Developer pulls 2,000-home application after planners recommend refusal

Developer pulls 2,000-home application after planners recommend refusal

A developer has withdrawn plans for a 2,000-home mixed-use scheme on a former industrial site in Derbyshire after planners recommended refusal on grounds including lack of affordable housing and concern over an 'excessive' level of retail space.

Kent NSIP theme park clears power plant hurdle

Kent NSIP theme park clears power plant hurdle

A potential sticking point in the development of a theme park in Kent - the first business and commercial project to proceed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) - has been removed after an agreement was reached over the location of an energy from waste plant.

Planner-turned-MP to sit on Parliamentary planning group

Planner-turned-MP to sit on Parliamentary planning group

A former town planner and a former housing minister will sit on a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Housing and Planning, it has been announced.

Consultancy wins local development order contract

Consultancy wins local development order contract

Consultancy Peter Brett Associates has been appointed to produce local development orders (LDOs) for an East Midlands local authority after the council won cash from a government fund to boost brownfield housing development.

Manchester 'to get major new arts hub'

Manchester 'to get major new arts hub'

Reports that Manchester is to get a 'major new arts hub' in a boost to the chancellor's Northern Powerhouse initiative feature in today's newspaper round-up.


What the government's new deadline for local plan production means for local authorities and applicants

What the government's new deadline for local plan production means for local authorities and applicants

Questions remain over a new deadline requiring councils to 'produce' a plan by early 2017, while concerns have been raised that encouraging town halls to consider early reviews of their draft plans could lead to shorter-term planning.

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What plans to relax Sunday trading restrictions could mean for town centres

What plans to relax Sunday trading restrictions could mean for town centres

Planning conditions may prevent some large stores from opening for longer hours even if the government proceeds with plans to devolve powers on Sunday trading.

What government's decision to scrap the zero carbon housing goal means for planners

What government's decision to scrap the zero carbon housing goal means for planners

Developers could seek to revisit already consented schemes after the government announced that it will no longer require builders to meet more stringent energy efficiency standards from next year.

How green belt traveller appeals are being decided in the wake of a landmark court ruling

How green belt traveller appeals are being decided in the wake of a landmark court ruling

Inspectors have been allowing appeals against refusals of permission for green belt traveller sites after dozens of recovered cases were passed back to the Planning Inspectorate from the government for determination.

How we did it: Developing a dark skies protection policy

How we did it: Developing a dark skies protection policy

A Welsh national park has set out planning policies to protect the integrity of its dark sky reserve status. Bryan Johnston reports.

Legal Viewpoint: Practical questions persist on zonal planning proposal

Legal Viewpoint: Practical questions persist on zonal planning proposal

This month's Fixing the Foundations 'productivity plan' commits the government to 'an urban planning revolution on brownfield sites'.

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Local Plan Watch: Inspector hikes housing target; plan survives legal challenge

Local Plan Watch: Inspector hikes housing target; plan survives legal challenge

Reports that a West Sussex council has been told by an inspector to hike its local plan housing target and news that a Staffordshire authority's plan has survived a legal challenge feature in the latest Local Plan Watch update.

10 things you need to know

10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the government has said it will intervene in cases where local authorities have failed to produce a local plan by 'early 2017' and arrange for the documents to be written 'in consultation with local people'.

Policy Briefing: Laying down the foundations for further planning reform

Policy Briefing: Laying down the foundations for further planning reform

This month's productivity plan sets the stage for the next round of reforms to the planning system. Claire Fallows reports.

Planners must take care to comprehend (im)migration data, by David Marlow

Planners must take care to comprehend (im)migration data, by David Marlow

The most prominent commentary on the latest mid-year population estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) concerned the higher than expected increase and international migration's contribution to this.

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Vince Cable to address IED Annual Conference

Vince Cable to address IED Annual Conference

The former Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable is among the speakers confirmed for this year's IED Annual Conference.

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