How a wind energy policy shift is affecting local plans and applications

How a wind energy policy shift is affecting local plans and applications

Recently introduced planning rules requiring community backing for onshore wind turbines have prompted developers to withdraw schemes and are being considered in planning decisions and local plan examinations.

Clark steps in to halt decision on Buckinghamshire homes

Clark steps in to halt decision on Buckinghamshire homes

Communities secretary Greg Clark has intervened to freeze a decision on plans for 130 homes in Buckinghamshire, which planning officers had recommended for approval despite a conflict with an emerging neighbourhood plan.

How new migration figures have reinforced doubt over housing projections

How new migration figures have reinforced doubt over housing projections

Official figures showing a surge in net migration to the UK cast further doubt on the robustness of key household projections used by councils to assess their area's housing need.

Why concerns are being raised about a new travellers planning policy

Why concerns are being raised about a new travellers planning policy

Local planning authorities will face practical difficulties when interpreting new rules that redefine the definition of 'traveller' in planning policy to exclude those who no longer travel permanently, experts say.

Sponsored content: Small team and big impact in Dartford

Sponsored content: Small team and big impact in Dartford

We talk to Teresa Ryszkowska, at Dartford Borough Council, about the planning roles they're recruiting for and explore the borough's current range of projects.


Who better to confirm community backing than a planning committee, by Richard Garlick

Who better to confirm community backing than a planning committee, by Richard Garlick

The new planning requirements for onshore wind introduced by the government in July were widely seen to have to killed off the further spread of onshore wind power generation in England.

Navigating the complexities of recent CIL changes

Navigating the complexities of recent CIL changes

In March 2015, the Government announced it had appointed a research team to consider the impact of the Community Infrastructure Levy and provide an evidence base to inform a review of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) later this year. In this article, Bond Dickinson examines some of the issues that perhaps need to be fixed.

Taking a walk on Chicago's 606 project, by Cliff Hague

Taking a walk on Chicago's 606 project, by Cliff Hague

The 606 is a new linear park/jogging route/cycleway in Chicago. It draws inspiration from the famous High Line in New York, though at 2.7 miles is almost twice as long. During my recent visit I was able to see for myself how this design intervention adds to the urban fabric.

How we did it: Assessing a cross-border seascape

How we did it: Assessing a cross-border seascape

Cross-border cooperation is behind background guidance for planning activity across an iconic stretch of coastline.

Neighbourhood Watch: First ministerial decision issued after intervention period extension

Neighbourhood Watch: First ministerial decision issued after intervention period extension

The communities secretary's decision to turn down an appeal seeking approval for new homes in Northamptonshire is the latest of a growing number secretary of state decisions to consider whether development proposals will undermine emerging neighbourhood plans.

Policy Briefing: Major infrastructure regime extended to housing element

Policy Briefing: Major infrastructure regime extended to housing element

Homes are to be included in the fast-track regime for major infrastructure projects.

10 things you need to know

10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the government has changed national planning policy to make intentional unauthorised development a material consideration in the determination of all new applications and appeals.

Why Welsh councils have been slow to bring forward LDOs

Why Welsh councils have been slow to bring forward LDOs

Local planning authorities in Wales have proved reluctant to put in place orders that streamline planning rules for specified areas, despite a series of attempts to encourage their take-up.

Vince Cable to address Planning for Housing conference

Vince Cable to address Planning for Housing conference

The former Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable is among the speakers confirmed for this year's Planning for Housing conference.

Maps: core strategy progress data

Maps: core strategy progress data

Use our new interactive map to view English councils' progress in adopting local plans and view a spreadsheet containing the latest data on local plan coverage from the Planning Inspectorate.

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Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Map: neighbourhood plan applications

Use our new interactive map to view how many applications for neighbourhood planning powers have been received by English councils and the names of the groups that have submitted them.

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CIL Watch: who's charging what?

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

Want to know whether your local authority has published Community Infrastructure Levy proposals? Our live table includes the latest details of councils' levy plans, including a breakdown of charges by development type.

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