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Critical Changes: Light Industrial (B1c) to Residential (C3) Class PA

Hounslow Council has deemed the conversion of light industrial to residential inappropriate, due to the effect this has had on employment sites and town centres within the borough. Council has claimed that they cannot afford to lose more employment land to residential. Therefore, a non-immediate direction to eliminate these rights has been created.

This direction was approved by the Council in December of 2016 and made in January of 2017.

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Crucial Changes: Offices (B1a) to Residential (C3) Class O 

Hounslow Council has found the conversion of offices to residential under permitted development to be unacceptable as this creates a loss of office space. Consequently, the Council has moved to protect office space in the borough by way of Article 4 Direction.

​​This direction was approved by Council in December of 2016 and made in January of 2017.

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Important Changes: Dwellinghouses (C3) to Small HMOs (C4) – Hanworth Ward

Hounslow council has introduced an Article 4 Direction that may affect you. If you are seeking to create a Small Scale HMO (C4) with certain parts of the borough, these directions mean that owners will now need to apply for planning permission.

With regards to the change of use from Dwellinghouses to small HMOs, the Non-Immediate Article 4 Direction has been approved by the council,

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Planning Permission Gained (Ealing): Signs and Blinds Business Escapes Enforcement Action and Secures Planning Permission

MZA Planning have been successful in securing planning permission for a client in Ealing. Our client was faced with an enforcement, however our Consultants were able to obtain permission for the continued use of the property as a retail unit and close the enforcement file.

With a detailed Design and Access Statement produced by MZA Planning,

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Appeal Approval (Hounslow): Wrap-around Extension Appeal Win in Stand on the Green Conservation Area

MZA Planning have recently secured approval for an appeal in Hounslow, reversing the Council’s decision of refusal. Our client was refused permission to erect a single storey side infill extension, on the grounds that the proposal would fail to preserve the character and appearance of the Strand on the Green Conservation Area.

Our team argued that the extension would not be harmful to its surroundings,

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Appeal Won (Hounslow): Garage Extension Permitted in Chiswick

MZA Planning are happy to add yet another successful planning appeal to their record, which overturned Hounslow Council’s refusal to grant permission. Our client had been refused permission to erect a single storey extension to an existing outbuilding, due to its size and scale that the Council found unfit to the surrounding area.

Our Consultants, having great knowledge with regards to planning policies,

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Enforcement Overturned (Brent): Circumcision Clinic Spared the Chop!

MZA Planning are pleased to announce a successful outcome for an enforcement appeal in Brent. Our client was served with an enforcement notice stating that there was a breach of planning permission, in relation to the change of use of the premises to a mixed use as residential and a clinic.

This case required a great deal of effort and hard work as it was quite a lengthy process.

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Planning Permission Approval (Hounslow): Rear Roof Extension

MZA Planning are pleased to add another successful case in Hounslow to their record. Our client in Chiswick applied for a rear roof extension to form an outrigger and Juliette balcony.

MZA Planning oversaw the case from A to Z; we helped the client by arranging for our architect to produce drawings for the project and by producing a detailed design and access statement in support of the application.

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Planning Permission Approval (Barnet): Change of Use to A3

MZA Planning recently obtained A3 (Restaurant) planning permission for a client in Barnet. The client had previously applied for an A3 Restaurant use and had been rejected by the Council on both occasions.

Using our knowledge of permitted development regulations introduced within the last couple of years our consultants were able to secure approval for our client within days for a 2 year period.

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Planning Permission & Listed Building Consent Obtained (Bristol): New Shopfront

MZA Planning are pleased to announce approval of planning permission and listed building consent in relation to a project in Bristol.

Our client seeking to redevelopment a Grade II Listed Building sought approval in the 1st phase for a new shopfront and associated alterations.

The application was initially heading towards refusal, however, through a combined team effort and a swift response.

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Planning Permission Approval (Ealing): Installation of Front and Rear Crittal Windows

MZA Planning are happy to announce yet another successful planning application in for a property located in Ealing’s Hanger Hill (Haymills) Conservation Area where an article 4 direction has removed permitted development rights.

The carefully prepared and researched submission proposed steel critical windows to ensure the proposal wasn’t harmful to the conservation area. Approval was obtained and delivered on time within 8 weeks.

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Planning Permission Approval (Southwark): Erection of Second Floor Rear Extension in Conservation Area

MZA Planning has been successful in gaining planning permission for a client in Southwark. Our client applied for the erection of a second-floor rear extension in a Conservation area.

MZA Planning arranged for an architect to produce drawings for the project and prepared a design and access statement in support of the planning application. The drawings had to be amended after liaising with the case officer,

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Won on Appeal (Ealing): Vehicle Access with hardstanding

MZA Planning are pleased to announce another successful planning appeal overturning a Council’s refusal to grant planning permission.

