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Javid issues holding direction on Paddington Cube approval

Javid issues holding direction on Paddington Cube approval

The communities secretary has issued a holding direction preventing a London borough from formally issuing planning permission for a controversial office-led redevelopment of a former Royal Mail site next to Paddington Station.

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Council backtracks on exclusion of garden village site from neighbourhood area

Council backtracks on exclusion of garden village site from neighbourhood area

A council has backtracked on its decision to exclude a garden village site from a proposed neighbourhood plan area, following advice that the exclusion was in breach of regulations.

Royal Assent for HS2 bill paves way for work to start on high speed rail route

Royal Assent for HS2 bill paves way for work to start on high speed rail route

The hybrid bill taking forward the High Speed Two (HS2) rail project has today received Royal Assent, enabling construction on the project to begin on schedule later this year.

Final airports NPS 'must reflect new government air quality plan'

Final airports NPS 'must reflect new government air quality plan'

The government must publish a 'comprehensive re-analysis' of the air quality impacts of Heathrow expansion alongside the final draft of the Airports National Policy Statement, MPs have recommended.

Natural England amalgamates Cornwall SSSIs

Natural England amalgamates Cornwall SSSIs

The government's wildlife advisor has announced the amalgamation and expansion of six sites of special scientific interest (SSSI) in Cornwall.


What proposals to replace CIL would mean for applicants and authorities

What proposals to replace CIL would mean for applicants and authorities

A system put forward by a government-commissioned review to replace the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) would see all development face a low-level charge, with no - or very few - exemptions, the removal of the need for an examination process, and a mandatory requirement placed on town halls to adopt the new mechanism.

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Will plans to charge for appeals discourage legitimate challenges?

Will plans to charge for appeals discourage legitimate challenges?

Housing White Paper proposals to introduce a fee of up to £2,000 for making an appeal are unlikely to deter applicants from making legitimate appeals and could provide additional income for the Planning Inspectorate to employ inspectors, observers say.

How a devolution of powers will affect Welsh energy projects

How a devolution of powers will affect Welsh energy projects

Major energy projects in Wales will soon benefit from a simplification of the planning regime following the devolution of powers from Westminster.

Ministers' political priorities for CIL have blunted its effectiveness, by Jamie Carpenter

Ministers' political priorities for CIL have blunted its effectiveness, by Jamie Carpenter

In a book published a couple of years ago, the former Labour home secretary Charles Clarke explored the concept of the 'too difficult box'. The book's chapters examine seemingly intractable issues such as social care funding, pensions and media regulation, which politicians are unable to crack.

How we did it: Moving solar farm to protect grassland

How we did it: Moving solar farm to protect grassland

An energy firm worked with Natural England to protect sensitive Dorset downland by relocating a solar farm. David Dewar reports.

Policy Briefing: What to expect in the wake of Scotland's reform proposals

Policy Briefing: What to expect in the wake of Scotland's reform proposals

The Scottish government's planning reforms package could speed up decisions but carries potential risks, says Alastair Wood.

Look outside the UK for inspiration, by Cliff Hague

Look outside the UK for inspiration, by Cliff Hague

Professor Sir Robert Grieve was the most venerated Scottish planner since 1945.

Legal Viewpoint: Case confirms approach to calculating housing need

Legal Viewpoint: Case confirms approach to calculating housing need

Last month, an inspector reaffirmed that unconstrained objectively assessed need (OAN) applies in the absence of an up-to-date plan.

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