Trudi Elliott stands down as RTPI chief executive

Trudi Elliott stands down as RTPI chief executive

The Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) chief executive Trudi Elliott has announced that she is to step down from the post.

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Go-ahead for 337-home Walthamstow scheme

Go-ahead for 337-home Walthamstow scheme

Plans have been approved for 337 homes as part of a new mixed-use neighbourhood on a former industrial site close to Blackhorse Lane tube station in north-east London.

Government to review planning rules to boost emerging energy storage industry

Government to review planning rules to boost emerging energy storage industry

The government is to review the planning system to look at whether it could be simplified to allow the development of local energy storage facilities, according to a plan to transform how homes and businesses store and use energy.

Transport minister hits out at 'crass' planners

Transport minister hits out at 'crass' planners

Transport minister John Hayes has hit out at 'callous architects, crass planners and careless politicians' and said he is looking the processes by which design judgments and decisions are made 'as well as the principles which inform those decisions'.

The cash for homes policy that never was, by Shane Brownie

The cash for homes policy that never was, by Shane Brownie

Back in 2014, when Alex Morton was leading on housing policy in Downing Street, the former coalition government announced plans for a £3.5 million project to pilot 'development benefits' - financial payments to households with the aim of reducing opposition to new homes.


Are efforts to improve the Planning Inspectorate's casework performance paying off?

Are efforts to improve the Planning Inspectorate's casework performance paying off?

Figures contained in the Planning Inspectorate's latest annual report show that the body has reduced the time taken to decide smaller appeals in the past year. But its performance on larger, more complex appeals has slipped again, prompting observers to question whether the inspectorate has enough experienced inspectors to handle the work.

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The implications of the High Court's duty to cooperate verdict

The implications of the High Court's duty to cooperate verdict

The High Court's decision to throw out a Hertfordshire authority's legal bid to overturn an inspector's verdict that it did not meet the duty to cooperate in drawing up its draft plan underlines the seriousness with which local planning authorities need to treat the legal test, experts have said.

Three ways in which the Olympic legacy vision has changed over the past 15 years

Three ways in which the Olympic legacy vision has changed over the past 15 years

Plans for the post-games Olympic Park have altered considerably since the first legacy blueprint was published, says Mark Wilding - and they are likely to change again.

How we did it: How we met new pre-application consultation rules

How we did it: How we met new pre-application consultation rules

A Swansea regeneration project was one of the first large schemes that had to abide by new Welsh government consultation requirements, John Geoghegan reports.

Policy Briefing: What impact do overseas investors have on housing supply?

Policy Briefing: What impact do overseas investors have on housing supply?

The pros and cons of re are benefits to foreign investment in housing are examined by despite its negative connotations, says Matthew White.

Keep calm and carry on plan-making, by Catriona Riddell

Keep calm and carry on plan-making, by Catriona Riddell

It is going to be a very busy summer for local authorities as the government moves forward with implementing the Housing White Paper.

Legal Viewpoint: Court clarifies sustainable development presumption

Legal Viewpoint: Court clarifies sustainable development presumption

The Court of Appeal has rejected a generalised presumption in favour of sustainable development (PIFSD) in its ruling on an inspector's decision to approve Barwood Strategic Land's plans for up to 150 new homes in Staffordshire.

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