Our client applied for a vehicle access with hardstanding, however, Ealing Council refused the application on the grounds that the proposal would fail to allow vehicles to enter and leave the site in a forward gear and as a result would be harmful to highway safety.

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Kensington Palace set for major renovations

One of the historic Royal palaces, in the shape of Kensington Palace, is set for some major renovations ahead of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge making it their family home. It is been reported that officials from Historic Royal Palaces have made an application to Kensington and Chelsea Council for some major changes. This was fully expected but the planning application is controversial to say the least.

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Do I need planning permission for a garden shed?

Want somewhere to stash the lawn mower? Or a place to retreat to with a good book? Sheds are versatile buildings, but there might be some hoops you need to jump through before installing one in your garden.

The national home of planning and building regulations outlines on their website the factors you have to consider before putting up a potting shed.

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Chelsea given planning permission for new 60,000-seater stadium

Chelsea have been given the green light to build a new 60,000-seater stadium at Stamford Bridge after winning planning approval for the project.
The club’s hopes of redeveloping their current home received a boost on Wednesday evening when Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s planning and development control committee voted unanimously in favour of the scheme.

A statement on the club’s official website,

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Planning Committee votes against Chiswick Curve Building

Hounslow Council’s Planning Committee has given a resounding ‘No to the 32-storey Chiswick Curve.

There was a unanimous vote against the planning application which had been recommended for refusal by Council planning officials.

Despite the cold weather, about sixty people from groups opposed to the Curve, turned up at the meeting in the Civic Centre, to show their strength of opposition to the project.

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Fresh look proposed for Turnham Green railway bridge

Abundance London is working on an ambitious project to transform the area under the railway bridges along Turnham Green Terrace, outside the tube station.

This area has been an eyesore for many years. Abundance London first proposed this project several years ago, and now has permission from TfL to create a lovely mural here. Over 27 metres long,

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Ed Sheeran triggers planning appeal to build huge garage

Suffolk singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is to appeal after plans for a new garage are rejected by his local council. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran is taking his local council to a planning appeal after plans for a huge new garage were rejected.

The songwriter wants to build a four-bay cartlodge garage with extra parking at his 16th Century Listed building home near Framlingham in Suffolk.

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Campaigners seek public inquiry into handling of ‘Paddington Cube’ planning application

Heritage campaigners have called for a public inquiry into Westminster council’s handling of the planning application for the “Paddington Cube” office block.

The proposed £775 million development next to the railway station was given the green light by councillors earlier this month.

But Henrietta Billings, director of the SAVE Britain’s Heritage group said objections from Historic England and the London Ambulance Service had been “brushed aside” at the meeting of the planning committee that granted the consent.

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London Stanstead unveils plans for new arrivals building

London Stansted Airport has unveiled plans for a new £130 million Arrivals build it claims will “significantly improve the passenger experience”.

The building is the latest phase in the multi-million pound transformation programme by MAG to support future growth at the airport and attract new passengers and airlines.

Stansted is currently the busiest single terminal airport in the UK with up to 5,000 departing passengers alone passing through its doors every hour at peak times.

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Woman Hit With Fine Threat For Flying Festive Santa Flag – Because It Breaches ADVERTISING Laws

Scrooge council chiefs have threatened to fine a woman £2,500 for flying a flag featuring SANTA and his reindeer – because it breaches ADVERTISING laws.

Janis Patterson, 64, hoisted up the colourful festive flag which shows Father Christmas and his reindeers flying in front of a moon.

But the mum-of-two was stunned when Broxtowe Borough Council threatened her with prosecution for “the unauthorised display of advertisements”.

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Angry residents stunned after builder threatens legal action for £74k in ‘lost earnings’ after they objected to planning application for new flats

Plans to build 12 flats near the homes of the residents were rejected when they lodged their objections with the local council.

Plans to build 12 flats near the homes of the residents were rejected when they lodged their objections with the local council.
But the house builder, Raith Developments, has now sent a bill for lost profit to the nine residents in the village of Thornton,

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Shock horror – there are too many estate agents in Islington!

It’s enough to make the typical Islington resident splutter over their breakfast muesli, or perhaps feel too nervous to drive their oh-so-eco-friendly Toyota Prius – but it appears the local authority feels there may be too many estate agents in the borough.

The Islington Tribune reports that a planning direction given by Islington Council’s executive committee has removed the permitted development rights which until now allowed traditional shops –

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Plans revealed for Brent Cross Shopping Centre to double in size in £1.4bn makeover

Plans to double the size of Brent Cross Shopping Centre in a £1.4billion makeover have been revealed by its owners.

Under the proposals by Hammerson and Standard Life Investments a new cinema and hotel will be incorporated within the shopping centre which will also boast more than 200 retailers.

The upper floor of the centre will host 40 new restaurants with the addition of a market level containing food stalls and producers.

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Sir James Dyson in hot water with council after adding a £1m swimming pool to his basement

Sir James Dyson is in trouble with the council after adding a luxury swimming pool to his £20 million mansion without planning permission.

The inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner range and Airblade hand dryer, who is worth £5 billion, is thought to have spent around £1 million on a basement swimming pool that may now have to be ripped out if he is not granted retrospective listed building consent.

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Plans approved for £185m regeneration scheme in Manchester city centre

New Victoria, a £185m regeneration project which will will be located in Manchester city centre, has received planning permission.

Muse Developments, the developer and urban regeneration specialist, in partnership with Network Rail, has been given consent by Manchester City Council’s planning committee to create the £185m mixed-use development on the 2.5-acre site on Corporation Street.

The project will see the creation of three new buildings: a 150,000 sq ft,

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Man who demolished listed home without consent could be facing prison

A MAN who demolished a 200-year-old listed cottage in Thornton-in-Craven without planning permission could be facing a prison sentence.

David Eckersall, 55, admitted the demolition of grade two listed Nutter Cote Farm at Skipton Magistrates’ Court on Friday and will be sentenced in nine weeks time.

Eckersall, who was allowed unconditional bail, will learn his fate following an all options report,

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Planning permission for 20,000 new homes in boroughs around Olympic Park

A key legacy of the London Olympics has begun to take shape as 20,000 new homes are given planning permission in boroughs around the site of the 2012 Games.

Government figures say that developers are on course to meet a target of 24,000 new properties in east London at sites where regeneration was triggered by the Olympics.

Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell said more than a third will be classed as affordable and many are due to be built on former wasteland that was cleaned up.

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Ealing Council take Enforcement action against the ‘gazebo’ outside Melody Cafe on Bedford Corner

Ealing Council have begun the process of formal enforcement action against the ‘gazebo’ outside Melody Cafe on Bedford Corner.

Local Councillors and the Bedford Park Society have been informed about the move which came after the owner failed to submit a planning application by the deadline set by the Council planning department.

After a site visit on 21 July,

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Grandmother ordered to rip down extension that cost her £11,000 life savings

A grandmother who spent her life savings on an extension has been told she has to tear down the build because it is ‘out of character’ for the local area.
Nicola Graham-O’Connor, 49, spent £11,000 adding pillars, railings and a canopy to the front of her semi-detached home in Quinton, Birmingham.
The homeowner claims she informed the council of her plans before embarking on the build and was told she did not need planning permission.

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Planning Application Submitted for New Chiswick Cinema

The new planning application to build a new cinema in the centre of Chiswick has been submitted raising hopes that films could be shown there as early as next year.

The cinema remain the same size as the original applicationwith five screens but approval was also being sought for three two-bedroom flats, “to make better use of the site”.

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Homage to George Orwell: BBC statue wins planning permission

George Orwell has won planning permission to return – as a lifesize bronze statue – to the BBC, which he left on bad terms in 1943 snarling that his work there as a talks producer “was wasting my own time and the public money on doing work that produces no result”.

This time he won’t cost the public a penny: all the money for the first public statue honouring the author of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm has been raised from private donors,

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London City Airport granted planning permission for expansion

London City Airport has been given planning permission from the UK government for the expansion of the terminal, which will increase annual capacity to 6.5 million passengers.

The expansion plans come as part of the City Airport Development Programme – a £344 million project to enhance the airport to cater for increasing passenger traffic. Plans are in place to build seven new aircraft stands and a parallel taxiway,

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New Westfield Shopping Centre proposed for Croydon

CROYDON’s £1.4bn Westfield/Hammerson development will be even bigger than first planned, with hundreds more homes and an IMAX cinema.

There will also be a new flagship Marks and Spencer store to replace the current M&S in North End, and three floors of shops in the shopping centre.

The updated plans have been announced ahead of a planning committee meeting to discuss the changes on April 28,

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Orms wins planning for office refurbishment on Oxford Street

Architect to revamp 1950s modernist building

Orms has won planning permission for a refurbishment of a 1950s building on the corner of Oxford Street and Newman Street in London’s West End.

The eastern end of Oxford Street is currently the focus of major construction projects, most involving demolition or retention of just a facade.

The refurbishment of Oxford House will remove an underused car park and replace it with a new office entrance and restaurant.

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Plans for the 32-Storey Chiswick Curve put on hold

Over 200 people attended a public meeting on Wednesday night at St Michael and All Angels Church which heard that the current application for the 32-storey Chiswick Curve is currently on hold. Discussions are continuing between the developers and Hounslow Council on the planning application.

Leader of the Council Steve Curran said that Hounslow Council is looking at the whole of the Golden Mile and Chiswick roundabout area (Great West Corridor Plan) and that the Chiswick Curve site cannot be considered in isolation.

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Furious neighbours reveal how ‘longest-running’ mega-basement row has ‘plagued their lives’ for almost a DECADE

Furious neighbours who live opposite the £28million mansion at the centre of London’s longest running mega-basement dispute have branded the ‘gaping 30ft chasm’ left by its fraudster owner a ‘plague on our lives’.

