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London mayor mulls 'industrial land swap' with South East councils

London mayor mulls 'industrial land swap' with South East councils

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is considering an 'industrial land swap' between London and its south-eastern neighbours to free up industrial land for new homes, according to the capital's deputy mayor for planning.

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Minister pledges to address lack of planning department resources

Minister pledges to address lack of planning department resources

The government intends to address the lack of resources in local authority planning departments that slows down development, planning minister Gavin Barwell told a London conference today.

Former mayor claims Shard as greatest achievement in office

Former mayor claims Shard as greatest achievement in office

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone said today that the Shard skyscraper was his greatest achievement in office, saying that his abolition of height and density restrictions in the capital paved the way for the scheme.

Government silence on city plan leaves Birmingham in planning limbo

Government silence on city plan leaves Birmingham in planning limbo

The government's continuing silence over the Birmingham local plan has left the city in planning limbo, a council planning chief told the Planning for Housing conference.

Planning Consultancy Survey 2016: Deadline extended

Planning Consultancy Survey 2016: Deadline extended

The deadline for submissions for the 2016 Planning Consultancy Survey has been extended until Wednesday 5 October.


Why Javid ruled that acquisition order breached residents' rights

Why Javid ruled that acquisition order breached residents' rights

News that the government has blocked an order that would have forced the few remaining residents of a south London housing estate to sell their homes ahead of a regeneration scheme made national newspaper headlines earlier this month.

Oxford overspill plan failure exposes fragility of wider-than-local planning, by Richard Garlick

Oxford overspill plan failure exposes fragility of wider-than-local planning, by Richard Garlick

Reaching agreement across local authority boundaries on strategic planning issues is hard work. Consensus is often elusive.

How district is pushing back on county-wide housing allocations

How district is pushing back on county-wide housing allocations

An Oxfordshire council's decision to break ranks on housing targets has raised questions over the area's efforts to meet the duty to cooperate, experts have warned.

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What would Burnham mayoralty mean for Greater Manchester?

What would Burnham mayoralty mean for Greater Manchester?

Regenerating the outlying towns of Greater Manchester will be a priority for Labour's candidate Andy Burnham if he becomes the conurbation's mayor, the MP said this week.

Karachi offers a lesson for ministers, by Cliff Hague

Karachi offers a lesson for ministers, by Cliff Hague

UK governments have been trying to reduce the planning system's capacity to regulate development for 40 years.

Legal Viewpoint: Council faulted on failure to mention core strategy

Legal Viewpoint: Council faulted on failure to mention core strategy

A recent High Court decision involving a housing appeal in Northamptonshire demonstrates that if you fail to raise a point during appeal proceedings, you cannot expect a court to overturn the decision if the inspector does not consider that point.

Policy Briefing: Bill aims to tackle councils' 'overuse' of planning conditions

Policy Briefing: Bill aims to tackle councils' 'overuse' of planning conditions

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill proposes giving the secretary of state powers to veto planning conditions, Laura Nation reports.

How we did it: Delivering homes to balance the books

How we did it: Delivering homes to balance the books

Harrow's approach to housing delivery aims to make the most of council assets, says David Dewar.

Local Plan Watch: Berkshire plan faces six-month delay

Local Plan Watch: Berkshire plan faces six-month delay

News that a Berkshire council's local plan is facing a six-month delay features in the latest Local Plan Watch update.

10 things you need to know

10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that an inspector has ruled that a Cambridgeshire council's local planning policy should take precedence over reinstated rules exempting small sites from affordable housing obligations.

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