Inspector 'entitled' to reach his own conclusion on noise impacts, judge rules

Inspector 'entitled' to reach his own conclusion on noise impacts, judge rules

A High Court judge has backed a planning inspector's decision to refuse an appeal against an Essex council's refusal of a new car park over noise concerns, ruling that the inspector was entitled to use his own judgement in the case and come to a decision contrary to expert opinions.

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Westminster Labour group promises to axe council's tall building proposals

Westminster Labour group promises to axe council's tall building proposals

Westminster City Council's Labour group has said it will 'scrap' the authority's draft tall building policy if it takes overall control of the council following May's local elections.

Mayor withdraws £20m of funding from Millwall regeneration scheme

Mayor withdraws £20m of funding from Millwall regeneration scheme

A controversial 2,400-home redevelopment scheme around the Millwall FC stadium in south London has lost out on £20 million of Greater London Authority (GLA) funding.

Tories 'face loss of London council strongholds'

Tories 'face loss of London council strongholds'

Reports that the Tory London strongholds of Barnet, Wandsworth and Westminster could shift to Labour control in May's local elections feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Government pledges 'more formal line' on air quality after fresh court setback

Government pledges 'more formal line' on air quality after fresh court setback

The government has pledged to take a 'more formal line' with its plans to cut illegally high levels of air pollution after a judge today ruled that its current proposals were 'unlawful'.


Why ambitious councils need not fear the standard housing need assessment

Why ambitious councils need not fear the standard housing need assessment

Last month, an inspector told Burnley Borough Council to cut its planned housing provision. According to some commentators, many other northern councils will soon be receiving similar advice, if the government's proposed new standard method of assessing housing need is introduced as planned. But others say that, given the right evidence, councils will still be able to set ambitious housing goals.

Policy briefing: How will upgraded standard on natural light affect planning?

Policy briefing: How will upgraded standard on natural light affect planning?

Planners will need a thorough understanding of tighter requirements in a new European standard, says Gregory Francis.

Legal Viewpoint: Relief for neighbourhood plans may be temporary

Legal Viewpoint: Relief for neighbourhood plans may be temporary

Last month, the judgment on the High Court challenge to the government's written ministerial statement on neighbourhood planning was handed down.

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Planning is in need of a morale boost, by Graeme Bell

Planning is in need of a morale boost, by Graeme Bell

So the local authority financial settlement for 2018/19 is announced. And unsurprisingly councils continue to be coshed.

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European environmental rules are less of a problem than Johnson suggests, by Richard Garlick

European environmental rules are less of a problem than Johnson suggests, by Richard Garlick

This week, in his much-trailed speech about Brexit, foreign secretary Boris Johnson highlighted planning as an example of a regulatory area that could be improved following the UK's departure from the European Union.

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