The Grade II listed townhouse was snapped up by conman Achilleas Kallakis, who was later convicted and jailed for seven years.

In 2005 he submitted a planning application to install a swimming pool ,

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Camden Council starts ‘enforcement investigation’ after woman paints her Belsize Park house pink

NEIGHBOURS have rallied around a woman told by the Town Hall that she has broken planning rules by painting a property in a picturesque Belsize Park street… pink.

Camden Council said it had been made aware of the choice of colour and had begun an “enforcement investigation”.

The case has now been handed to planning officials after Su Rose applied for retrospective consent for the pinky paint job,

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Battle against mega basement victory after Kensington & Chelsea challenges government policy

Kensington and Chelsea now has the toughest basement development policy in the country, the council has claimed.

The Royal borough, which has seen a massive increase in properties converting basements into extra living space , has new powers ensuring that all such developments must receive planning permission.

It comes as Queen guitarist Brian May said he would leave Kensington because the number of mega basement developments had meant staying there was ‘a living hell’ .

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i360 to get a little boost to become tallest observation tower outside of London

SUSSEX’S tallest building is set to get a boost to make it the tallest of its kind outside of London.

British Airways i360 bosses have submitted a planning application to add an 11.45 metre spire to the 162 metre tower to make it the tallest UK observation tower outside London.

If the addition is approved, the Brighton monument will tower above the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth which is 170 metres tall and pull further away from the 158 metre Blackpool Tower.

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Councils using ‘eye in the sky’ drones to spy on homes in attempt to check planning applications

Local councils are using drones to fly over homes to check planning applications, it emerged today.
A dozen local authorities admitted to using or hiring drones after hundreds were asked via Freedom of Information laws.
Civil rights activists accused town halls of making unfair intrusions on people’s lives while the Information Commissioner warned any use of drones would have to be ‘necessary and proportionate’.

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Food market operated without planning permission in front of the Town Hall for a year and a half

A STREET food market a few steps from the Town Hall operated without council planning permission for more than a year before officials realised and moved to shut it down.

Now Network Rail are asking Camden to allow the Real Food Market to return to the new open space outside King’s Cross station.

The application has left planners weighing up support from traders and fans of the market,

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French Organization Launches Final Appeal To Stop Jean Nouvel’s Massive ‘Duo Towers’

Jean Nouvel’s “tours Duo” could have its planning permission revoked as the French organization “Monts 14″ takes the city to court this week in an effort to stop construction before it starts.


Rendering of the Duo Towers.
Photo: courtesy Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

The group “Monts 14″ (fourteen mountains) filed a new appeal with the administrative court in Paris,against the construction of Nouvel’s Duo towers,

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Government is considering a proposal to allow applications to be processed by an “approved provider” to speed up planning process

Councils are supposed to determine all non-major planning applications within eight weeks, but to speed this process up further, the Government is considering a proposal to allow applications to be processed by an “approved provider”, which might mean the job can get done more quickly.

Legislation could be in place before the summer, though pilot schemes will be set up at first to test the system.

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More ‘illegal’ beds in sheds bite the dust in Hounslow clampdown

The clampdown on so-called ‘beds in sheds’ across Hounslow has continued with the demolition of three more “illegally-let” outbuildings.

Two sheds in Strafford Road, Hounslow, and one in Springwell Road, Heston , were torn down by their owners on the orders of Hounslow Council .

The council’s housing enforcement team first visited the two outbuildings at the rear of homes in Strafford Road in November 2014,

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Arsenal footballer Jack Wilshere wins battle to keep 18ft nets in back garden

Jack Wilshere, the Arsenal and England footballer, has won a planning battle to keep 18ft-high nets in his back garden after neighbours complained that they were a “monstrosity”.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who is currently not playing following surgery for a fractured fibula, faced having to tear down the nets in his garden in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, after a complaint from neighbours.

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Illegal ‘bed in shed’ demolished – and the owner has to foot the bill

An unauthorised outhouse with a concealed entrance constructed at the back of a residential property in west London – one of the so-called ‘beds in sheds’ properties – has been demolished by a local council.

The detached outhouse at the rear of the house in London NW10, was removed by Ealing council’s demolition contractor after the owner failed to comply with an enforcement notice requiring them to remove the illegal dwelling.

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West Ham unveil ‘spectacular’ Olympic Stadium

West Ham have submitted a planning application for a huge digital HD ‘wrap solution’ for the outside of their new home at the Olympic Stadium.

The Hammers are leaving Upton Park for Stratford this summer and if their application is successful fans arriving at their games will be treated to a unique prospect. They will be able to watch HD video clips of the Hammers on the exterior of the ground on 83m by 12m giant digital screens that will ‘respond to different brightness settings’ whether the game is taking place in the afternoon or evening.

