Greenwich urged to launch review into planning department 'problems'

Greenwich urged to launch review into planning department 'problems'

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has been urged by a group of opposition councillors to launch a 'full review' into 'problems' in its planning department, including a long-running applications processing backlog.

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Plans submitted for Vauxhall bus station demolition and redevelopment

Plans submitted for Vauxhall bus station demolition and redevelopment

Plans have been submitted for the demolition and redevelopment of Vauxhall bus station in south London, just 13 years after the existing building was completed.

Plans for 360-home Warrington scheme lodged

Plans for 360-home Warrington scheme lodged

Plans have been submitted for a nine-storey, 360-home mixed-use scheme in Warrington town centre.

Go-ahead for Windsor green belt hotel

Go-ahead for Windsor green belt hotel

A planning application has been approved for a 150-bed hotel on a green belt site at Windsor in Berkshire after planners concluded that the applicant had demonstrated that very special circumstances existed to justify the scheme within the green belt.

May 'to rule out building in green belt'

May 'to rule out building in green belt'

Reports that Prime Minister Theresa May will today 'rule out building on the green belt' to boost housebuilding feature in today's newspaper round-up.


How Sajid Javid has ignored inspectors' advice in Tory seats

How Sajid Javid has ignored inspectors' advice in Tory seats

The vast majority of recent ministerial decisions on housing appeals have been in Tory seats and an appreciable proportion are being refused against inspectors' advice, research indicates.

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Why the government is to look again at guidance around agricultural building conversions

Why the government is to look again at guidance around agricultural building conversions

When do the works required to make a building suitable for a new use become so extensive that the process should be seen as a rebuild rather than a conversion?

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Applicants as well as authorities need to raise their games, by Richard Garlick

Applicants as well as authorities need to raise their games, by Richard Garlick

Discussions about how to speed up the planning process usually seem to default to complaints about local planning authority performance, and what could be done to improve it.

Policy Briefing: How statements of common ground could affect councils and developers

Policy Briefing: How statements of common ground could affect councils and developers

Local authorities' duty to co-operate on issues such as housing need is likely to be transformed into a duty to agree, says Stuart Mills.

Development corporations do work, by Graeme Bell

Development corporations do work, by Graeme Bell

Fifty years ago I started my first job in planning. I left London in the swinging sixties and headed back to my native North East to see if I would enjoy working at a particular coalface, then called town and country planning.

Ten things we learned from the Planning for Housing conference

Ten things we learned from the Planning for Housing conference

The 2017 Planning for Housing conference, organised by Planning, was held in London last week. Here are ten things we learned:

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling underlines need for consistency in decisions

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling underlines need for consistency in decisions

The High Court has handed down a useful aide-memoire on the requirement for consistency in decision-making.

How we did it: Testing the water for a cycling scheme

How we did it: Testing the water for a cycling scheme

New digital engagement techniques proved key to securing public approval for a London borough's cycling scheme, says Mark Wilding.

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