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Javid refuses proposals for 1,500 Essex homes

Javid refuses proposals for 1,500 Essex homes

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused permission for two applications comprising up to 1,500 homes in an Essex district, agreeing with an inspector that the local council is able to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.

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Clark backs Humber Estuary gas pipeline

Clark backs Humber Estuary gas pipeline

The secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy has approved plans for a new gas pipeline under the Humber Estuary after he concluded that the development was in line with relevant national policy statements and would not result in any negative impacts on wildlife habitats which could not be adequately mitigated.

564-home Whitechapel application backed by Tower Hamlets members

564-home Whitechapel application backed by Tower Hamlets members

Plans for a mixed-use scheme comprising 564 new homes on the site of a former storage facility in east London have been given the green light, despite planners flagging concerns that a number of rooms would 'receive very low levels of daylight and sunlight, which would result in a poor level of amenity' for future occupants.

Cheshire council approves green belt watersports centre against recommendation for refusal

Cheshire council approves green belt watersports centre against recommendation for refusal

A Cheshire council has approved plans for a watersports and outdoor activity centre at a former quarry site in the green belt, despite a recommendation of refusal from planners who concluded that the development would harm biodiversity and would 'not represent sustainable development'.

Planning students 'should help deprived areas create neighbourhood plans'

Planning students 'should help deprived areas create neighbourhood plans'

Planning students should be required, as part of a practical element to their course, to assist disadvantaged areas to produce neighbourhood plans as part of an effort to drive up the numbers of such plans in poor communities, a think-tank has recommended.


Why are so few communities making use of their power to allow development without a planning application?

Why are so few communities making use of their power to allow development without a planning application?

Residents of a Gloucestershire town last week voted to grant permission for an affordable housing development, becoming one of only a handful of communities to deploy rarely-used localism powers.

Why a London borough is removing permitted development rights from two-thirds of the pubs within its boundaries

Why a London borough is removing permitted development rights from two-thirds of the pubs within its boundaries

Wandsworth Council is pressing ahead with plans to use an article 4 direction to safeguard 120 of its pubs and bars, despite recent legislative changes that have removed permitted development rights from public houses listed as community assets.

How a new era of strategic planning is unfolding in Northern Ireland

How a new era of strategic planning is unfolding in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's local authorities are grappling with the practical implications of new plan-making responsibilities bestowed upon them following a local government shake-up last year.

May should stick with elected mayors, by Richard Garlick

May should stick with elected mayors, by Richard Garlick

Former chancellor George Osborne championed devolution of power from Whitehall to England's cities.

CIL Watch: Examiner backs Gateshead and Newcastle CIL proposals

CIL Watch: Examiner backs Gateshead and Newcastle CIL proposals

News that Gateshead and Newcastle are set to become the first authorities in the North East to charge the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) after their charging proposals were backed by an examiner features in the latest instalment of CIL Watch.

Legal Viewpoint: Rulings clarify concept of environmental damage

Legal Viewpoint: Rulings clarify concept of environmental damage

A Court of Appeal ruling last month concerning allegations of pollution to a lake in Snowdonia has some important implications for planning practitioners advising clients carrying out any economic activity which may lead to environmental damage.

Policy Briefing: Building More Homes report by House of Lords' Select Committee on Economic Affairs

Policy Briefing: Building More Homes report by House of Lords' Select Committee on Economic Affairs

Recommendations in a House of Lords report on housebuilding could have significant implications for local authorities, if implemented by the government, says Richard Cook.

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