Government announces £22.8m tranche of neighbourhood planning cash

Government announces £22.8m tranche of neighbourhood planning cash

The government has confirmed a fresh tranche of funding to support the development of neighbourhood plans across England.

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How does the government's new housing need method differ from the LPEG's version?

How does the government's new housing need method differ from the LPEG's version?

When the government-commissioned Local Plans Expert Group (LPEG) announced its new simplified methodology for calculating objectively-assessed housing need last year, chair John Rhodes said its impact could be 'seismic'.

Javid withdraws holding directions on 650 Suffolk homes

Javid withdraws holding directions on 650 Suffolk homes

The communities secretary Sajid Javid has withdrawn holding directions which prevented the implementation of a series of planning permissions for more than 650 homes in Suffolk.

Indigo opens Birmingham office

Indigo opens Birmingham office

Consultancy Indigo has opened a new office in Birmingham.

Data blog: How new special measures designation category could pose problems for PINS

Data blog: How new special measures designation category could pose problems for PINS

Latest planning statistics suggest that, if the government goes through with its threat to penalise authorities for taking too long to decide minor applications, many more applicants could have the option of sending their applications straight to the Planning Inspectorate.


Housing need consultation: 9 things you need to know

Housing need consultation: 9 things you need to know

Nine things you need to know about this week's consultation on housing need, including an 'ambition' to publish a revised National Planning Policy Framework by Spring 2018, proposals to strengthen cross-boundary planning, changes intended to streamline viability assessments and plans to make section 106 agreements more transparent.

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Housing need consultation will be a test of the government's mettle, by Jamie Carpenter

Housing need consultation will be a test of the government's mettle, by Jamie Carpenter

Six years ago, the publication of the draft version of the National Planning Policy Framework for consultation unleashed a storm of protest.

How councils are using proceeds of crime legislation to tackle planning breaches

How councils are using proceeds of crime legislation to tackle planning breaches

What lessons can be drawn from how the Proceeds of Crime Act has been used to prosecute planning breaches, Mark Wilding asks.

How low-cost planning might look, by Catriona Riddell

How low-cost planning might look, by Catriona Riddell

It is universally acknowledged that the challenges facing planning departments up and down the country are vast.

How the fee rise delay has affected local planning teams

How the fee rise delay has affected local planning teams

A delay to the introduction of provisions to enable town halls to raise planning fees by 20 per cent has meant that planning chiefs have pressed the pause button on plans to recruit new staff and projects to improve performance.

Why there are fresh questions over the third runway at Heathrow

Why there are fresh questions over the third runway at Heathrow

A delay to the timetable for MPs to vote on the policy statement that will guide the planning decision on Heathrow's expansion and reports that the Labour Party may withdraw its support for the project have raised questions over the future of the scheme.

2017 Consultancy Survey opens for entries

2017 Consultancy Survey opens for entries

Planning's 2017 Consultancy Survey is now open for entries from all consultancy firms with a UK base, with a response deadline of 8pm on Friday 29 September 2017.

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