Council consults on local plan changes following wind farm policy shift

Council consults on local plan changes following wind farm policy shift

A council has voted to consult on modifications to its draft local plan to allow for changes to planning rules related to onshore wind farms announced by the government earlier this year.

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Maidenhead town centre redevelopment approved despite local plan clash

Maidenhead town centre redevelopment approved despite local plan clash

A mixed-use development proposed for a site in the centre of Maidenhead in Berkshire which would include buildings of up to 64 metres in height has been granted outline planning permission despite planners concluding that the scheme would be contrary to the borough's local plan.

Gypsy and traveller group criticises new planning policies

Gypsy and traveller group criticises new planning policies

A charity representing Gypsies and travellers has hit out at new planning policies for traveller sites, claiming they are unlawful and could drive an increase in the number of unauthorised roadside camps.

Council backs changes to retail and leisure park approval

Council backs changes to retail and leisure park approval

Changes to a planning approval for a proposed mixed-use leisure and retail scheme in the East Midlands, including an increase in proposed retail space, have been approved by councillors.

Housebuilding 'drives construction boom'

Housebuilding 'drives construction boom'

Reports that strong housebuilding activity 'helped to cement the longest period of sustained growth' in Britain's construction sector since before the financial crisis feature in today's newspaper round-up.


The key tasks awaiting Steve Quartermain at the Planning Inspectorate

The key tasks awaiting Steve Quartermain at the Planning Inspectorate

The Planning Inspectorate's new interim chief executive, Steve Quartermain, must deal with a backlog of appeals and increase efficiency at the organisation, experts say.

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The implications of allowing Starter Homes on rural exception sites

The implications of allowing Starter Homes on rural exception sites

Allowing discounted Starter Homes for first-time buyers to be built on rural exception sites may boost the delivery of new homes in rural communities, but concerns have been raised over the impact on affordability.

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What the government's spending review means for planners

What the government's spending review means for planners

Planning budgets could be in line for still deeper cuts under the comprehensive spending review, although there may be glimmers of hope in the government's drive to build more homes and infrastructure, writes Matt Ross.

Government steps in on fracking, and Birmingham tries to take step forward, by Peter Bill

Government steps in on fracking, and Birmingham tries to take step forward, by Peter Bill

The communities secretary's threat to determine fracking applications gives councils good excuse to pass the buck, while Birmingham's masterplan for its HS2 station sits in the shadow of its architectural past.

How we did it: Making the move to employee ownership

How we did it: Making the move to employee ownership

A planning consultancy's transfer to majority ownership by its employees is intended to preserve its independent ethos. Jonathan Tilley reports.

CIL Watch: Are CIL charges really unfairly penalising developers of small housing schemes?

CIL Watch: Are CIL charges really unfairly penalising developers of small housing schemes?

The Federation of Small Businesses says that small sites cost more to develop, but planners point out councils leave a substantial 'buffer' when setting infrastructure levy rates to ensure schemes stay viable.

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Impact of High Court affordable housing ruling has been striking, by Richard Garlick

Impact of High Court affordable housing ruling has been striking, by Richard Garlick

Last month the High Court effectively forced the government to delete its recent advice that small housing schemes should not be required to deliver affordable housing.

Five ways that a key High Court ruling has affected local plans, CIL charges, applications and appeals

Five ways that a key High Court ruling has affected local plans, CIL charges, applications and appeals

The practical implications arising from a High Court ruling that last month forced the government to delete part of its national Planning Practice Guidance (PPG), which had exempted small sites from affordable housing contributions.

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Vince Cable to address Planning for Housing conference

Vince Cable to address Planning for Housing conference

The former Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable is among the speakers confirmed for this year's Planning for Housing conference.

Maps: core strategy progress data

Maps: core strategy progress data

Use our new interactive map to view English councils' progress in adopting local plans and view a spreadsheet containing the latest data on local plan coverage from the Planning Inspectorate.

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Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Use our new interactive map to view how many applications for neighbourhood planning powers have been received by English councils and the names of the groups that have submitted them.

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CIL Watch: who's charging what?

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

Want to know whether your local authority has published Community Infrastructure Levy proposals? Our live table includes the latest details of councils' levy plans, including a breakdown of charges by development type.

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