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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.

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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.

Javid approves 270-home Cotswolds scheme

Javid approves 270-home Cotswolds scheme

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has granted outline planning permission for a 270-home scheme in the Cotswolds after agreeing with an inspector that there were no adverse impacts of sufficient weight to justify refusing the application.


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.

10 things you need to know

10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that London mayor Sadiq Khan has overturned his predecessor Boris Johnson's decision to call in a controversial application to build a 20,000-seater football stadium and more than 600 homes.

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.

What referendum results reveal about support for neighbourhood planning

What referendum results reveal about support for neighbourhood planning

EXCLUSIVE: Data from the first 200 neighbourhood planning referendums shows that several factors are likely to influence resident turnout.

Map: neighbourhood plan referendum results

Map: neighbourhood plan referendum results

Use our new interactive map to find comprehensive details of the results of more than 200 neighbourhood plan referendums that have taken place across England since 2013.

How Javid's first housing decisions shed light on future approach

How Javid's first housing decisions shed light on future approach

Experts say that Sajid Javid's first decisions on housing appeals as communities secretary indicate that he is likely to take a 'business as usual' approach to decision-making.

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