Planning fees are increasing!

The Statutory Instrument with respect to an increase in planning fees was made on 20th December 2017 and comes into force on 17th January 2018. Planning fees are to increase by 20%. The Statutory Instrument has also introduced a fee for the submission of a Permission in Principle application. The Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) (Amendment) Order 2017 was made on 19th December 2017 and comes into force on the 1st June 2018. This introduces secondary legislation that allows landowners and developers to apply for a Permission in Principle, or Pip, rather than the only current mechanism for this being through Local Planning Authorities granting the Pip under Part 2 of the brownfield land register.

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RCA's 38 Days of the Housing White Paper; Day 1...

Everyday for the next 38 days we will be providing a link to our responses to the Government's Housing White Paper; here is our reply to Question 1... 

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‘Enabling Development’ – What is it?!

Recently I have been dealing with more cases for 'Enabling Development', either where it has been enforced by a Local Planning Authority to try and restrict development on a site, or adopted by an applicant who is seeking to increase development on a site. In either case, there has been an apparent lack of continuity and understanding in the way this planning tool is implemented. Having delved into this topic in quite some detail, it has only become more apparent to me why this is the case...

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RCA Regeneration Launch New Mobile App to Make Development Site Recording Quick and Easy

Have you been on the lookout for an easier, more convenient way to record development site details?  With our new RCA Mobile App you can do just that.  Our intuitive mobile application allows you to record site details whilst on location with an easy to complete form, location and photo upload.

Using the RCA App you can upload, save and edit details about a proposed development site and even submit them to us for some initial advice.  Sending us the details, saving them for later editing or sending the details to an alternative email of your choice can save you time pulling information together when you’re back at home or in the office.

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Highways Agency (HA) to become Highways England (HE) – Access Restrictions Eased under License, Powers of Direction Abolished

Much excitement and confusion amongst those long suffering Civil Servants at the Highways Agency when the much touted Infrastructure Act finally went through, confirming the end of the Executive Agency concerned with the Strategic Road Network. From now on Highways England is to be an ‘arms length’ organisation which will operate in a similar manner to that other UK ‘not for profit’ monolith; Network Rail.

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RCA helps to keep major residential site on track

RCA Regeneration has been assisting major housebuilder Bellway to keep its scheme at the site of the former Sherwood Colliery in Mansfield Woodhouse firmly on track. Bellway is one of the largest housebuilders in the country with operations spanning the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.

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RCA advises major Birmingham community group

RCA Regeneration has been asked to provide advice to ENTA CIC on possible funding opportunities and property issues in relation to its proposed relocation from St. Chads Circus to Aston Science Park. ENTA (Employment Needs Training Agency) is a voluntary sector, not for profit organisation working across Birmingham to provide learning opportunities, training courses, information, advice and guidance and employment support to help people think about and prepare for paid employment.

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