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Pinsent Masons and Kingston top ratings in lawyers survey

Pinsent Masons and Kingston top ratings in lawyers survey

Pinsent Masons has topped the Planning Law Survey rankings of the most respected planning law firms for the second year running.

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How early reviews of local plans can help overcome concerns on soundness

Inspectors are increasingly advocating early reviews of local plans, but there is no obligation on councils to carry them out and authorities may struggle to find the resources or the political will to do so.

What the government's northern transport strategy could mean for planning

What the government's northern transport strategy could mean for planning

Experts have said a new transport strategy for the north of England could affect local plans, which may need updating to take into account the economic activity and housing growth resulting from the proposals.

Only three bids to take part in cash payments pilot

Only three bids to take part in cash payments pilot

Only three expressions of interest were submitted for a £3.5 million pilot scheme to make payments to households who live in proximity to new housing developments, it has emerged.

Written ministerial statement: an at a glance guide

Written ministerial statement: an at a glance guide

Communities secretary Eric Pickles yesterday evening outlined a series of planning measures in a written ministerial statement, including further permitted development changes. Read on for Planning's a glance guide to the statement's contents.


The Planning Law Survey 2015

The Planning Law Survey 2015

Our annual survey identifies the planning lawyers who are most highly rated by their peers, both overall and in specialist fields, as well as those with the biggest inquiry and court workloads. Bryan Johnston reports.

The best of the barristers

The best of the barristers

Planning's exclusive survey reveals which barristers are most admired by their fellow planning lawyers. Colin Marrs looks at how their work is changing.

The most respected solicitors

The most respected solicitors

Our survey reveals which legal firms and individual solicitors are most highly rated by their peers, both overall and in specialist fields. Susie Sell reports.

Budget statement fleshes out detail of Treasury housebuilding measures

Budget statement fleshes out detail of Treasury housebuilding measures

This month's Budget included some new detail on previously announced measures to boost housebuilding and a new Help to Buy ISA to assist first-time buyers in getting on the property ladder.

Why business-led neighbourhood plans are making slow progress

Why business-led neighbourhood plans are making slow progress

A group of pilot areas picked four years ago to trial business-led neighbourhood planning have made little ground, with experts citing scale and complexity for their slow progress.

Three times as many voters now support local housebuilding than oppose it, by Richard Garlick

Three times as many voters now support local housebuilding than oppose it, by Richard Garlick

For decades, British politicians seem to have acted under a shared, if unspoken, understanding that they would lose more votes than they would win if they made a serious attempt to meet housing need.

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Why placemakers so often lose out to spacemakers, by Peter Bill

Why placemakers so often lose out to spacemakers, by Peter Bill

Spacemaking trumps placemaking, every time. The idea reiterated last month by architect Sir Terry Farrell, suggesting that placemaking can be enhanced by asking planners, engineers and others professionals to contribute to project reviews alongside architects is nice - but naive.

Election preview: Regeneration

Election preview: Regeneration

In the second of Planning's general election previews, Susie Sell reviews the main English parties' pledges on regeneration.

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