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Roofless: Mum chops off top of kid’s treehouse after neighbours complain

A FILM director had to tear down the top of her son’s treehouse after neighbours moaned it breached their human rights. The film director had a 14ft structure built for her four-year-old without realising she needed planning permission.
Residents say kids climbing a ladder to its slide can see into bedrooms. But others said children should be free to play outside at the £5million mansion.

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Farmer pulls down illegal ‘castle’ home after admitting defeat in nine-year legal fight

A FARMER who built his dream “castle” without planning permission is finally tearing it down – after a nine-year legal war.

Robert Fidler, 67, discretely built the mock-Tudor home by hiding it behind hay bales and tarpaulin.

The dad-of-six defied court orders and lodged legal appeals in the battle with the council, which wanted the property to be destructed because he didn’t ask for planning permission.

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House built illegally in conservation area demolished by council

A three-bedroom house built illegally in a conservation area has been demolished by a council following a 14-year legal battle.

The chalet-style timber bungalow was originally built in 2002 without planning permission in Hollow Street, Chislet, Kent, and since then the owner has replaced it with a brick structure, extended it and added three caravans to the site.

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Huge new housing development ‘must not be allowed to prevent festivals in Hounslow park’

More than 900 homes are set to be built on the Hounslow civic centre site beside Lampton Park, after plans to move the council’s HQ were approved

A huge new housing development beside a park in Hounslow must not be allowed to prevent festivals taking place, a councillor has warned.

Hounslow’s civic centre will be demolished and replaced by up to 940 homes beside Lampton Park,

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New planning guidance for central London published by the Mayor

Protecting London’s vibrant commercial heartland and ensuring it can remain a key driver of the UK economy for decades to come is the focus of major new planning guidance published by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP.
The Mayor of London has published major new planning guidance aimed at protecting the city’s vibrant commercial heart which is a key driver of the UK economy.

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Manchester Resi Towers gets consent

Property Alliance Group’s application for a high-rise residential scheme at the corner of Store Street and Millbank Street near to Manchester’s Piccadilly station was given approval at the planning committee meeting.

Known as Oxygen, the project has been designed by 5plus Architects. The scheme includes 345 apartments and 12 townhouses, alongside leisure facilities and rooftop gardens.

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Fletcher Priest wins approval for major Piccadilly Circus redevelopment

The spaces behind the iconic illuminated signs of London’s Piccadilly Circus are set to be occupied for the first time since the 1950s, as part of a renovation by Fletcher Priest Architects that includes a huge rooftop extension.

Fletcher Priest received planning permission earlier this month to transform the various buildings that make up the Piccadilly Lights complex into offices,

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Plans to bring the long-awaited 12,000-capacity arena to Bristol hit stumbling block

Plans to bring the long-awaited 12,000-capacity arena to Bristol have hit a stumbling block after councillors voted to defer their decision over planning permission.

The proposals were sent back to council planners amid concerns raised about parking, cycle spaces, coach drop-offs and park & ride at a four-hour meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

The move is likely to push back the early-2018 opening date for the £92 million venue and cost the council hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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Planning consent given for Manchester Airport £1bn 10-year development

Planning consent has been granted for £1bn worth of developments at Manchester Airport.

The scheme is a series of 60 improvements to put in place state-of-the-art facilities for passengers.

It will include the expansion of Terminal 2 and an enlarged security hall with the latest technology for screening passengers.

There will also be new stands and piers,

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Sixty foot anti-pigeon net sparks bizarre planning row dubbed ‘pigeongate’ by neighbours

Residents in one of Kensington’s most exclusive streets are in a bizarre row with town hall chiefs over a 60ft bird net installed to prevent them from being plagued by pigeons.

A retired judge and former MI6 officer are among neighbours who have already spent more than £10,000 battling Kensington and Chelsea Council’s demand that they rip down the protective netting.

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New Scotland Yard redevelopment under fire

Westminster Council is likely to approve plans for the redevelopment of New Scotland Yard despite a flurry of objections

Westminster Council is recommending planning permission for the redevelopment of New Scotland Yard, despite criticsim over the scale of the scheme.

Critics include Historic England, which has warned harm is likely to be caused to designated heritage assets by BL Developments’ Ten Broadway scheme.

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Google just got planning permission to build a new office in London’s King Cross

The architects behind a new Google building in London have been given planning permission to start building a new 11-storey property.

Mossessian Architecture, which is designing the futuristic “S2” building in King’s Cross for Google, told Business Insider that planning permission was granted by Camden Council on Thursday.

The 180,000 square foot office block has a large roof terrace on level 11,

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Jaguar Land Rover submits planning application for new multi-million pound technology park

Jaguar Land Rover has submitted a joint outline planning application with Coventry City Council to create a technology park on a 60-acre site at Whitley which would create thousands of jobs.


New Jaguar Land Rover development in Coventry

Dubbed ‘Whitley South’, the scheme south of the A45 by Coventry Airport is at the heart of JLR’s ambitious expansion plans and represents a multi-million pound investment in the city.

