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Plans to be submitted for 'Liverpool's tallest building'

Plans to be submitted for 'Liverpool's tallest building'

Plans are due to be submitted for what its backers claim would be Liverpool's tallest building - a 530 home, 48-storey tower within the buffer zone boundary of the city's World Heritage Site.

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Plans approved for theme park in Yorkshire green belt

Plans approved for theme park in Yorkshire green belt

Plans have been approved for a theme park on a 98.4-hectare former colliery site in South Yorkshire, despite planners recognising that the scheme would constitute 'inappropriate' development in the green belt.

Go-ahead for 226 homes on north London estate

Go-ahead for 226 homes on north London estate

A north London borough has approved plans for 226 homes as part of a mixed-use redevelopment of a 1.44-hectare site within an existing housing estate, after planners concluded that the scheme would deliver both 'affordable and private housing in a sustainable location'.

Cheshire neighbourhood plan area amended to exclude garden village

Cheshire neighbourhood plan area amended to exclude garden village

A Cheshire authority has amended a parish council's proposed neighbourhood plan area to exclude a new garden village.

Last chance to respond to the Planning Law Survey 2017

Last chance to respond to the Planning Law Survey 2017

Today is the deadline for responses to this year's annual Planning Law Survey.


What proposals to replace CIL would mean for applicants and authorities

What proposals to replace CIL would mean for applicants and authorities

A system put forward by a government-commissioned review to replace the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) would see all development face a low-level charge, with no - or very few - exemptions, the removal of the need for an examination process, and a mandatory requirement placed on town halls to adopt the new mechanism.

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Will plans to charge for appeals discourage legitimate challenges?

Will plans to charge for appeals discourage legitimate challenges?

Housing White Paper proposals to introduce a fee of up to £2,000 for making an appeal are unlikely to deter applicants from making legitimate appeals and could provide additional income for the Planning Inspectorate to employ inspectors, observers say.

How a devolution of powers will affect Welsh energy projects

How a devolution of powers will affect Welsh energy projects

Major energy projects in Wales will soon benefit from a simplification of the planning regime following the devolution of powers from Westminster.

Ministers' political priorities for CIL have blunted its effectiveness, by Jamie Carpenter

Ministers' political priorities for CIL have blunted its effectiveness, by Jamie Carpenter

In a book published a couple of years ago, the former Labour home secretary Charles Clarke explored the concept of the 'too difficult box'. The book's chapters examine seemingly intractable issues such as social care funding, pensions and media regulation, which politicians are unable to crack.

How we did it: Moving solar farm to protect grassland

How we did it: Moving solar farm to protect grassland

An energy firm worked with Natural England to protect sensitive Dorset downland by relocating a solar farm. David Dewar reports.

Policy Briefing: What to expect in the wake of Scotland's reform proposals

Policy Briefing: What to expect in the wake of Scotland's reform proposals

The Scottish government's planning reforms package could speed up decisions but carries potential risks, says Alastair Wood.

Look outside the UK for inspiration, by Cliff Hague

Look outside the UK for inspiration, by Cliff Hague

Professor Sir Robert Grieve was the most venerated Scottish planner since 1945.

Legal Viewpoint: Case confirms approach to calculating housing need

Legal Viewpoint: Case confirms approach to calculating housing need

Last month, an inspector reaffirmed that unconstrained objectively assessed need (OAN) applies in the absence of an up-to-date plan.

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