Government sets timetable for delivery of local authority air quality plans

Government sets timetable for delivery of local authority air quality plans

Local authorities will have to bring forward plans to improve air quality within eight months and produce final plans by the end of 2018, according to the government's air quality plan which was published today.

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Key London Plan housing benchmarks missed

Key London Plan housing benchmarks missed

The delivery of new homes in London in 2015/16 was nine per cent below a 42,000 annual monitoring target contained within the London Plan, according to a Greater London Authority report.

Quartermain letter stresses planning role in counter-terrorism

Quartermain letter stresses planning role in counter-terrorism

The government's chief planner Steve Quartermain has written to council planning bosses reminding them of the role the planning system 'in ensuring appropriate measures are in place in relation to counter-terrorist and crime prevention security'.

Go-ahead for 616-room City of London student housing scheme

Go-ahead for 616-room City of London student housing scheme

A plan to demolish vacant buildings to make way for a development involving 616 student rooms, offices, a cafe and an exhibition space for King's College London in the heart of London's financial district has been given the go-ahead.

Javid approves Essex plan two years after predecessor's intervention

Javid approves Essex plan two years after predecessor's intervention

An Essex local plan previously found unsound by a planning inspector over its failure to plan for the needs of travellers has been approved by the communities secretary Sajid Javid following an almost unprecedented intervention by his predecessor in 2015.


Are efforts to improve the Planning Inspectorate's casework performance paying off?

Are efforts to improve the Planning Inspectorate's casework performance paying off?

Figures contained in the Planning Inspectorate's latest annual report show that the body has reduced the time taken to decide smaller appeals in the past year. But its performance on larger, more complex appeals has slipped again, prompting observers to question whether the inspectorate has enough experienced inspectors to handle the work.

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The implications of the High Court's duty to cooperate verdict

The implications of the High Court's duty to cooperate verdict

The High Court's decision to throw out a Hertfordshire authority's legal bid to overturn an inspector's verdict that it did not meet the duty to cooperate in drawing up its draft plan underlines the seriousness with which local planning authorities need to treat the legal test, experts have said.

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Three ways in which the Olympic legacy vision has changed over the past 15 years

Three ways in which the Olympic legacy vision has changed over the past 15 years

Plans for the post-games Olympic Park have altered considerably since the first legacy blueprint was published, says Mark Wilding - and they are likely to change again.

How we did it: How we met new pre-application consultation rules

How we did it: How we met new pre-application consultation rules

A Swansea regeneration project was one of the first large schemes that had to abide by new Welsh government consultation requirements, John Geoghegan reports.

Policy Briefing: What impact do overseas investors have on housing supply?

Policy Briefing: What impact do overseas investors have on housing supply?

The pros and cons of foreign investment in housing are examined by Matthew White.

Keep calm and carry on plan-making, by Catriona Riddell

Keep calm and carry on plan-making, by Catriona Riddell

It is going to be a very busy summer for local authorities as the government moves forward with implementing the Housing White Paper.

Legal Viewpoint: Court clarifies sustainable development presumption

Legal Viewpoint: Court clarifies sustainable development presumption

The Court of Appeal has rejected a generalised presumption in favour of sustainable development (PIFSD) in its ruling on an inspector's decision to approve Barwood Strategic Land's plans for up to 150 new homes in Staffordshire.

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