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The Planning Law Survey 2017: Pinsent Masons is the most admired law firm

The Planning Law Survey 2017: Pinsent Masons is the most admired law firm

Law firm Pinsent Masons has topped Planning's ranking of the most respected planning law firms for the fourth year running.

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'Permission in principle' for newly allocated housing sites to come into force next month

'Permission in principle' for newly allocated housing sites to come into force next month

The Housing and Planning Act's 'permission in principle' for sites allocated for housing will come into force on April 15, according to a statutory instrument published by the government yesterday.

New Welsh household projections show lower rate of growth

New Welsh household projections show lower rate of growth

New Welsh government household projections show a lower rate of growth compared to previous figures.

Why a clarification on small sites policy could embolden town halls

Why a clarification on small sites policy could embolden town halls

More local planning authorities are likely to seek to levy affordable housing contributions on small sites following an attempt by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to clarify the issue, according to experts.

What new duties will mean for neighbourhood plan examinations

What new duties will mean for neighbourhood plan examinations

A set of new duties for neighbourhood plan examiners was announced by the government last week, in an attempt to improve dialogue between participants during examinations. But experts have warned that they could add to the cost and length of the process.


The Planning Law Survey: The top law firms and solicitors

The Planning Law Survey: The top law firms and solicitors

Our survey reveals which planning law firms and individual solicitors are most highly rated by their clients, the legal outfits with the most planning specialists and key moves in the sector. Bryan Johnston and John Geoghegan report.

Planning Law Survey: Barristers - Best of the bar

Planning Law Survey: Barristers - Best of the bar

Planning's exclusive survey reveals which barristers are most admired by solicitors and planning and development professionals. Mark Wilding looks at who is topping the tables this year and why.

The Planning Law Survey 2017: Two decades of excellence

The Planning Law Survey 2017: Two decades of excellence

With the Planning Law Survey now 20 years old, Bryan Johnston looks at law firms and barristers that have sustained a high position in the rankings.

Councils may struggle to deliver extra capacity in return for fee rise, by Jamie Carpenter

Councils may struggle to deliver extra capacity in return for fee rise, by Jamie Carpenter

When Gavin Barwell addressed the communities and local government select committee at the end of last month, he told its members that, on becoming planning minister last July, a "whole array of people were brought in to talk to me".

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Policy summary: Changes to school permitted development rights

Policy summary: Changes to school permitted development rights

Policy: Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2017.

The planning system is blind to the future, by Chris Brown

The planning system is blind to the future, by Chris Brown

A fundamental flaw in the planning system is its almost complete inability to see into the future.

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