Northumberland plan set for withdrawal after change in council control

Northumberland plan set for withdrawal after change in council control

Northumberland County Council's new minority Conservative leadership is set to withdraw the authority's local plan from examination in order to 'review the need to build on acres of green belt land'.

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A government-backed housing think tank has called for the introduction of a moratorium on new tower block building and a 'change in planning to immediately move away from high rise to low and mid-rise' housing.

BEIS official defends delayed decisions on major infrastructure projects

BEIS official defends delayed decisions on major infrastructure projects

A senior official at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has defended government delays in determining two major infrastructure schemes, saying that new ministers needed time to get up to speed on the details.

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TCPA's Raynsford Review issues call for evidence

A review set up by planning body the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) to identify how the government can reform the planning system to make it fairer, better resourced and capable of tackling the major challenges which confront the nation has issued a call for evidence.

Plans approved for Luton Airport rail link

Plans approved for Luton Airport rail link

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The key planning issues raised by the Grenfell Tower blaze

The key planning issues raised by the Grenfell Tower blaze

While responsibility for fire safety does not lie with the planning system, planning committee members are nevertheless seeking extra assurances from applicants that tall building proposals are safe following last week's horrific blaze at the Grenfell Tower in west London.

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What the new minister's record reveals about his view of planning

What the new minister's record reveals about his view of planning

Alok Sharma may be a largely unknown quantity in planning circles, but some clues can be gleaned from his past record as to how he will approach the role of housing and planning minister.

The planning priorities set out in an unusual Queen's Speech, by Richard Garlick

The planning priorities set out in an unusual Queen's Speech, by Richard Garlick

With the future of the new government looking so uncertain, it was hard to take this week's Queen's Speech as seriously as usual.

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How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

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Regeneration with safety designed in, by Graeme Bell

The worst of a few has brought out the best in many. As stories of bravery and self-sacrifice in the teeth of the terrorist attacks in London emerge, so the tribute candles flicker, flowers wilt, all are cleared and life goes on. As, of course, it must.

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