Westminster signals planning policy to tackle rise in food delivery drivers

Westminster signals planning policy to tackle rise in food delivery drivers

A London council is to introduce a planning policy aimed at tackling disturbance caused by a growing number of delivery drivers serving online food delivery platforms, such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats.

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Mayor's viability study says most schemes can meet London Plan policy requirements

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Most development types can meet the policy requirements of the draft London Plan including affordable housing requirements, a viability study of the document has found.

Developer submits plans for 2,750 homes on unallocated North Yorkshire site

Developer submits plans for 2,750 homes on unallocated North Yorkshire site

Plans have been submitted for 2,750 homes near Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, on a former golf course not currently allocated for development in the council's emerging local plan.

Fifteen years worth of brownfield register sites would not be enough to meet five years of housing need, says study

Fifteen years worth of brownfield register sites would not be enough to meet five years of housing need, says study

Even if all the potential homes contained within housing projections in brownfield registers were to be built out in the next five years, the numbers would still fall well short of the need as assessed by the government's new standardised method, according to a report.

Brownfield registers missing out on small sites potential, study claims

Brownfield registers missing out on small sites potential, study claims

Emerging brownfield land registers are failing to identify enough small housing sites, according to research from countryside campaigners.


2017: the year in headlines

2017: the year in headlines

The most memorable planning stories of the past 12 months, summarised by John Geoghegan.

Legal review 2017 - Ten 2017 court rulings you need to know

Legal review 2017 - Ten 2017 court rulings you need to know

Lawyers highlight the legal decisions from the past 12 months that carry the biggest implications for planning.

The ten most studied appeal and call-in decisions of 2017

The ten most studied appeal and call-in decisions of 2017

Housing supply issues continue to dominate planning practitioners' workloads, and the appeals arena is no exception, says Bryan Johnston

What the government's industrial strategy means for planners

What the government's industrial strategy means for planners

The government's new industrial strategy emphasises the importance of housing delivery in boosting economic growth and backs strategic planning by groups of councils.

How revised rules on density could affect London's development

How revised rules on density could affect London's development

Experts are divided on the likely impact of proposals to recast policy approaches to housing density in the latest draft of the London Plan.

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Authorities are under increasing pressure to sign up to larger-than-local plans, by Richard Garlick

Authorities are under increasing pressure to sign up to larger-than-local plans, by Richard Garlick

Strategic planning across areas larger than a single local authority was anathema to the coalition government's champions of localism. When then communities secretary Eric Pickles announced that he was abolishing the regional spatial strategies (RSSs) that required such larger-than-local work, he said that he was freeing communities from "failed Soviet-style top-down planning targets".

A history of planning in 11 objects, by Graeme Bell

A history of planning in 11 objects, by Graeme Bell

With Christmas around the corner, let's turn our mind to festive jollies. Pinching a good idea from Neil MacGregor, former director of the British Museum, I propose a history of planning in 11 objects, something on which every planner will have an opinion. Here are mine:

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