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Planners back 1,800-home Surrey aerodrome scheme

Planners back 1,800-home Surrey aerodrome scheme

Plans for a 1,800-home development on a 248-hectare aerodrome site in Surrey have been recommended for approval by planners who concluded that the development would offer 'significant social and economic gains'.

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Paddington Cube plans approved despite heritage concerns

Paddington Cube plans approved despite heritage concerns

Plans for an office-led redevelopment of a former Royal Mail site next to Paddington Station in central London have been approved despite concerns from heritage groups, including built environment conservation adviser Historic England.

Applications submitted for first of next-generation phone kiosks

Applications submitted for first of next-generation phone kiosks

Planning applications to install the first tranche of the ultramodern kiosks that BT intends to use to replace traditional phone boxes on the high street have been submitted to a central London borough.

Worcestershire councils consult on planning for health document

Worcestershire councils consult on planning for health document

Developers of residential schemes comprising more than 25 homes would be required to assess the impact of their proposals on health and health inequalities, under plans contained in a supplementary planning document (SPD) published for consultation by three Worcestershire authorities.

Brexit vote 'will lead to slump in UK office market'

Brexit vote 'will lead to slump in UK office market'

Reports that the UK's Brexit vote will lead to 'a slump in office construction, with up to half of planned developments in central London likely to be postponed or scrapped in coming years' feature in today's newspaper round-up.


How draft guidance aims to boost London affordable housing delivery

How draft guidance aims to boost London affordable housing delivery

New draft guidance from London's mayor proposes a fast track for subsidy-free schemes that provide more than 35 per cent affordable homes, but experts are divided as to how much the plan would encourage applicants to increase proportions of affordable housing.

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What the removal of a block on Birmingham's local plan means for plan-makers

What the removal of a block on Birmingham's local plan means for plan-makers

The six-month holding direction on Birmingham's local plan has delayed planning and development proposals in the city region, but other authorities should not be deterred from reviewing their green belt boundaries, experts say.

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How Hammond is seeking to use roads cash to unlock homes

How Hammond is seeking to use roads cash to unlock homes

Autumn Statement announcements make clear that, instead of repairing existing road, ministers are focused on using roads funding to pump prime other types of development.

Ten 2016 court rulings you need to know

Ten 2016 court rulings you need to know

Prominent lawyers highlight the most significant legal decisions of the year.

5 messages for planners from the IED Conference

5 messages for planners from the IED Conference

Speakers at last week's Institute for Economic Development (IED) Annual Conference stressed the importance of planning and housebuilding in boosting local economic growth.

Reports of the demise of Khan's affordable housing goal are exaggerated, by Richard Garlick

Reports of the demise of Khan's affordable housing goal are exaggerated, by Richard Garlick

Recently, London mayor Sadiq Khan has been stressing that his pledge to make half of all new London homes 'genuinely affordable' is a 'long-term strategic aim' rather than an immediately deliverable goal.

Local Plan Watch: Greater Manchester authorities reach local plan milestones

Local Plan Watch: Greater Manchester authorities reach local plan milestones

Two Greater Manchester boroughs have reached key milestones in their local plan preparation, with Rochdale adopting its core strategy in October and Salford last month publishing a draft local plan for consultation.

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