Javid approves Essex plan two years after predecessor's intervention

Javid approves Essex plan two years after predecessor's intervention

An Essex local plan previously found unsound by a planning inspector over its failure to plan for the needs of travellers has been approved by the communities secretary Sajid Javid following an almost unprecedented intervention by his predecessor in 2015.

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Judge rules that Somerset council acted unfairly over section 106 agreement

Judge rules that Somerset council acted unfairly over section 106 agreement

A High Court judge has ruled that a Somerset council acted unfairly in its handling of a section 106 agreement.

Go-ahead for 337-home Walthamstow scheme

Go-ahead for 337-home Walthamstow scheme

Plans have been approved for 337 homes as part of a new mixed-use neighbourhood on a former industrial site close to Blackhorse Lane tube station in north-east London.

Wales minister calls for action on mobile mast controls

Wales minister calls for action on mobile mast controls

The Welsh Government has been urged to bring forward 'long overdue' planning reforms to support mobile communications infrastructure in rural Wales.

Councils 'in impossible position over whether to restrict fast food outlets'

Councils 'in impossible position over whether to restrict fast food outlets'

A claim that council's are in an 'impossible position' over whether to use planning powers to restrict the spread of fast food outlets features in today's newspaper round-up.


Are efforts to improve the Planning Inspectorate's casework performance paying off?

Are efforts to improve the Planning Inspectorate's casework performance paying off?

Figures contained in the Planning Inspectorate's latest annual report show that the body has reduced the time taken to decide smaller appeals in the past year. But its performance on larger, more complex appeals has slipped again, prompting observers to question whether the inspectorate has enough experienced inspectors to handle the work.

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The implications of the High Court's duty to cooperate verdict

The implications of the High Court's duty to cooperate verdict

The High Court's decision to throw out a Hertfordshire authority's legal bid to overturn an inspector's verdict that it did not meet the duty to cooperate in drawing up its draft plan underlines the seriousness with which local planning authorities need to treat the legal test, experts have said.

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Three ways in which the Olympic legacy vision has changed over the past 15 years

Three ways in which the Olympic legacy vision has changed over the past 15 years

Plans for the post-games Olympic Park have altered considerably since the first legacy blueprint was published, says Mark Wilding - and they are likely to change again.

How we did it: How we met new pre-application consultation rules

How we did it: How we met new pre-application consultation rules

A Swansea regeneration project was one of the first large schemes that had to abide by new Welsh government consultation requirements, John Geoghegan reports.

Policy Briefing: What impact do overseas investors have on housing supply?

Policy Briefing: What impact do overseas investors have on housing supply?

The pros and cons foreign investment in housing are examined by Matthew White.

Keep calm and carry on plan-making, by Catriona Riddell

Keep calm and carry on plan-making, by Catriona Riddell

It is going to be a very busy summer for local authorities as the government moves forward with implementing the Housing White Paper.

Legal Viewpoint: Court clarifies sustainable development presumption

Legal Viewpoint: Court clarifies sustainable development presumption

The Court of Appeal has rejected a generalised presumption in favour of sustainable development (PIFSD) in its ruling on an inspector's decision to approve Barwood Strategic Land's plans for up to 150 new homes in Staffordshire.

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