DCLG presses ahead with statutory consultee threshold changes

DCLG presses ahead with statutory consultee threshold changes

The government has announced that it will push ahead with measures to change the thresholds for statutory consultee involvement in planning applications.

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Court of Appeal upholds Nottinghamshire green belt cemetery decision

Court of Appeal upholds Nottinghamshire green belt cemetery decision

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a legal challenge against a High Court ruling which struck down a planning approval for a cemetery and crematorium on a green belt site in Nottinghamshire.

Infrastructure Bill amendments call for PINs abolition and community right of appeal

Infrastructure Bill amendments call for PINs abolition and community right of appeal

Amendments to the government's Infrastructure Bill to be voted on next week call for the abolition of the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) and the creation of a community right of appeal.

South Oxfordshire arson: How often is planners' safety threatened and what should good employers do to protect their staff?

South Oxfordshire arson: How often is planners' safety threatened and what should good employers do to protect their staff?

An arson attack that gutted the planning department of a local authority in Oxfordshire has seen the sector reminded of the need for care in handling volatile situations and the importance of workplace contingency plans.

NSIPs: Why has only one business and commercial project opted to use the fast-track NSIP regime?

NSIPs: Why has only one business and commercial project opted to use the fast-track NSIP regime?

Complex pre-application requirements are making big business and commercial schemes wary of opting in to the regime for deciding major infrastructure projects.


How to source viability advice

How to source viability advice

Assessing viability can be a complex affair, whether at the level of local plan or of specific development. Jonathan Tilley asks where you should turn for help.

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Ministers must act to rectify traveller discrimination, by Richard Garlick

Ministers must act to rectify traveller discrimination, by Richard Garlick

This week the High Court found that the communities secretary's approach to determining appeals against refusals of permission for travellers' sites in the green belt meant that he had breached the Equality Act and The European Convention on Human Rights.

Next government needs big vision, by Catriona Riddell

Next government needs big vision, by Catriona Riddell

Election time is upon us and thoughts are turning to what priorities the next government and planning and housing minister should have.

Stopping localism from derailing delivery, by Paul Tucker QC

Stopping localism from derailing delivery, by Paul Tucker QC

Before the 2010 election, Tory shadow minister Caroline Spelman said the planning system was 'broken' and needed radical change.

How we did it: Strategic planning for garden suburbs

How we did it: Strategic planning for garden suburbs

An Essex council is using strategic masterplans to guide the development of new garden suburbs. Bryan Johnston reports.

Policy briefing: Dealing with growing pressure for releasing greenfield sites

Policy briefing: Dealing with growing pressure for releasing greenfield sites

Recent decisions raise the question of whether green belt and greenfield policy is ready for reassessment. Jeremy Smith reports.

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