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Judge backs enforcement against green belt breach, despite Prime Minister's concerns

Judge backs enforcement against green belt breach, despite Prime Minister's concerns

A judge has issued an injunction against the 'wilful' breach of planning rules in the Berkshire green belt, backing enforcement action despite calls from Prime Minister Theresa May, the area's MP, for it to be dropped.

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Barwell seeks 'honest' recognition of new homes requirements

Barwell seeks 'honest' recognition of new homes requirements

Planning minister Gavin Barwell has said he wants to 'build a national consensus' about how to estimate housing requirements, so that local plans start from 'an honest assessment' of housing need.

Plans approved for 130 West Sussex homes despite neighbourhood plan clash

Plans approved for 130 West Sussex homes despite neighbourhood plan clash

Plans have been approved for 130 homes on the edge of a town in West Sussex - contrary to policies in a neighbourhood plan - after planners found that the local council could not demonstrate a five or 'even a three-year' housing land supply.

Crossrail development tariff 'on track' to deliver funding target

Crossrail development tariff 'on track' to deliver funding target

Receipts from London mayoral development tariffs intended to fund the Crossrail infrastructure project are 'on track' to raise a £600 million target by March 2019, a review has concluded.

Plans for Brent Cross revamp 'to be submitted within weeks'

Plans for Brent Cross revamp 'to be submitted within weeks'

Reports that property firm Hammerson is set to submit plans for the overhaul of Brent Cross shopping centre 'within weeks' feature in today's newspaper round-up.


What proposals to replace CIL would mean for applicants and authorities

What proposals to replace CIL would mean for applicants and authorities

A system put forward by a government-commissioned review to replace the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) would see all development face a low-level charge, with no - or very few - exemptions, the removal of the need for an examination process, and a mandatory requirement placed on town halls to adopt the new mechanism.

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Will plans to charge for appeals discourage legitimate challenges?

Will plans to charge for appeals discourage legitimate challenges?

Housing White Paper proposals to introduce a fee of up to £2,000 for making an appeal are unlikely to deter applicants from making legitimate appeals and could provide additional income for the Planning Inspectorate to employ inspectors, observers say.

How a devolution of powers will affect Welsh energy projects

How a devolution of powers will affect Welsh energy projects

Major energy projects in Wales will soon benefit from a simplification of the planning regime following the devolution of powers from Westminster.

Ministers' political priorities for CIL have blunted its effectiveness, by Jamie Carpenter

Ministers' political priorities for CIL have blunted its effectiveness, by Jamie Carpenter

In a book published a couple of years ago, the former Labour home secretary Charles Clarke explored the concept of the 'too difficult box'. The book's chapters examine seemingly intractable issues such as social care funding, pensions and media regulation, which politicians are unable to crack.

How we did it: Moving solar farm to protect grassland

How we did it: Moving solar farm to protect grassland

An energy firm worked with Natural England to protect sensitive Dorset downland by relocating a solar farm. David Dewar reports.

Policy Briefing: What to expect in the wake of Scotland's reform proposals

Policy Briefing: What to expect in the wake of Scotland's reform proposals

The Scottish government's planning reforms package could speed up decisions but carries potential risks, says Alastair Wood.

Look outside the UK for inspiration, by Cliff Hague

Look outside the UK for inspiration, by Cliff Hague

Professor Sir Robert Grieve was the most venerated Scottish planner since 1945.

Legal Viewpoint: Case confirms approach to calculating housing need

Legal Viewpoint: Case confirms approach to calculating housing need

Last month, an inspector reaffirmed that unconstrained objectively assessed need (OAN) applies in the absence of an up-to-date plan.

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