While responsibility for fire safety does not lie with the planning system, planning committee members are nevertheless seeking extra assurances from applicants that tall building proposals are safe following last week's horrific blaze at the Grenfell Tower in west London.1 comment
The Planning Officers Society (POS) has appointed Steve Ingram as its new president.
The number of appeals that cite a controversial planning policy allowing new homes to be built in the countryside providing they are of 'outstanding' architectural quality has almost trebled since the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), exclusive research by Planning shows.1 comment
Milton Keynes Council's director of growth, economy and culture, Anna Rose, has been appointed as the new head of the Planning Advisory Service (PAS).
A claim that the Grenfall Tower disaster 'will feed into what has become a vicious debate' over the future of social housing estates in London features in today's newspaper round-up.
Overseas buyers have helped boost the number of new homes in London, including affordable housing, according to a new report commissioned by the Greater London Authority (GLA).1 comment
News that England's 'fastest-shrinking' district is proposing a housing target of 133 homes a year in its draft planning blueprint, despite latest official projections suggesting a loss of households over the plan period, features in the latest instalment of Local Plan Watch.
The number of councils failing to show a five-year housing land supply in appeals has dropped slightly, but some local planning authorities face major delivery obstacles, new research reveals.1 comment
An analysis of data from the first 350 neighbourhood plan referendums shows little sign that enthusiasm for neighbourhood planning is tailing off, but reveals significant regional variations in the number of votes that have been cast.
The level of affordable housing provision by rural councils has halved in the past five years, according to a new study by countryside lobby group the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).2 comments