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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!

Plans revealed for new station at Inverness Airport

Detailed plans have been released outlining the proposals for a new £2m railway station located at Inverness Airport… Hitrans, the Highlands and Islands transport body, has submitted detailed plans for a new railway station at Inverness Airport. The plans propose the development of a stop at Dalcross close to the airport....

Lords vote to moderate starter homes plans

The House of Lords has stood against some of the government’s plans for starter homes, namely the discounted rate for first time buyers… The government has once against suffered a blow after the House of Lords stood against proposed plans for starter homes. The starter homes scheme was proposed by the...

UK Construction week will be hosted in October

After a successful launch last year, UK Construction week is set to return to Birmingham’s NEC in October… A major construction industry event is set to return after a successful launch last year. Media 10’s UK Construction week will be held during 18-20 October at the NEC in Birmingham. The...

Planning and Building Control Today now live!

Welcome to the April edition of PBC Today where we lead with the challenges surrounding the Housing and Planning Bill for councils, which the Local Government Association argue, is placing extreme pressure in the delivery of affordable homes. They believe that measures within the Bill risk combining to reduce...

Self-build register launched in the Isle of Wight

A new self-build register has been launched by the Isle of Wight Council to help people wishing to construct their own property… The Isle of Wight Council has launched a new register aimed at matching self-builders with suitable plots of land on the island. The self-build register will be available to anyone...

Online planning objection process needs improving

Research has revealed only a third of councils provide a good or very good service for residents objecting to planning applications… A new survey has revealed shortfalls in the online planning objection process. Public sector ICT representative body Socitm found only a third of councils provide a good or very...

Housebuilding activity sees slowdown

Expansion in the housebuilding sector reached its weakest level in March for more than three years, it has emerged… The Markit/CIPS construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) has revealed a slowdown in housebuilding activity, with growth reaching its weakest level since January 2013. The survey found overall growth in the construction industry...

London mayoral candidates dismiss value of infrastructure

Natasha Levanti, Group Communications Executive, ACE Group discusses the mayoral candidates disdain for the needs of Londoners in their quest to take office... Despite the fact that housing, transport and job are the most important issues to Londoners, both Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan have expressed a dismissive and cavalier attitude to...

Can technology save the planning and building control process?

iApply discuss the role of technology in planning and building control, and how it can save money... Technology has been proven to help save time and money across many industries, helping companies reach maximum efficiency and service for their customers.  However, it has been recorded that local authorities have been...

Affordable homes – the challenge for councils

The LGA argue that councils must have the flexibilities to shape the number, location, types and quality of starter homes to ensure that they meet local need, alongside other affordable homes for rent… Councils share the Government’s ambition to increase house building and enable home ownership. Measures within the Housing and...

The CLG Committee calls for a review of the NPPF

The Communities & Local Government (CLG) Committee are calling for a comprehensive review of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to be carried out before the end of this Parliament. Their report, 'Department for Communities and Local Government’s consultation on national planning policy', has found that there has not been...

The Housing and Planning Bill: A time of confusion

Naomi Luhde-Thompson, Planning Campaigner for Friends of the Earth details how further reform of the planning system heralded by the Housing and Planning Bill will spell more confusion and delay… Since 2010, planning reform has been relentless in England. Planning guidance were reduced to a mere 50 pages, and then...

The SME house builder: A solution to the housing crises

Chief Executive Brian Berry at the Federation of Master Builders argues the case of SME house builders who could, and should, play a crucial role in delivering new homes. He outlines the challenges they face… If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s that solving the housing...

The rise of offsite construction

Richard Ogden, Chairman of the Buildoffsite organisation explains why offsite construction can bring huge benefits to the construction industry… I have worked in the construction industry for almost 50 years with many roles including client and supplier. In that time, I have picked up two abiding thoughts. Firstly – the...

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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!