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.

Asbestos – the hidden assassin

Wayne Bagnall MBE, chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) specialising in asbestos, takes us back to basics and warns how to spot the hidden killer Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals that are contained within rock. These natural resources...

A Seafront Transformation

As investment in coastal areas grows, Cabinet Secretary at Sunderland City Council, Mel Speding, discusses how regeneration in the North East city is gaining speed Sunderland’s Seafront Regeneration project was launched in 2009, with the aim of transforming the waning fortunes of the city’s twin resorts of Seaburn and Roker. Since...

The Coastal Challenge

Phil Evans, Head of Policy and Analysis for VisitEngland, examines the planning challenges facing seaside resorts Two years ago VisitEngland, the national tourist board, launched a series of Tourism Action Plans together with the wider tourism industry to help take forward some of the long-term priorities identified in England’s first...

PROFILE: Finding the Files

The importance of local authority archives… County record offices and borough archives used to be obscure places, but the past decade has seen increasing interest from the general public, keen to research their ancestors or the history of their neighbourhood. Ideally these places should be the collective memory of their...

PROFILE: A Finer Class of Grass

One of the largest turf-growing enterprises in the country Grasslands are long established turf growers based in the Garden of England, supplying quality seed grown turf into the landscape, sports and amenity market throughout the South East of England. Romney Marsh has had a reputation for growing quality grass since...

A Sustainable CIL Approach

Angus Saunders Principal Project Officer at Brent Council highlights how CIL can be used for sustainable growth and development Brent recently introduced the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), being amongst one of the first London boroughs to do so. We have plans for extensive growth in both homes and jobs over...

The real threat to archaeology

<h2dr Chris Cumberpatch, Vice-chair of RESCUE warns that economic cut-backs risk a return to the bad old days of development without archaeological mitigation In July 2013 a report on local government staff resources allocated to archaeology and building conservation was issued jointly by English Heritage, the Association of Local Government Archaeological...

NPPF: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Eighteen months from publication Suzan Yildiz, Head of Planning at Olswang LLP considers the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in practice… From its very conception, the NPPF incited hyperbole from the pro-development and environmental lobby alike. The (then) planning minister proclaimed “development is growth”, its authors declared...

Permitted development rights start at home

Chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee Clive Betts gives thought to changes to planning rules for homeowners A year has passed since Eric Pickles announced a relaxation of planning rules for homeowners. In that time his controversial plans have been out to consultation, criticised and changed. His original...

Village greens to get new planning measure

Changes to the village green system will make it easier for towns and villages to find it easier to get the development they need…  Village green status protects land that is regularly used for recreation but loopholes in the system have increasingly been abused by people looking to stop development. As...

New measures to ensure local people are prioritised for social housing

The Government are to introduce new guidance which will ensure local people are at the front of the line for social housing… Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles has announced new measures which will ensure local people are prioritised for homes and introduce greater transparency on...

UK power plant gets go-ahead

The UK’s first new nuclear station in a generation has been given the green light by the government. . . A consortium lead by EDF Energy plans to build the Hinkley Point C plant in Somerset, which minister say will help to take the UK towards low-carbon power. The two reactors...