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Artist Damien Hirst wins right to install 25-metre swimming pool and yoga room in mega-basement at his £40m home

Artist Damien Hirst has won a planning battle to install a swimming pool and yoga room in the mega-basement of his £40million home.
The 50-year-old, who is Britain’s richest living artist with a wealth of more than £200million, bought the fixer-upper in 2014 and has set about transforming it into one of London’s finest private homes.
It included plans for one of the capital’s most lavish basements,

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Commuters rally round as their morning coffee is threatened

COUNCIL charges are threatening to strangle a one-woman business providing morning coffee for Hungerford commuters.

Town mayor Martin Crane warned that demands by West Berkshire Council for Rebecca Sheinman, of Carpuccino, to fork out £1,200 for a street traders’ licence could kill off a “valuable asset to the town”.
Ms Sheinman said this week that council chiefs warned she may need planning permission,

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UK government considers allowing increased planning fees where councils perform well

Communities secretary Greg Clark has announced that he will consult on whether to reward good performance by certain council planning teams with the opportunity to increase their planning application fees.

Addressing parliament last week, Clark said “well-performing councils” might be allowed to “increase their fees in line with inflation at the most, provided that the revenue reduces the cross-subsidy the planning function currently gets from other council tax payers”.

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£1bn Croydon shopping centre start pushed back to 2017

Developer Hammerson has put back until next year the construction start on its £1bn scheme to redevelop Croydon’s Whitgift shopping centre.


Hammerson is in ongoing talks with anchor tenants for the new shopping centre

The project is one of three major schemes Hammerson plans to start in 2017 with a combined construction cost of up to £1.4bn.

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Thicket of London towers brings down criticism on developers

When millions of extra people move to a mostly low-rise city that is surrounded by a “greenbelt” where development is strictly limited, the obvious way to build is up.

But a series of well-known people from the sculptor Antony Gormley to the philosopher Alain de Botton have joined a campaign against the sprouting of more than 250 towers on London’s skyline and some developers are being forced back to the drawing board.

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Lewisham phone box turned in to London’s smallest library

A man has created London’s smallest library – in a phone box in Lewisham.

The disused red K2 model was bought for just £1 from British Telecom on behalf of the Brockley Society.
And now the project is going from strength to strength, with scores of people borrowing from it every day.

Mr Handley,

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‘Dilapidated’ ten-bedroom mansion on The Bishops Avenue on sale for £22.5 million

A tumbledown Victorian villa with no planning permission has gone on the market for an eye-watering £22.5 million.
The ten-bedroom Kenmore House, which has vegetation growing through its boarded-up windows, is even described as “dilapidated” by the estate agents.

But given its prime location in the exclusive Bishops Avenue in Hampstead, they are confident of finding a buyer keen to snap up the 1.7-acre plot.

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Can London keep its hub status?

London is one of the largest data center hubs in the world. Data centers in London account for more than a million square meters of white space and require more than 1 GW of power.

Much of the city’s success in this industry is due to its status as a major center of and finance. One in every five of Europe’s largest 500 companies is headquartered in London,

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Council leader says there is ‘lack of consistency’ regarding ads on Great West Road, Chiswick

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, has penned an open letter to the Planning Inspectorate to complain about the removal of the iconic Lucozade advertisement at York House, Brentford.
He says he is concerned that there is “a lack of consistency with decisions for advertisements on the Great West Road” and wants to see an independent review of the training and decision-making process of the Planning Inspectorate,

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T In The Park under threat from council after dossier outlines 2015 chaos

T In The Park 2016 is under threat of cancellation despite having already sold thousands of tickets, after a council report outlined a number of major organisational issues with last year’s event.

The 2015 event was the first to be held in Strathallan, and the local Perth & Kinross Council have commented that they feel that confidence in promoter DF Concerts has been “undermined”

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Wandsworth Council has £120m in unspent developer funding, as Lib Dems ask “Where’s the Jubilee Bridge?”

There is about £120m in unspent funds sitting on Wandsworth Council’s books.
The money was found by Wandsworth’s Liberal Democrat group following a series of Freedom of Information requests.

According to the council, money collected from developers is committed to projects, even if it is not spent, and some require a period of saving before they can be funded.There are also times delays occur in receiving and spending the money.It did not add how much of the unspent £120m this covered.S106 and CIL money is pledged by housing developers to local councils as part of planning applications and is intended for use in infrastructure projects.The money is usually spent on things like road improvements and school places.

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Are Western Esplanade cliffs in Southend strong enough for £40million museum?

In one of Southend’s most prominent locations, officials say a £40million seafront museum will be a “game-changer” for Southend’s already buoyant tourist industry.
Plans for a futuristic-looking museum, to house big-name relics from the Saxon King tomb and the London shipwreck, has been around on for almost a decade.

