Neighbourhood Planning Bill nears Royal Assent

Neighbourhood Planning Bill nears Royal Assent

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill is awaiting Royal Assent after peers yesterday agreed to MPs' amendments to the legislation.

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Javid drops defence of Aylesbury estate CPO refusal

Javid drops defence of Aylesbury estate CPO refusal

The communities secretary has backed out of a legal battle with a south London borough over his decision to not grant a compulsory purchase order (CPO) which would allow the council to progress work on a major estate regeneration project.

Fresh Bluewater expansion plans approved

Fresh Bluewater expansion plans approved

Plans have been approved for the expansion of the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent after planners concluded that there would be no negative impacts on neighbouring town centres which could not be mitigated.

Bradford strategy faces more delay after snap poll announcement

Bradford strategy faces more delay after snap poll announcement

Moves to take Bradford City Council's local plan core strategy to adoption face further delays following Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election.

July planning fee rise confirmed after error suggests delay

July planning fee rise confirmed after error suggests delay

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has confirmed that a proposed 20 per cent rise in planning fees will go ahead in July, after an error in a departmental publication published last week suggested that it had been delayed until the autumn.


Interview: Planning Inspectorate chief executive Sarah Richards

Interview: Planning Inspectorate chief executive Sarah Richards

Almost one year after taking the job, the Planning Inspectorate's chief executive Sarah Richards speaks exclusively to Jamie Carpenter about the key challenges the organisation faces.

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How the 'Great Repeal Bill' could affect the planning system

How the 'Great Repeal Bill' could affect the planning system

Environmentalists fear that plans to write existing European Union (EU) regulations into UK law could result in a weakening of environmental protections, but experts believe that the government will be too preoccupied with the technicalities of Brexit to attempt significant change.

What the delivery test's sanctions would mean for authorities

What the delivery test's sanctions would mean for authorities

A government test that comes into effect in November is likely to require more than half of English local authorities to demonstrate that they have a housing land supply that is 20 per cent above what is essential to meet need over the next five years, according to research published last week.

How holding direction removal crystallises position on green belt

How holding direction removal crystallises position on green belt

The government's decision to lift a holding direction on a West Yorkshire council's core strategy has helped to crystallise ministers' position on green belt release, but concerns are growing over the delays arising from their intervention in local plan preparation.

Forum: Clarity required on reserved matters application

Forum: Clarity required on reserved matters application

Q I am dealing with a site with a history of outline consents to demolish a farmhouse and outbuildings and construct a new house, annexe and garage...

Planning practice guidance needs re-writing, by Chris Brown

Planning practice guidance needs re-writing, by Chris Brown

There seems to be a dysfunction within planning policy. The government wants more homes built more quickly and it now, according to the the Housing White Paper, understands that the speculative housebuilder business model of unloved standard house types is the main culprit in the slow pace of sales and therefore supply.

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The government goes into the election with unfinished work on its hands, by Richard Garlick

The government goes into the election with unfinished work on its hands, by Richard Garlick

Unless Theresa May has made a political miscalculation to equal her predecessor's promise to hold a referendum on leaving the European Union, we will have a general election on June 8. What does this mean for the planning sector?

City region mayoral elections preview - infrastructure

City region mayoral elections preview - infrastructure

In the second of Planning's previews of next month's English city-region mayoral elections, Bryan Johnston looks at how the main contenders are proposing to upgrade critical infrastructure in their areas.

Sponsored content: What do the key mayoral contenders have in store for planning?

Sponsored content: What do the key mayoral contenders have in store for planning?

In the second of a series of columns exploring the planning priorities of leading candidates in the upcoming city region mayoral elections, Zoe Ensor, a partner at public relations consultancy Newgate Communications, looks at Greater Manchester, Merseyside and the Tees Valley.

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