Why developers are calling for more planning changes, despite new figures showing rising housing approvals

Why developers are calling for more planning changes, despite new figures showing rising housing approvals

The best figures for planning permissions for new homes since 2008 have ignited debate over whether the planning system really needs further reform to deliver more housing.

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Lincolnshire wind farm axed after NSIP changes

Lincolnshire wind farm axed after NSIP changes

The developer behind plans for a 23-turbine wind farm in Lincolnshire has scrapped the project following government proposals to change the planning consent process for major onshore wind farms.

Inspectors decide more green belt traveller appeals

Inspectors decide more green belt traveller appeals

Further decisions have been issued on green belt traveller appeals that were returned to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) for determination after the High Court ruled earlier this year ruled that the former communities secretary had discriminated against travellers by intervening in their appeals.

'Poor doors': can local authority planners prevent developers from segregating residents?

'Poor doors': can local authority planners prevent developers from segregating residents?

Labour mayoral frontrunner Sadiq Khan's pledge to ban so-called 'poor doors' could present practical difficulties for town halls and applicants, according to experts.

Why recent decisions raise questions over the effectiveness of the fast-track NSIP regime in Wales

Why recent decisions raise questions over the effectiveness of the fast-track NSIP regime in Wales

The energy secretary has for the second time since the general election ruled that 'associated development' does not fall within the scope of the Planning Act 2008 regime in Wales.


Ministers must focus on completions as well as permissions, by Richard Garlick

Ministers must focus on completions as well as permissions, by Richard Garlick

The latest figures from construction industry analyst Glenigan suggest that 261,000 homes were given planning permission in England last year.

Why CIL reduces social housing delivery

Why CIL reduces social housing delivery

New research shows a drop in affordable housing delivery in council areas in which the Community Infrastructure Levy has been introduced. Mark Connell explores why this might be happening.

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How planning can help foster a happier community, by David Marlow

How planning can help foster a happier community, by David Marlow

The government's work on measuring happiness passed a major milestone just before the general election when the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its data for the period 2011-14 on personal wellbeing.

Planning must bear brunt of new financial imperatives, by Peter Bill

Planning must bear brunt of new financial imperatives, by Peter Bill

Where the hell was communities secretary Greg Clark on 10 July when chancellor George Osborne announced 'sweeping changes' to the planning system?

10 things you need to know

10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest news stories from the past week, including news that a further two appeals involving traveller pitches in the green belt have been allowed after a High Court ruling forced the government to pass back nearly 40 recovered cases to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) for determination.

Neighbourhood Watch: Three East Staffordshire plans win public backing on same day

Neighbourhood Watch: Three East Staffordshire plans win public backing on same day

News that three neighbourhood plans in East Staffordshire have been approved in local referendums held on the same day features in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.

Policy Summary: Government sets deadline for local plan production and threatens intervention
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.

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.

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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