Loss of office space gathering pace, report claims

Loss of office space gathering pace, report claims

An area equivalent to all the entire office floor space in Reading has been converted into new uses since the introduction of relaxed planning rules nearly two years ago, new research has found.

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SNP manifesto targets increased infrastructure investment

SNP manifesto targets increased infrastructure investment

The SNP's general election manifesto has said the party would back budget plans to ensure increased investment in infrastructure in Scotland and the north of England, including the commissioning of a high-speed rail link between Glasgow, Edinburgh and the north of England.

Judge rules that green belt naturist spa buildings are 'inappropriate development'

Judge rules that green belt naturist spa buildings are 'inappropriate development'

A naturist spa in the green belt in Surrey has lost its High Court challenge against an order to demolish new buildings on the site.

Planners back plans for 2,400 homes on Hampshire army site

Planners back plans for 2,400 homes on Hampshire army site

Planning officers have recommended approval for a scheme involving 2,400 new homes, a care home, a leisure centre, a secondary school, sports pitches and a section of a new relief road, on a former Ministry of Defence (MoD) site in Hampshire, but admitted that 'some adverse impact will remain'.

Application lodged for 2,000-home Warwickshire scheme

Application lodged for 2,000-home Warwickshire scheme

Outline plans have been submitted for a 2,000-home project in Warwickshire that is intended to become an 'exemplar self-contained sustainable community'.


Tight election makes small party manifestos required reading, by Richard Garlick

Tight election makes small party manifestos required reading, by Richard Garlick

With the pollsters widely predicting a hung Parliament, there is even more reason than usual to study the smaller parties' manifestos.

Election 2015: What the manifestos mean for planning

Election 2015: What the manifestos mean for planning

Pledges intended to boost housing supply and promises to amend planning rules were a feature of election manifestos published this week by Labour, the Conservatives, the Lib Dems, UKIP and the Green Party.

How we did it: Improving estate health through design

How we did it: Improving estate health through design

Community wellbeing has been a key consideration in plans to transform a housing estate in Dorset. Susie Sell reports.

London needs to take a wider view, by Catriona Riddell

London needs to take a wider view, by Catriona Riddell

During the bonfire of the regions after the last general election, many commentators said regional strategies would be back within five years.

Legal Viewpoint: Viability focus shifts to freedom of information

Legal Viewpoint: Viability focus shifts to freedom of information

Viability continues to shape planning, but the debate is shifting from principles to wider issues of transparency and participation.

Briefing: New order extends scope for permitted development

Briefing: New order extends scope for permitted development

New rights to change the use of commercial sites without seeking planning consent are now in force. Richard Lemon explains.

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How the future could be philanthropic, by Cliff Hague

How the future could be philanthropic, by Cliff Hague

Does your local council have an innovation team funded by a private philanthropist? Thought not, but give it time.

How revised section 106 rules could add to upfront costs for applicants

How revised section 106 rules could add to upfront costs for applicants

Guidance stating that section 106 negotiations should get under way at the pre-application stage could put additional pressure on councils' legal teams and may mean more upfront costs for applicants.

Data blog: New Homes Bonus winners and losers revealed

Data blog: New Homes Bonus winners and losers revealed

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets will receive nearly £25 million in New Homes Bonus payments in the 2015/16 financial year, more than £7 million more than any other local authority in England, an analysis has found.

Pre-election period 'has slowed planning process'

Pre-election period 'has slowed planning process'

The build up to next month's general election has made it harder to secure planning permission, a major housebuilder has warned.

Outside interest: Rowing coxswain

Outside interest: Rowing coxswain

Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) associate director, Tamsin Cottle, talks about her enthusiasm for rowing. More

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