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Planning policy, woking

Planning inspector approves Woking’s future development policy

An appointed planning inspector has found Woking Borough’s future development policy ‘sound and legally compliant’.
London Plan

The London Plan: 7 areas to deliver a legacy of sustainable...

Andrew Dowell, a senior planner at Ingleton Wood’s London office, casts his expert eye over the London Plan – the fraught 500-page vision to reshape our post-Covid capital over the next 20 years – and has picked out seven key areas that could seal its fate.

Green light for new business district in Tunbridge Wells

U+I has been granted planning permission from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to transform 30-acres of open green belt land in Kent into a new green business community.
Permitted Development Rules, PDRs,

Permitted Development Rules: Higher you climb, harder you fall

New Permitted Development Rules (PDRs) came into force which could provide for a large boost to the government’s housing target of 300,000 “new” homes a year by 2025.
business community,

Go-ahead for £200m green business community in Kent

Regeneration specialist, U+I is set to transform unused land in Kent into a new green business community centred on sustainability and wellbeing.
green belt

When is building on the green belt the most sustainable option?

Developing the UK’s revered green belt is always contentious but, as Fieldfisher planning expert Dinah Patel explains, sometimes building on protected land can deliver a more positive outcome for communities and developers than the alternatives.
planning system

Planning reforms offer major boost to SME builders

Landmark changes to the UK’s outdated planning system will protect valued green spaces and offer a major boost to SME builders.
planning laws,

New planning laws to ‘cut out unnecessary bureaucracy’

The government has outlined new laws which will mean full planning applications will not be required to demolish and rebuild unused buildings.
Arden Cross

Plans unveiled for £3bn Arden Cross scheme

Home to the HS2 Interchange Station, Arden Cross has launched its ambitious masterplan to create a sustainable new business, leisure and residential district in the Midlands.
Sustainable stadium, Cambridge united

Cambridge United reveal design for new sustainable stadium

Cambridge United has announced its new concept for a sustainable stadium, although still in the early stages the scheme will be located on greenbelt land.
brownfield developments, Infrastructure for everyone

ACE urges Government not to overlook brownfield development

In its manifesto, ‘Infrastructure for everyone’, the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) argues for denser brownfield development, to help deal with the national housing crisis.
West Midland housebuilding,

Housebuilding in West Midlands doubles in eight years

Over the last eight years, nearly 17,000 new homes were built in the West Midlands, meaning housebuilding for the region has more than doubled.
housing crisis, rural campaigners, planning system,

Rural campaigners say they can help solve the housing crisis

Rural campaigners have argued that the current ‘outdated’ planning system is holding the UK back and say the government should let them help ease the housing crisis.
WMCA, Brownfield housing, Sandwell

Joint venture unlocks biggest brownfield housing site in the region 

The joint venture between Sandwell Council and WMCA, unlocks the biggest brownfield housing site in the region, helping to reduce pressure on the green belt.
rates of urban creep, Edinburgh

Edinburgh loses 11 hectares of green land to urbanisation each year

The conversion of gardens and other vegetated areas to built-up surfaces – known as urban creep – in Edinburgh is an area that is poorly researched.
building on the green belt, countryside

Only 1 in 10 homes built on Green Belt land deemed...

According to a report by countryside charity, CPRE, only 1 in 10 homes built on land released from the Green Belt are ‘affordable’.
Green belt,

Cash boost to crackdown on illegal building on nation’s green belt

Councils across the country are set to benefit from a slice of nearly £2m to crack down on illegal developments on the nation’s Green Belt, housing minister Esther McVey has announced.
Brownfield site

The grass is often greener on the brownfield site

It’s time for the construction industry to set aside the wrecking ball and rethink how it uses brownfield land, argues Nick Russell, director of civil and structural engineering consultancy Thomasons.
Housebuilding, Joe Ridgeon, houses

Planning stability will drive housebuilding growth

Housebuilding is an emotive issue at the best of times but in the face of a full-blown crisis in supply, the need to deliver many more homes, in the right places, cannot be ignored. Joe Ridgeon, director of Hedley Planning Services, examines the key issues affecting supply.
West Midlands Combined Authority, WMCA, New homes

WMCA gains £41m to help unlock derelict land for housing

£41m has been secured by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to help unlock hundreds of acres of former industrial land for much-needed new homes.
Local Plan, Cheshire West

Cheshire West and Chester adopt part two of its local plan

Cheshire West and Chester Council Members have adopted the Cheshire West and Chester Local Plan (Part Two) presented to full Council.
Shipping container, Cleveland Containers

Four ways to help solve the housing crisis

Shipping container specialists, Cleveland Containers, discuss four ways in which the UK’s housing crisis could be solved.
Green belt, Manchester,

Manchester tops land use table to develop a third of its...

Manchester has become the first city in England to develop more than a third of its Green Belt, analysis of new figures by Project Etopia reveals.
Green belt land

Green belt land: Could it save our housing crisis?

With the housing crisis at a critical point and the uncertainty of Brexit hanging over the nation, some believe that utilising our green belt land could be the best solution to the current lack of affordable housing, Adam James discusses more.
Redefining the green belt

Redefining the green belt to tackle the UK’s housing crisis

Richard Hyams of architectural practice astudio argues that redefining the green belt will help tackle the UK’s current housing crisis.
Greater Manchester, housing, transport,

Greater Manchester leaders outline radical housing plans

Greater Manchester’s leaders have set out radical housing and transport plans to ensure the city-region can thrive at a time of national uncertainty.

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