Data blog: How new special measures designation category could pose problems for PINS

Data blog: How new special measures designation category could pose problems for PINS

Latest planning statistics suggest that, if the government goes through with its threat to penalise authorities for taking too long to decide minor applications, many more applicants could have the option of sending their applications straight to the Planning Inspectorate.

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Plans submitted for first phase of Wolverhampton city centre mixed-use scheme

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Housing need consultation: 9 things you need to know

Housing need consultation: 9 things you need to know

Nine things you need to know about this week's consultation on housing need, including an 'ambition' to publish a revised National Planning Policy Framework by Spring 2018, proposals to strengthen cross-boundary planning, changes intended to streamline viability assessments and plans to make section 106 agreements more transparent.

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Housing need consultation will be a test of the government's mettle, by Jamie Carpenter

Housing need consultation will be a test of the government's mettle, by Jamie Carpenter

Six years ago, the publication of the draft version of the National Planning Policy Framework for consultation unleashed a storm of protest.

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How councils are using proceeds of crime legislation to tackle planning breaches

What lessons can be drawn from how the Proceeds of Crime Act has been used to prosecute planning breaches, Mark Wilding asks.

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How low-cost planning might look, by Catriona Riddell

It is universally acknowledged that the challenges facing planning departments up and down the country are vast.

How the fee rise delay has affected local planning teams

How the fee rise delay has affected local planning teams

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Why there are fresh questions over the third runway at Heathrow

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2017 Consultancy Survey opens for entries

2017 Consultancy Survey opens for entries

Planning's 2017 Consultancy Survey is now open for entries from all consultancy firms with a UK base, with a response deadline of 8pm on Friday 29 September 2017.

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