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Introduction of Digital tool to isolate development land potential

by Paul Addison on October 26, 2017 No comments

To show the prospective of bringing together land, planning and housing data from different governments into one place, a new digital tool has been introduced.

Future Cities Catapult designed a sample model of the tool, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government to;

  • Help speed up plan-making and planning decisions.
  • Reduce the costs of plan-making and planning decisions.
  • Improve the quality of plan-making and planning decisions.
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Paul AddisonIntroduction of Digital tool to isolate development land potential

Money boost awarded to garden towns

by Paul Addison on October 12, 2017 No comments

With the aim of accelerating the delivery of more than 155,000 new homes in proposed garden towns throughout England, Sajid Javid, the community’s secretary, has revealed a £2.5 million cash addition.

Accelerating the large housing projects will be achieved by granting new funding to 9 garden town developments over the UK.

Local authorities and communities should be backed to deliver garden town proposals;

“speeding up the process of developments through additional dedicated resources and expertise”.

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First 100% affordable housing site revealed by Khan

by Paul Addison on September 20, 2017 No comments

A site in Walthamstow, formerly industrial, has been released for development with 100% affordable homes for first-time buyers, announced Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London.

In May 2016 when Sadiq Khan took over as the Mayor of London, he instructed the Greater London Authority to buy the former Webbs Industrial Estate after it had been derelict for seven years.

Of 13 bidders attracted, the housing association Catalyst was selected as the favored bidder.

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1,700 New Homes Planned for Westminster

by Paul Addison on September 18, 2017 No comments

Proposals to build 1,700 new homes and community hub in the Church Street area have been announced by Westminster City Council.

Both residents and businesses in the local area have been sought after by the council to get their view on the draft masterplan.

The masterplan includes the identification of nine regeneration sites and has the aim of building on current development sites over the next 15 to 20 years.

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Shelter claim that 1/3 permissions are not built

by Paul Addison on July 17, 2017 No comments

According to the charity Shelter, Over 320,000 homes with permission have failed to be developed over the past 5 years.

It has been said by Shelter, that this is almost 1/3 of homes.

Per the research, in London the issue is “particularly acute”, with one in two being “phantom homes”.

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The Government are encouraged to go ahead with infrastructure plans

by Paul Addison on July 4, 2017 No comments

The government have been called on by Lord Adonis and three business organizations to advance a on major infrastructure projects.

 The projects include:

  • A third Heathrow runway,
  • HS3,
  • Flood defense infrastructure.

The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission said at the Institute of Civil Engineers that Britain’s “historic weakness” has been to under-invest in infrastructure.

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Paul AddisonThe Government are encouraged to go ahead with infrastructure plans

From Jan-March 2017 Residential Approvals are Seeing a 9% Increase

by Paul Addison on June 26, 2017 No comments

According to latest government statistics, during the first quarter of 2017, residential planning approvals saw an increase of 9% compared to the same quarter in 2016.

The data from the Department for Communities and Local Government state that 89,500 decisions were granted, which is a total increase of 4% when paralleled with 2016.

87% of major applications were settled by district level planning authorities within 13 weeks or the agreed time.

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Paul AddisonFrom Jan-March 2017 Residential Approvals are Seeing a 9% Increase

Indoor air quality is deemed as ‘a planning issue’

by Paul Addison on June 14, 2017 No comments

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been encouraged to take into consideration indoor air quality (IAQ) for his London Plan.

In the future, this could lead to developers needing to achieve a certain IAQ when trying to get planning permission.

For buildings of a certain size, the Clean Air London campaign has requested that Khan includes IQA levels in his revised London Plan.

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Plans presented for £1.4bn Brent Cross redevelopment

by Paul Addison on May 25, 2017 No comments

Barnet Council have received an application for a £1.4 billion regeneration of the Brent Cross Shopping Centre in North London.

This is alongside the already standing outline planning consent that was awarded in 2010 to the developers Hammerson and Standard Life Investments.

The current centre was developed in 1976.

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Bird & Bird have lost their efforts to set aside a ruling

by Paul Addison on May 11, 2017 No comments

Following a ruling that Bird & Bird had acted negligently over their clients purchase of a £26m property in Camden, London, they have lost their efforts to set aside a ruling.

I really do sympathise with 2Birds enormously and feel this is unfair. You might think it is strange that I say that, and suggest that my business has an interest in them losing. It does, but that does not change the fact that I feel 2Birds attempted to be diligent and thorough and yet have been hung out (I will tell you how this can be avoided later). I applaud every solicitor that wants to do a thorough and proper job on every case, and I really resent cheap conveyancing that does the bare minimum. This judgment punishes the former approach. I still maintain that the expansion of the school in question would not have made a jot of difference to the value of this investment property. This is proved by the fact that Elizabeth Murdoch paid £3 million more for the same property after Orientfield Holdings served a notice of rescission before completion.
This whole case hangs on the responsibility of the solicitor providing a Plansearch report to also produce a summary of its contents.

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Paul AddisonBird & Bird have lost their efforts to set aside a ruling