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Greater Manchester council stays on board strategic framework process

Greater Manchester council stays on board strategic framework process

Stockport Council has fended off a bid from Liberal Democrat councillors to pull the authority out of the process for preparing a strategic plan for Greater Manchester.

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Barking mixed-use regeneration approved despite 'unacceptable' lack of affordable homes

Barking mixed-use regeneration approved despite 'unacceptable' lack of affordable homes

Plans have been approved for a major mixed-use regeneration scheme in east London which could provide up to 900 homes, despite the developer's 'unacceptable' claim that no affordable housing can be provided as the scheme is not currently viable.

Devon council approves its 'largest ever' planning application

Devon council approves its 'largest ever' planning application

A Devon council has approved its 'largest planning application ever' which would see up to 1,350 homes built at a 90-hectare site to the south west of Exeter.

Policy revisions 'responsible for dip in homes delivered on exception sites'

Policy revisions 'responsible for dip in homes delivered on exception sites'

Observers have attributed a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.

Javid blocks South Devon AONB wind turbine

Javid blocks South Devon AONB wind turbine

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused permission for plans to build a single wind turbine within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), ruling that the benefits of the proposal would be outweigh by harm to the AONB and the setting of a number of heritage assets.


How mayoral campaigns are buffeting Manchester's city-region plan

How mayoral campaigns are buffeting Manchester's city-region plan

Greater Manchester's planning blueprint faces some significant hurdles, following concerns expressed by the front-runner for the conurbation's mayoralty and pressure from councillors to pull out of the process entirely.

Why Scotland is set to dismantle its system of city-regional planning

Why Scotland is set to dismantle its system of city-regional planning

Plans to axe Scotland's system of city-regional plan-making are contained in a major consultation on changes to the country's planning system.

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

Observers attribute a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.

How we did it: Winning consent for national park homes

How we did it: Winning consent for national park homes

Local consultation and cooperation has brought a 416 home development to fruition in the South Downs. David Dewar reports.

Burnham would be wise to persist with the Greater Manchester plan, by Richard Garlick

Burnham would be wise to persist with the Greater Manchester plan, by Richard Garlick

Requiring as it did the agreement of ten neighbouring councils of differing political hues, the first draft of the strategic plan for Greater Manchester was an achievement in itself, even if adoption is still a distant prospect.

Legal Viewpoint: Powers of reason affecting decisions to grant consent

Legal Viewpoint: Powers of reason affecting decisions to grant consent

When does a duty to give reasons for granting planning permission apply? The legal position is increasingly convoluted, despite the government decision in 2013 to remove the specific duty for councils to summarise reasons for approval on each permission.

Policy Briefing: What new housing fund means for large-scale developments

Policy Briefing: What new housing fund means for large-scale developments

New funding for large-scale schemes is good news but longer-term measures are also needed, say Dominick Veasey and Fay Goodson.

Neighbourhood Watch: Peer says Javid approval has 'destroyed' neighbourhood plan

Neighbourhood Watch: Peer says Javid approval has 'destroyed' neighbourhood plan

The Tory peer who has launched legal action in a bid to overturn the communities secretary's decision to allow a scheme comprising 50 homes in East Sussex has said that the approval has 'destroyed' a village's neighbourhood plan and 'destroyed people's trust in fair government'.

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