Earlier this month the Prime Minister announced changes to the planning system to aid the construction industry and wider economy in the aftermath of the pandemic. In addition, a review of government-owned land will look at how it can be managed more effectively. These changes are designed to mobilise the construction industry and help meet the widespread need for more housing.
Whilst regeneration schemes and more homes are much needed, changing the parameters around Permitted Development Rights to give developers and builders more freedom, will undoubtedly become a contentious issue.
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A post war housing estate has been granted approval by Woking Borough Council’s planning.
The goal is to regenerate the 74-acre site in the Woking suburbs into a ‘sustainable, community-focused’ neighbourhood, with the present number of dwellings doubling from 570 to 1,142, half of which will be affordable.
695 homes have detailed consent, and 834 homes have planning permission.
Outline planning permission has been granted by Thurrock Council’s planning committee, for a £1 billion proposal.
Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd (PCRL), (a joint venture between Urban Catalyst & Swan Housing Association), submitted the plans for Purfleet on Thames.
Up to 2,850 homes are included in the plans, as well as; shops, restaurants, a medical centre, community facilities, a new town centre, upgrades to the rail station, improved riverside area, a new primary school, a 1,000,000 square feet media village with art, film and TV studios and new parks and leisure spaces.