Latest Planning & Policy News
Active Travel planning role concerns industry
Developers warn Active Travel England’s new powers will slow housing applications
Chancerygate submits plans for 82,400 sq ft Leatherhead logistics hub
Developer Chancerygate has submitted plans to speculatively build 82,400 sq ft of grade-A urban logistics and warehousing space in Leatherhead, Surrey.
Scottish rent cap extension slammed by industry
Rental market experts have criticised the Scottish government’s decision to extend rent caps for private landlords by a further six months.
Woking’s woes reveal dangers of council property investment
Two schemes played a big part in the council being placed in special measures, as other LAs face a similar fate.
RICS appoints Maclean and Rawlinson as committee chairs
RICS has appointed CBRE managing directors Nick Maclean as chair of the membership services committee and Arcadis head of strategic research and insight Sam Rawlinson as chair of the knowledge and practice committee.
Kensington and Chelsea council ‘bucks current trends’ with major real estate investment
Kensington and Chelsea council’s pension fund is investing £1.6bn in commercial property with circa £150m spent to date, including the purchases of a Morrisons supermarket in Hampshire, an Audi car showroom in Milton Keynes, and a Travelodge hotel in York.
Major planning applications must consult Active Travel England
Developers submitting planning applications for schemes exceeding either 150 homes,12 acres of land or 18,700 sq ft must now first consult a government executive agency about non-vehicular connectivity to schools and other amenities before getting approval.
RICS continues to fight ‘unnecessary’ government investigation
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has repeated its calls to maintain the institution’s independence from political interests after a clause in the Levelling Up Bill that would allow government intervention into RICS was branded “unnecessary” by peers in the House of Lords.
Labour’s CPO plan panned
Proposals to scrap ‘hope value’ within the compulsory purchase order (CPO) process is likely to lead to protracted legal challenges and increase the risk of regeneration schemes being delayed or not progressing, according to industry observers.
Woking council forced into special measures
Two major regeneration schemes help borough council amass £1.9m debt pile.