels the weight of human activity, the need for sustainable solutions has risen substantially. We now understand the...
digitising planning

Digitising planning – developing trust and engagement

John Twitchen, PCSG’s Head of Cities and Communities calls for planners to digitise planning and notes the benefits for all parties involved in the process
generation rent

Generation Rent say UK government is out of touch with their needs

An independent survey of 2,000 UK adults by LetBritain reveals the British public feel the government is out of touch with the needs of Generation Rent
Heritage Impact Assessment process

How the Heritage Impact Assessment process protects historic sites

The Heritage Impact Assessment process can be complex to navigate without expert help as explained by Tom Barton from property consultants’ Fisher German
Timber Trends Report

Timber Trends Report tops previous years with growth forecast beyond 2018

Here, Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the STA, reveals some of the findings of the recently published Timber Trends Report
UK housing market and construction

How the UK housing market is evolving

In the wake of Brexit, Article 50 and the General Election in June 2017, the UK housing market is under great scrutiny as Mark Haskell discusses here
Neighbourhood Planning Act

What impact will new conditions in the Neighbourhood Planning Act have?

The insertion of new conditions in the Neighbourhood Planning Act could have significant consequences for the sector. DLA Piper's Vanessa Ralph explains   The Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017.  Not yet in force, section 14 of the 2017 Act inserts a new section 100ZA into...
new woodlands

Forest Carbon partners with Kier Living to create new woodlands

Kier Living, part of the Kier Group, has launched its Greener Living campaign and partnered with Forest Carbon with a commitment to create new woodlands by planting 45,000 new trees by 2020 to offset its carbon usage. Forest Carbon leads the way in voluntary carbon woodland creation in the UK...
land release fund to build homes

£54 million Land Release Fund announced

The government has launched a £54 million Land Release Fund package to transform local communities and release land for thousands of new homes. The Land Release Fund is part of a new cross-government partnership with DCLG, the Cabinet Office and Local Government Association’s One Public Estate programme designed to make...
planning application process

Changing the landscape of the planning application process

Karen Howard, Partner at DLA Piper explains how new legislation introduced in the Housing and Planning Act could impact the planning application process Important legislation was introduced in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 ("Act") which could change the landscape of the planning application process. Fundamental new provisions enable the...