Planning application submitted for employment park in Harworth

Barton Willmore, a UK integrated planning and design consultancy, has submitted an outline planning application for a 2.5 million sq ft employment park at 200 acres of land to the south of Harworth and Bircotes.

Osborne unveils major shake-up of planning system

Developers could get automatic planning permission on brownfield sites, while ministers would be able to seize derelict land for development and step in if councils fail to act to meet local housing need under a major shake-up of the planning system announced by George Osborne.

Eco town planning application submitted

A major planning application has been submitted for 1,700 new homes in North West Bicester, Oxfordshire.

Communities to have a say over future development

Communities looking to have their say over the future development of their local area will have access to more information thanks to a new guide to the planning system published today.

Planning reforms put power back in the hands of local residents

The New Year will bring new powers to make it quicker and easier for communities to create their own neighbourhood plan, says housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis.

Communities to have more say on local construction projects

The Government has earmarked £23m to encourage more communities in England to adopt Neighbourhood Plans that allow them to vote on proposals for development in their area.

Terence O’Rourke behind first Scottish Simplified Planning Zone

Scotland’s first Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ) in more than 20 years has been adopted, marking a significant landmark in the bid to remove red tape in planning and attract investment north of the English border.

Communities should be more involved in planning decisions, says government minister

Communities Minister Stephen Williams has chaired a roundtable discussion with key professional bodies and challenged them to do more to make buildings, streets and public space more inclusive and accessible to all.

Cross-party cross-sector call for national housing consensus

Politicians from the three main political parties have signed a letter alongside council leaders, heads of homelessness and planning charities, leading architects and planners, and chief executives of development companies and housing associations to address the current housing crisis.

Mayor calls for planning exemption to be preserved to protect London’s key business districts

The Mayor of London is bidding to preserve London’s key business districts by urging the Government to reconsider proposals that could see valuable office space in the capital turned into homes.

London needs New York-style model to boost planning, says new report

The number of London boroughs should be slashed from 32 to just five in line with New York City to aggregate skills, improve efficiency and reduce costs in planning functions, a new report has argued.

When minerals undermine you

Since new guidance came out earlier this year, one often overlooked aspect of planning is tripping many “dead cert” developments up just at the finishing line says David Bridgewood

Infrastructure Bill amendment lays foundation for delivery of Garden Cities, says TCPA

Housing and planning charity the Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) has welcomed a proposed amendment to the Infrastructure Bill which lays the foundation for the delivery of high quality new communities.

Give planning changes time to take effect says countryside business lobby

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has given its backing to a report on rural housing, but has called for updates to the planning system to be given more time to take effect.

Infrastructure is at the heart of the government’s economic plan, says Lord Deighton

The construction industry will help to increase the economy’s long-term growth rate and is at the heart of the government’s economic plan, said Lord Deighton at the Government Construction Summit today.

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2017-05-31 13:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 08:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 14:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 16:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

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