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Planning & Construction is a crucial and somewhat challenging part in the execution of construction projects. It incorporates a whole host of tasks, from the estimation of resources and duration of tasks to the choice of technology and predicted budget of a project. Developing the planning & construction strategy is a vital task in the management of construction. It may also be helpful when making organisational judgments about the relationships between project participants and even which organisations to include in a project. Our team of editors offer a wide range of planning & construction-based articles. We look at projects applying for planning permission, projects successfully completed and the planning system as a whole. There are plenty of newsy pieces and features delving deeper into the world of construction for you to get your teeth into… enjoy!

Brownfield planning rules may be relaxed to boost house building

Brownfield planning rules may be relaxed to boost house building

Chancellor George Osborne is pushing plans to change the rules surrounding brownfield sites in a bid to increase house building across England... Housing developments on brownfield sites could be granted automatic planning approval under new rules. Brownfield refers to land that has been previously developed, but is now vacant or...
Canary Wharf to trial smart city technology

Canary Wharf to trial smart city technology

Canary Wharf Group is set to pilot new technologies as the latest winners of the Cognicity Challenge are announced... The Cognicity Challenge is a competition aimed at bringing smart city technologies to the Canary Wharf estate. The three latest winners of the challenge are BlockDox, Puckily, and 3D Repo. Their technologies...
Five radical ideas for improving the planning system

Five radical ideas for improving the planning system

Professor Yvonne Rydin of UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning presents five ideas that could result in a planning system that delivers a strategy that works for the UK… The run-up to the recent General Election prompted a group of academics at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning to address the parlous...
Planning (Wales) Act receives Royal Assent

Planning (Wales) Act receives Royal Assent

Royal Assent has been given for the first separate planning Act since it was devolved in Wales... Planning in Wales took a step forward yesterday when the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 was granted Royal Assent. The Act, which aims to address five objectives, is not a wholesale reform of the planning system...
Lancaster village receives planning consent

Lancaster village receives planning consent

A new project to construct 50 properties in a village near Lancaster has gained outline planning consent... Harrison Pitt Architects has negotiated a deal to sell 4.4 acres in Galgate on behalf of the landowner to housebuilding company Persimmon Homes. The site, which is known as Launds Fields to the...
Small housebuilders receive £100m boost

Small housebuilders receive £100m boost

Under new measures revealed by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis small housebuilders will receive a £100m funding boost to support developments... The launch of the Housing Growth Partnership will see investment in smaller builders working on new developments. It will also provide funding to support their businesses, help get workers onto...
Annual house price growth falls to a two-year low

Annual house price growth falls to a two-year low

The Nationwide has revealed the annual rate of house price growth fell to a two-year low in June... According to the figures the annual rate of growth fell to 3.3 per cent in June. This was a decline from the month before, which saw a figure of 4.6 per cent. Building...
Four month high for UK construction PMI

Four month high for UK construction PMI

The monthly Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) increased to 58.1 in June, reaching a four month high... According to the latest figures published in the monthly construction PMI the sector saw the highest rate of growth for four months during June. The monthly Markit/CIPS PMI also recorded confidence in the industry...
Planning granted for quarter of a million homes

Planning granted for quarter of a million homes

The government has released figures showing the number of homes granted planning permission has reached levels higher than before the 2008 recession... In the year to March councils across England granted planning permission for 261,000 new homes to be built. This represented the highest annual total for eight years. Housing Minister...
Plans to create new Sunderland village

Plans to create new Sunderland village

A new urban village with 1,000 homes, a school, and sports facilities is being planned in Wearside, Sunderland... Councillors have kick-started plans to create a new urban village in Sunderland after agreeing to sell 9.2 acres of land between Ryhope and Tunstall to three developers. Taylor Wimpey will lead the consortium,...

Summer edition of PBC Today Northern Ireland is live!

Welcome to the Summer edition of Planning and Building Control Today Northern Ireland... We are only a few months into the biggest planning and local government shake up in a generation for Northern Ireland, so PBC Today asked Turley Belfast Office Director Michael Gordon to provide some early thoughts. He...
Planning and engagement for growth

Planning and engagement for growth

Stuart Mearns, Head of Planning and Rural Development for Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park details the wider benefits of investing in engagement to develop policies, proposals and guidance for future growth… As a National Park Authority, we are tasked with looking after some of the most precious and...
Interserve wins £200m defence rehab contract

Interserve wins £200m defence rehab contract

Interserve has been chosen as the preferred bidder for a new armed forces rehabilitation centre located near Loughborough... A £200m Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre located near Loughborough will be constructed by Interserve after the company beat off competition to win the project. It will comprise of a new 380,000 sq...
Scottish construction shows growth in confidence

Scottish construction shows growth in confidence

The latest quarterly survey of Scottish builders shows confidence has soared to record heights… The Scottish construction sector has seen confidence increase by six points on the first quarter of 2015, reaching a new high score of +35. The news, which will undoubtedly be welcomed by the sector, means it is...

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Planning & Construction News

Planning & Construction is a crucial and somewhat challenging part in the execution of construction projects. It incorporates a whole host of tasks, from the estimation of resources and duration of tasks to the choice of technology and predicted budget of a project.

Developing the planning & construction strategy is a vital task in the management of construction. It may also be helpful when making organisational judgments about the relationships between project participants and even which organisations to include in a project.

Our team of editors offer a wide range of planning & construction-based articles. We look at projects applying for planning permission, projects successfully completed and the planning system as a whole. There are plenty of newsy pieces and features delving deeper into the world of construction for you to get your teeth into… enjoy!