Housing demands 'have de-prioritised climate change in planning system'

Housing demands 'have de-prioritised climate change in planning system'

Climate change has been 'de-prioritised' in the planning system, partly due to pressure to boost the delivery of new homes, the government's advisory body on climate change has said.

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North London borough refuses 1,350-home scheme

North London borough refuses 1,350-home scheme

Plans for up to 1,350 homes on a site in north London have been refused by the local authority, against a recommendation for approval from planners.

Publication of draft National Infrastructure Assessment set to slip, official says

Publication of draft National Infrastructure Assessment set to slip, official says

The publication of a draft version of the first National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) is likely to slip to the autumn, a senior official at the government's infrastructure advisory body has said.

Northumberland plan set for withdrawal after change in council control

Northumberland plan set for withdrawal after change in council control

Northumberland County Council's new minority Conservative leadership is set to withdraw the authority's local plan from examination in order to 'review the need to build on acres of green belt land'.

Merseyside council backs masterplan for 1,600-home garden village

Merseyside council backs masterplan for 1,600-home garden village

A Merseyside council has voted to adopt a masterplan to guide the delivery of a 1,600-home garden village, alongside a supplementary planning document (SPD) for a 23 hectare mixed-use development.


The key planning issues raised by the Grenfell Tower blaze

The key planning issues raised by the Grenfell Tower blaze

While responsibility for fire safety does not lie with the planning system, planning committee members are nevertheless seeking extra assurances from applicants that tall building proposals are safe following last week's horrific blaze at the Grenfell Tower in west London.

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What the new minister's record reveals about his view of planning

What the new minister's record reveals about his view of planning

Alok Sharma may be a largely unknown quantity in planning circles, but some clues can be gleaned from his past record as to how he will approach the role of housing and planning minister.

The planning priorities set out in an unusual Queen's Speech, by Richard Garlick

The planning priorities set out in an unusual Queen's Speech, by Richard Garlick

With the future of the new government looking so uncertain, it was hard to take this week's Queen's Speech as seriously as usual.

How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

Volunteers in Kent have helped prepare a local list protecting heritage assets for their district council, reports David Dewar

Regeneration with safety designed in, by Graeme Bell

Regeneration with safety designed in, by Graeme Bell

The worst of a few has brought out the best in many. As stories of bravery and self-sacrifice in the teeth of the terrorist attacks in London emerge, so the tribute candles flicker, flowers wilt, all are cleared and life goes on. As, of course, it must.

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