Despite the delays so far, Southend Council is increasingly confident the attraction,

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Jurassic Coast’s ‘Woodhenge’ set for two-year approval

A wooden replica of Stonehenge, dubbed Woodhenge, which was built without planning permission, could be allowed to stay pending a decision by planners.
The structure was built last June by Square and Compass pub landlord Charlie Newman in Worth Matravers, Dorset.
Purbeck District Council said the 50 sq m structure contravened planning rules and would have to come down.The authority has now said it can stay,

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Rod Stewart gets permission to build football pitch in grounds of £5million mansion near North Weald

Rod Stewart has been given planning permission to build an artificial football pitch in the grounds of his £5m mansion in Sheering Digsby

Football-loving rock star Rod Stewart has been granted planning permission to build an artificial football pitch in the grounds of his £5m mansion in Sheering, near Harlow. The singer was granted planning permission to construct the five-a-side facility at Durrington House,

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Chiswick’s proposed 32-storey Curve Building causes outrage with local residents

Local residents’ groups and councillors have started to organise what one of them has described as a ‘life and death’ struggle against the Chiswick Curve, the 32 storey tower planned at Chiswick Roundabout.

View from Gunnersbury Station

A public meeting is planned as well as a petition and even a protest march against the building which would tower over the skyline in W4,

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£35million Liverpool regeneration given the go ahead

The proposed £35m regeneration of a key part of Liverpool city centre has taken a major step forward after the High Court rejected efforts to overturn planning consent.

The redevelopment of Lime Street involves a mix of commercial, retail and leisure uses with hotel and student accommodation. It is intended that this will be followed by an entertainment and media hub in the former ABC Cinema,

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Four new skyscrapers to transform Manchester skyline

Plans have been unveiled to build four new residential skyscrapers in Manchester city centre, one of which will take the crown as the city’s tallest building.

CQ Investments, part of the Renaker Build group of companies, is set to submit a major planning application for the Owen Street site to Manchester City Council.

The ambitious scheme for the 3.7-acre site in the Great Jackson Street area would include more than 1,400 one-,

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Vision for Thorpe Park Leeds cinema unveiled following planning consent

After securing planning permission from Leeds City Council for a multi-screen cinema at Thorpe Park Leeds, Scarborough Group International has released new images of what it could look like when delivered next year.

The proposed cinema venue of up to 50,000 sq. ft will be part of a new 300,000 sq. ft shopping and leisure complex at the 200 acre east Leeds business park.

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David Cameron to boost affordable housing with 13,000 new homes

The government will announce a scheme to build affordable homes by directly commissioning small and medium firms to build on public land. This is expected to facilitate the building of 13,000 homes on four sites outside London and thousands more inside the capital.

Prime Minister David Cameron will call the new scheme the “largest such intervention since Margaret Thatcher’s redevelopment of London’s Docklands,”

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Red and white striped house owner is ordered to repaint Kensington home by court

The red and white stripes on the front of a multi-million pound townhouse in central London will have to be painted over after its owner lost her court battle to save them.

Hammersmith Magistrates Court told Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring was told she must repaint the front of her £15m house in Kensington after losing an appeal against Kensington &

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Skills shortage slows housebuilding in the UK

The number of homes with planning permission that have yet to be built has hit a record level in England, highlighting the barriers to development despite a government drive to increase housebuilding.
Some 475,647 homes approved by local councils are not yet constructed, according to a study commissioned by the Local Government Association — 25 per cent more than three years ago.

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Number of unbuilt homes with planning permission hits record levels, LGA says

Nearly half a million homes are yet to be built despite having planning permission, 25% higher than five years ago, new research suggests.

More than 475,000 new homes in England and Wales have planning permission but are yet to be built, despite the housing shortage facing Britain.The number of unbuilt homes with planning permission has reached record levels and is 25% higher than five years ago,

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Rick Stein’s new restaurant plans in town where Kate Middleton was educated kicks up stink

Neighbours fear the latest ­addition to his empire could effect their privacy and bring smells, noise and rats to the High Street of Marlborough, Wilts.

Residents are kicking up a stink over TV chef Rick Stein’s plans to open a new restaurant in the town where the Duchess of Cambridge was educated.

Council planners have received letters from neighbours claiming the latest addition to the Stein restaurant empire will cause pongs in the High Street of Marlborough,

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Cuts in council planning departments results in delays with planning decisions being made

The biggest housebuilders in the UK have enough land to build more than 615,000 new homes, according to a report.

As new figures showed the average house price was nearly £200,000, the Guardian revealed that the nine housebuilders in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 financial indexes had a total of 615,152 housing plots in their landbanks,

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Residents protest about huge billboards at Lidl supermarket

CONCERNS over antisocial behaviour have been raised over plans to keep a billboard at one of North Lincolnshire’s Lidl stores.


The retailer is applying for retrospective advertising consent to retain one of the large signs situated within the car park at Barton.

