Southwark Council outlines plans to circumvent 'unjust' vacant building credit

Southwark Council outlines plans to circumvent 'unjust' vacant building credit

The London Borough of Southwark is planning to introduce measures to prevent the loss of developer contributions for affordable homes through the government's controversial Vacant Building Credit (VBC) policy.

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Future of office-to-resi permitted development rights is uncertain, says MP

The parliamentary private secretary to communities secretary Eric Pickles has said that it is not yet certain whether office-to-residential permitted development rights will be continued after 2016 or scrapped.

Long-running Cinderford supermarket dispute returns to High Court

Long-running Cinderford supermarket dispute returns to High Court

A long-running dispute over contested plans for a new Asda supermarket at Cinderford in Gloucestershire has returned to London's High Court for a third time.

Judge dismisses energy firm's legal challenge against Norfolk wind turbines refusal

Judge dismisses energy firm's legal challenge against Norfolk wind turbines refusal

An energy company denied planning permission for two wind turbines at a Norfolk farm because of danger to low flying aircraft has failed in a High Court challenge against the decision.

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Six sites shortlisted for UK 'spaceport'

Six sites including Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Newquay Cornwall Airport have been shortlisted as potential locations for a UK 'spaceport'.


Disappearing Act: how new rules are affecting the delivery of affordable homes

Disappearing Act: how new rules are affecting the delivery of affordable homes

New government policy preventing the collection of affordable housing contributions on small housing projects will put many councils in a quandary, writes Jonathan Tilley.

In private, ministers are unhappy with the pace of local plan delivery, by Jamie Carpenter

In private, ministers are unhappy with the pace of local plan delivery, by Jamie Carpenter

Ministers often cite the increasing proportion of local planning authorities with adopted plans as evidence that their planning reforms are delivering on the ground.

A Conservative approach to planning

A Conservative approach to planning

In a new monthly column, Stephen Byfield of communications consultancy PPS Group, will cast an eye on the planning policies of the main political parties in the build-up to the general election. This week he shines a light on the Conservative Party.

Strategic planning must not just be for core cities, by David Marlow

Strategic planning must not just be for core cities, by David Marlow

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Policy Summary - Additional measures proposed for speeding up brownfield home delivery

Policy Summary - Additional measures proposed for speeding up brownfield home delivery

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Ahead of the second annual Placemaking Awards ceremony in London next month, we reveal the schemes that have been selected for the shortlist.

How a Devon council is pioneering a hybrid approach to fund infrastructure

How a Devon council is pioneering a hybrid approach to fund infrastructure

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Why a new mayoral development corporation could help resolve a dispute over rival development plans

Why a new mayoral development corporation could help resolve a dispute over rival development plans

A new mayoral development corporation for a key brownfield site in west London is likely to use negotiation rather than compulsory purchase powers to resolve a bitter dispute over rival regeneration proposals.

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