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Clark uses new powers to put Birmingham plan on hold

Clark uses new powers to put Birmingham plan on hold

Communities secretary Greg Clark has used new Housing and Planning Act powers to place a holding notice on Birmingham City Council's local plan.

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UK's first National Infrastructure Assessment 'to be published in 2018'

UK's first National Infrastructure Assessment 'to be published in 2018'

The UK's first National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) - recommending how the UK's infrastructure needs and priorities should be addressed - is intended to be published in 2018, a consultation has revealed.

Clark blocks Cheshire green belt solar farm

Clark blocks Cheshire green belt solar farm

Greg Clark has refused planning permission for a solar farm on green belt land in Cheshire, ruling that very special circumstances did not exist to justify the development.

Tower Hamlets in line for £28.6m New Homes Bonus payment

Tower Hamlets in line for £28.6m New Homes Bonus payment

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets will receive nearly £30 million in New Homes Bonus payments in 2016/17 - more than £7 million more than the next biggest recipient - according to an analysis of official figures published today.

1,100 Cheshire home approval includes 20% as Starter Homes

1,100 Cheshire home approval includes 20% as Starter Homes

Outline plans for more than 1,100 homes on a site owned by the government's housing and regeneration quango - including 20 per cent as discounted Starter Homes for first-time buyers - have been given the go-ahead by Warrington Borough Council.


How a new bill aims to tackle 'toxic' pre-commencement conditions

How a new bill aims to tackle 'toxic' pre-commencement conditions

The government has set out plans to tighten up the use of pre-commencement conditions, but experts agree that it is legitimate in some cases for councils to require conditions to be discharged before work can start.

What devolution of business rates income means for planning

What devolution of business rates income means for planning

Plans to allow town halls to retain 100 per cent of their business rates could push councils to plan more proactively for employment space and to seek to limit the loss of offices through permitted development rights, some experts have suggested.

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Why new driverless car technology could shake up placemaking

Why new driverless car technology could shake up placemaking

A commitment in the Queen's Speech to push forward with a roll-out of driverless cars, also known as autonomous vehicles, could have huge implications for planners and place-making, according to experts.

How applicants and communities are responding to new wind farm tests

How applicants and communities are responding to new wind farm tests

The government has taken further steps to meet a manifesto commitment to 'halt the spread of onshore wind farms', but emerging evidence suggests that developers and communities are finding ways to navigate the tough new rules.

Changes to conditions must respect their reassurance value, by Richard Garlick

Changes to conditions must respect their reassurance value, by Richard Garlick

This government, and the coalition that preceded it, has maintained a relentless churn of legislative change to the planning system. Last week's Queen's Speech made clear that this is to continue.

How we did it: Preparing a local plan in just two years

How we did it: Preparing a local plan in just two years

Making a local plan doesn't have to be a drawn-out process, say planners who worked on Hounslow's document. Winnie Agbonlahor reports.

Policy Briefing: Changes to permitted development rights

Policy Briefing: Changes to permitted development rights

New and revised permitted development rights will renew faith in this method of residential conversion, says Fiona Flint.

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