Housing starts and completions up 21%, official figures show

Housing starts and completions up 21%, official figures show

Housebuilding starts and completions in England in the first quarter of this year were both up by a fifth compared to the same period in 2016, according to latest official figures.

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Ayrshire wind farm dismissed on visual impact

Ayrshire wind farm dismissed on visual impact

Plans for a 30-megawatt wind farm in Ayrshire have been refused permission after a reporter decided it would have an unacceptable landscape and amenity impact.

Plans for 800 homes agreed in London Olympics quarter

Plans for 800 homes agreed in London Olympics quarter

Detailed plans for more than 800 hew homes on three sites in and around east London's Olympic Park were approved this week by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

How the Tory manifesto proposes to streamline shale gas planning rules

How the Tory manifesto proposes to streamline shale gas planning rules

Tory party manifesto promises to speed up the planning machine for exploration and extraction of shale gas reserves have been welcomed by the industry, but practitioners wonder how the process will work in detail.

What compulsory purchase climbdown means for estate regeneration

What compulsory purchase climbdown means for estate regeneration

A ministerial decision to block a compulsory purchase order that experts said appeared to give more weight to human rights issues than previous verdicts in this area has been quashed following a legal challenge.


Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector upholds neighbourhood plan's second homes block

Neighbourhood Watch: Inspector upholds neighbourhood plan's second homes block

News that an inspector has thrown out an attempt to remove a condition preventing two new homes in a Cornish holiday resort from being occupied as second homes or used for holiday accommodation features in the latest instalment of Neighbourhood Watch.

Conservatives aim to keep room to manoeuvre, by Richard Garlick

Conservatives aim to keep room to manoeuvre, by Richard Garlick

It is easy to under-estimate the importance of political parties' general election manifestos. The Prime Minister's struggle this week to explain an apparent change of heart on a manifesto policy for funding social care at home, announced days after the document was published, was only the latest episode in which a political party has been seen to distance itself from pre-election policy commitments with unseemly haste.

Why the party manifestos matter, by Alex Morton

Why the party manifestos matter, by Alex Morton

Should the Conservatives win the general election, as the latest opinion polls suggest they will, the party's manifesto for 2017 will reset government policy.

Why campaigners want ministers to go further on new towns powers

Why campaigners want ministers to go further on new towns powers

Ministers at the communities department have decided against a thorough overhaul of new towns legislation if the Conservative Party forms the next government, Planning understands.

Legal viewpoint: Common sense triumphs in housing supply judgment

Legal viewpoint: Common sense triumphs in housing supply judgment

The Supreme Court's first judgment on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has rejected a broad approach to the meaning of paragraph 49, which states that "relevant policies for the supply of housing" should not be considered up to date where a council cannot show a five-year supply.

Lessons from the Dust Bowl have been forgotten, by Cliff Hague

Lessons from the Dust Bowl have been forgotten, by Cliff Hague

If voters have had enough of "experts", where does this leave planners?

Take us back to creative planning, by Catriona Riddell

Take us back to creative planning, by Catriona Riddell

As local authorities await the government's new methodology for calculating housing needs, with many councils suspending progress on their local plans, it strikes me how much plan-making is all about numbers now.

How we did it: Winning consent to build in a strategic gap

How we did it: Winning consent to build in a strategic gap

A football club worked with the local council and community to win consent for its training ground, Joey Gardiner reports.

Policy Briefing: What pub protection rule changes mean for planners

Policy Briefing: What pub protection rule changes mean for planners

Changes to permitted development rights for pubs should make it easier for councils to protect them, says Dinny Shaw.

Planning Awards Preview: Prize prospects

Planning Awards Preview: Prize prospects

With the Planning Awards only three weeks away, we take a closer look at some of the shortlisted entries in the first of two preview articles.

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