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Inspector flags duty to cooperate and housing concerns over St Albans local plan

Inspector flags duty to cooperate and housing concerns over St Albans local plan

A planning inspector has flagged concerns that a Hertfordshire council's draft local plan does not meet the duty to cooperate, does not fully justify its housing targets, and provides 'insufficient clarity' on infrastructure provision.

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Figures show slight increase in housebuilding starts

Figures show slight increase in housebuilding starts

Housebuilding starts in England in the second quarter of 2016 were slightly up on the previous quarter, according to official figures released today by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Farm diversification 'justifies green belt solar farm'

Farm diversification 'justifies green belt solar farm'

Plans have been approved for a solar farm on green belt land in the East Midlands after planners concluded the development could be justified in the green belt by the economic diversification and ecological enhancements it would provide.

Plans approved for 400-home Doncaster urban extension

Plans approved for 400-home Doncaster urban extension

Plans have been approved for a 400-home scheme on agricultural land in South Yorkshire following a positive recommendation from planners who found that the scheme would 'form a sustainable urban extension' in line with local planning policy.

Inspector backs Somerset solar farm

Inspector backs Somerset solar farm

Plans for a solar farm on a 5.4-hectare site in the West Country have been approved on appeal after a planning inspector ruled they would not have a significant impact on the landscape.


What referendum results reveal about support for neighbourhood planning

What referendum results reveal about support for neighbourhood planning

EXCLUSIVE: Data from the first 200 neighbourhood planning referendums shows that several factors are likely to influence resident turnout.

Map: neighbourhood plan referendum results

Map: neighbourhood plan referendum results

Use our new interactive map to find comprehensive details of the results of more than 200 neighbourhood plan referendums that have taken place across England since 2013.

How Javid's first housing decisions shed light on future approach

How Javid's first housing decisions shed light on future approach

Experts say that Sajid Javid's first decisions on housing appeals as communities secretary indicate that he is likely to take a 'business as usual' approach to decision-making.

Five reasons why the new business and energy department is important for planners

Five reasons why the new business and energy department is important for planners

Prime Minister Theresa May has merged two government departments into the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Kevin Gibbs explores the implications for planners.

Why Greater Manchester's mayor may lack planning clout of London counterpart

Why Greater Manchester's mayor may lack planning clout of London counterpart

Labour front-bencher Andy Burnham has won the race to be his party's candidate for Greater Manchester's first elected mayor, but it is not immediately clear whether Burnham, or whoever wins the contest, will grab hold of game-changing planning levers.

EU funding recipients must make strong cases to retain post-Brexit support, by Jamie Carpenter

EU funding recipients must make strong cases to retain post-Brexit support, by Jamie Carpenter

For decades, the UK's poorest regions have benefited from billions of pounds of funding from the European Union (EU). The sums are vast.

Norway's local approach could help the UK to prosper, by Cliff Hague

Norway's local approach could help the UK to prosper, by Cliff Hague

The train glides past golden corn fields. The horizon is framed by densely forested hills beyond the still blue lake. Now there are neat wooden houses, painted white, or grey, pastel blue or brick red as we approach another small Norwegian town.

We need a green belt fit for the future, by Merrick Denton-Thompson

We need a green belt fit for the future, by Merrick Denton-Thompson

Only a small proportion of the UK's green belt has been lost to development. However, the public think otherwise. As a consequence, our politicians respond by continually pledging undying loyalty to the green belt in order to shore up their green credentials.

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