Government to invite bids to host one of five large garden towns next year

Government to invite bids to host one of five large garden towns next year

Work on the five new development corporation-led garden towns promised in the Budget will kick off next year with publication of a prospectus inviting expressions of interest from areas keen to host them, according to a Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) spokesperson.

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Why garden town prospects are looking rosier

Why garden town prospects are looking rosier

The laying of regulations enabling locally-led development corporations that could capture lan value uplift, plus a Budget boost to the finances of the government's Homes and Communities Agency, mark a significant step forward for the garden town programme, say experts.

Go-ahead for scheme that co-locates 1,386 homes with commercial uses on industrial site

Go-ahead for scheme that co-locates 1,386 homes with commercial uses on industrial site

Plans have been approved for a high-density, 1,386-home scheme with 22,663 square metres of industrial floorspace on a site in north London currently allocated as a strategic industrial location.

Plan approved for Oxford green belt park and ride scheme extension

Plan approved for Oxford green belt park and ride scheme extension

Plans have been approved for the extension of a park and ride facility on the western edge of Oxford into the city's green belt.

Tory MP calls for s106 exemptions for developments of under 100 units

Tory MP calls for s106 exemptions for developments of under 100 units

Residential developments of under 100 units should be exempt from section 106 obligations and instead pay a higher rate of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), a report by a Conservative MP has recommended.


Why the list of prospective large nuclear sites is unlikely to change

Why the list of prospective large nuclear sites is unlikely to change

A proposed update to the national policy statement for large nuclear power stations does not suggest the addition of new sites.

Plans approved for 447-home Harlow town centre regeneration and research park

Plans approved for 447-home Harlow town centre regeneration and research park

Plans have been approved for a mixed-use town centre redevelopment in Harlow in Essex with up to 447 homes, alongside a new research facilities on a 18.5-hectare industrial park in the town.

New secretary of state and county council plan-making powers to come into effect in January

New secretary of state and county council plan-making powers to come into effect in January

Regulations to give the secretary of state power to direct neighbouring councils to create a joint development plan and to allow county councils to create a strategic plan in areas where "districts are failing to cooperate effectively" have been laid before Parliament.

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How we did it: Completing an early review of a local plan

How we did it: Completing an early review of a local plan

An authority in Suffolk has managed to carry out a swift review of its local plan, David Dewar reports.

Whitehall not yet ready to wind down, by Richard Garlick

Whitehall not yet ready to wind down, by Richard Garlick

Activity in most planning offices around the country will presumably be beginning to taper down to the Christmas break. But the evidence suggests that the midnight oil continues to burn in Whitehall, as civil servants rush to meet commitments made by their political masters to progress certain policies before the turn of the year.

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Planners need to start preparing now for the future impacts of autonomous vehicles, Matthew White suggests.

The case for 'upsprawling', by Chris Brown

The case for 'upsprawling', by Chris Brown

It was both amusing and frustrating listening to James Murray, deputy mayor for Housing in London, and Grant Shapps, former housing minister, debating the new London Plan.

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