High Court rejects government's bid to delay air quality plan

High Court rejects government's bid to delay air quality plan

The High Court has rejected the government's legal bid to delay publication of its draft air quality plan until the end of June and ordered it to publish the document immediately after next month's local elections.

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Westminster planners overruled over failure to consider 'mega-basement' policy

Westminster planners overruled over failure to consider 'mega-basement' policy

A business tycoon has won a High Court block on his neighbours' plans for a three-storey 'mega-basement' project in the heart of Mayfair after a judge ruled that planners has failed to apply a new council policy restricting such developments.

Judge halts legal challenge against Berkhamsted multi-storey car park approval

Judge halts legal challenge against Berkhamsted multi-storey car park approval

A High Court bid to stop a 'monolithic' multi-storey car park being built in the centre of Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire has failed.

Parish mulls council shift over lack of five-year housing land supply

Parish mulls council shift over lack of five-year housing land supply

Reports that a parish council opposed to a 144-home housing development wants to 'break free' from its district council and 'defect' to another council with a five-year housing land supply features in today's newspaper round-up.

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.


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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