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.

Warning over planning ‘free for all’

An adviser to number 10 has warned that the government’s planning reforms have led to a ‘free for all’… Member of the Number 10 policy board Nadhim Zahawi has warned that the ‘free for all’ could result in ‘physical harm’ to the countryside. The MP for Stratford- on- Avon said that...

Preferred bidder for extra care apartments

A preferred bidder has been announced for 390 extra care apartments to be developed in Stoke-on-Trent… Stoke on-Trent City Council has named the consortium Sapphire to build the apartments which will be the biggest scheme of its kind to be developed in the city. The apartments will be built over the...

Right to Contest announced

From today communities and businesses will be able to action their Right to Contest and submit applications challenging the use of sites... Selling off buildings and land no longer used by government will contribute to paying down the deficit and help ensure that the country lives within its means. Currently, members...

Minister chairs flood recovery progress meeting

A meeting was held on 19 December with agencies and services involved in helping communities recover from the recent floods… The meeting was chaired by the Flood Recovery Minister Brandon Lewis, who was impressed with how the Environment Agency, local authorities and voluntary groups had successfully worked with emergency services...

Green light for housing development in York

Approval has been give for a major housing development n York to help meet its housing demand… The development on a landmark factory site has been heralded as a signal the city has “turned a corner” in housing demands. Planning permission has been granted to David Wilson homes to build 57...

Councils rewarded for building new homes

Councils have received a bonus of over £2 billion for helping to deliver 550,000 more homes… Official figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that housing construction has risen to its highest levels since 2007. Under the New Homes Bonus, councils have been rewarded for delivering 550,000 newly built homes...

Kenilworth Station gets the green light

A new station in Kenilworth has been given full final approval and paves the way for new local services… Plans for a new £11.3m station in Kenilworth have been given final approval under the government’s multi-million pound New Stations Fund. The Department for Transport has approved the allocation of £5m from...

New measures to provide stability for councils

Details announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement will provide stability for councils to secure £1bn major investment for house building… The new measures will help to speed up the delivery of homes and cut unnecessary planning processes, as well as helping councils to keep Council Tax down. Housing starts are now 89%...

Simplified planning to help local economy

New measures outlined this week will cut down unnecessary planning processes to speed up the delivery of homes… The proposals will boost housebuilding and support businesses keen to expand by removing delays from the planning system, stopping burdensome conditions and cutting the costly red tape often faced by applicants. As well...

£375bn earmarked for new infrastructure investment

The government has announced a new national infrastructure plan that will see the insurance industry investing £25bn… The new government plan sets out investment for energy, transport, flood defence, waste, water and communications infrastructure up to 2030 and beyond with 6 major insurers announcing plans to collectively invest £25bn in...

Councils urge government to remove borrowing cap

The Local Government Association (LGA) are urging the Chancellor to lift the housing borrowing cap in this weeks Autumn Statement… The lift will allow councils to invest in housing under normal responsible borrowing guidelines. Local authorities are warning the government that restriction on what each council can invest in housing are...

York to have new city archive

A preferred bidder has been named to build the £1.6m new city archive at York Explore… William Birch & Sons Ltd of Osbaldwick will deliver the new archive using part of the Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Gateway to History project to preserve and open up the city’s internationally important archives to people across...

Communities encouraged to work on neighbourhood plans

Planning Minister Nick Boles has urged communities to make full use of their rights and work on plans setting out the vision for their neighbourhood… There are now more than 800 communities working on getting a neighbourhood plan in place, taking advantage of government intentions to give people more say over...

Manchester to redevelop tower blocks

Three of north Manchester’s long-term empty residential tower blocks will breathe with a new lease of life as substantial development work gets underway… The blocks in Ancoats - Chippenham, Saltford and Rodney Court – have stood empty for 15 years becoming an eyesore to local people, but now a new...