Green light for 35-storey, 514-home Croydon town centre scheme

Green light for 35-storey, 514-home Croydon town centre scheme

Plans for a mixed-use development up to 35 storeys high and including 514 new homes have been approved by a south London council, despite the proposal falling short of the local authority's affordable housing requirement.

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Brent Cross shopping centre's owners submit bid to double its size

Brent Cross shopping centre's owners submit bid to double its size

A detailed planning application has been submitted to double the size of Brent Cross shopping centre in north London.

Plans approved for Ebbsfleet industrial scheme

Plans approved for Ebbsfleet industrial scheme

Plans have been approved for a 21,500 square metre employment scheme on a brownfield site within the area of the proposed Ebbsfleet Garden City in Kent, after planners concluded that the development would 'stimulate and act as a catalyst for inward investment'.

New social homes 'should be beautiful'

New social homes 'should be beautiful'

A call for the next government to focus on 'beauty' rather than solely numbers when building a new generation of social homes features in today's newspaper round-up.

Manifesto round-up: where the parties stand on five key planning issues

Manifesto round-up: where the parties stand on five key planning issues

This week the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have published their general election manifestos. We examine where the parties stand on five key planning issues, including Heathrow, HS2, housing numbers and the green belt.


What the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling means for practitioners

What the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling means for practitioners

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that the absence of a five-year supply of deliverable sites should render out of date only those policies dealing with the numbers and distribution of housing and not those which seek to restrict housing.

How changes to CPO rules could boost social housing delivery

How changes to CPO rules could boost social housing delivery

A Tory Party proposal to reform compulsory purchase order (CPO) rules to boost social housing delivery is a "radical move" that could result in landowners being out of pocket, say planning lawyers.

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Why moves to curb the spread of second homes are gathering pace

Why moves to curb the spread of second homes are gathering pace

Practitioners believe that more neighbourhood groups could follow the example set by two Cornish neighbourhood plans endorsed by residents in local polls held earlier this month, which seek to use planning conditions to prevent new open market housing from being used as second homes.

Supreme Court offers little succour to councils with land supply shortages, by Richard Garlick

Supreme Court offers little succour to councils with land supply shortages, by Richard Garlick

Paragraph 49 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) says that "relevant policies for the supply of housing should not be considered up-to-date if the local planning authority cannot demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites".

Council corporations may not find land that cheap, by Joey Gardiner

Council corporations may not find land that cheap, by Joey Gardiner

Amidst the furore accompanying the announcement of the snap election, a late-introduced line in the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 that could fundamentally alter the way new towns are brought forward may have escaped your attention.

Planning Awards Countdown: Award for Stakeholder Engagement in Planning

Planning Awards Countdown: Award for Stakeholder Engagement in Planning

With the Planning Awards only five weeks away, we take a closer look at one of the shortlisted entries in the Award for Stakeholder Engagement in Planning category.

Planning for custom build and community-led housing, by Chris Brown

Planning for custom build and community-led housing, by Chris Brown

The irrational fear of the unknown is a powerful barrier to positive change not least in planning for housing delivery.

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