There are currently two signs on the site and Lidl proposes to remove the right hand sign and leave the left hand sign in place.

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Sherlock Holmes house: High Court challenge fails


Conan Doyle wrote The Return of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles at Undershaw

A High Court challenge against a plan to redevelop the former Surrey home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has failed.
Work is already under way on converting Undershaw, at Hindhead, into new premises for the nearby Stepping Stones school for children with disabilities.The Undershaw Preservation Trust challenged a decision made by Waverley Borough Council to give the go-ahead.The case against the local planning authority was rejected by Mr Justice Foskett sitting in London on Wednesday.The Grade II-listed building,

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WW2 Bunker in Clapham set to open to public for tours

History buffs will soon be able to explore a World War II bunker in Clapham after Transport for London secured planning permission to open it to the public for regular tours.
TfL will bring the Grade II bunker back to life by offering pre-booked tours and transforming the historic rotunda at the surface into a café or restaurant.
Built between 1940 and 1942,

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Planning permission granted for Peninsula London development

Westminster City Council’s planning committee has granted planning consent for the new 190-room The Peninsula London, which will be situated on Hyde Park Corner in Belgravia.

The hotel will occupy a position currently occupied by 1950s and 1960s offices.

The Peninsula London aims to bring a new level of distinction to London’s luxury hospitality scene and will cater for both hotel guests and local customers.

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Clark proposes planning application processing by ‘alternative providers’

Planning applications could be processed by ‘alternative providers’ rather than local planning authorities, under a government amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill.

Parliament: Housing and Planning to bill to reach report stage on January 5

The latest publication of proposed amendments to the bill show that communities secretary Greg Clark is proposing a new clause to allow the “processing of planning applications by alternative providers”.

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Superdry backs down over The Moderne sign fiasco in Cork


Superdry restored the distinctive sign over its premises on St Patrick’s St following the intervention of planning officials and a formal complaint from a member of the public.

The company declined to comment yesterday on the work which was completed in recent days.The move was welcomed last night by City Hall, and by Tony McGrath, the man who first complained.The fashion chain was the subject of a complaint after the distinctive façade of the Moderne store was painted over and replaced with a neon Superdry sign.

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Hammersmith & Fulham Council Rejects Planning Application to Redevelop Fulham Town Hall

American group wanted to demolish Grade II listed building behind original facade.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council has refused a planning application to redevelop Fulham Town Hall by its American owners, Dory Ventures.

The extensive application proposed demolishing the Grade 11 listed building behind its original facade, and adding a new five storey building. It also proposed adding a four storey extension to the adjoining concert hall,

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Tottenham granted planning permission for new stadium by Haringey Council

Tottenham have been granted planning permission by Haringey Council for the club’s revised proposal for a new stadium adjacent to their current White Hart Lane home, where they have played since 1899.

Tottenham’s three applications were passed by majority verdicts after councillors debated the £400m development. The club intends to move into the new 61,000-seat stadium for the 2018-19 season,

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Most local authorities swayed by threat of appeals, survey suggests

EXCLUSIVE More than four in five planning committee members say that the financial implications of appeals can influence planning decisions in their local authority areas, according to survey findings seen exclusively by Planning.

Planning Inspectorate: 17% of committee members say decisions never influenced by financial implications of appeals

The findings of communication consultancy PPS Group’s first annual Planning Committee Barometer show that only 17 per cent of planning committee members say that decisions within their local authorities are never influenced by the financial implications of appeals when deciding applications.

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Property developer ordered to pay £700,000 fine for building flats illegally

Developer ordered to tear down block of 34 flats… after building it without planning permission
He must cough up a “record” £700,000 for rent he was paid on the Hoxton flats, a court has ordered

A block of flats in east London worth millions must be torn down, and its “rogue” developer must cough up £700,000,

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Victory for affordable housing as court throws out ‘insane’ government policy

It was sold as a silver bullet to boost house-building – but the ‘vacant building credit’ would have slashed the amount of affordable housing in the UK (and saved developers a fortune). Now, it’s been quashed in a landmark ruling.

The developers of luxury flats at 20 Grosvenor Square, London, saved £9m in contributions to affordable housing under the vacant building credit policy

It was presented as the silver bullet to banish the blight of empty buildings,

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New housing developments less likely to be approved by Councils in South than in North


New housing developments are less likely to be approved by councils in the south of England, where there is an acute shortage of supply, than in the north due to local authorities “dragging their heels”, a report says.

Councils are rejecting plans, particularly in rural areas, in the face of significant population growth, according to the thinktank Demos.

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One Undershaft: Plan for City of London’s tallest tower unveiled

Plans for the City of London’s tallest tower, One Undershaft, have been unveiled


The tower could be the “second highest in Europe”, architects said

Just a fraction shorter than the Shard, the 73-storey tower could be the second highest column in the capital.
At 309.6m, the skyscraper will be 80m taller than the nearby Cheesegrater,

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