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Exclusive: Sharp rise in appeals to allow 'outstanding' country homes

Exclusive: Sharp rise in appeals to allow 'outstanding' country homes

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.

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Deadline approaching for British Homes Awards

Deadline approaching for British Homes Awards

The deadline for entries for the British Homes Awards 2017 is tomorrow (June 14).

Google submits application for new King's Cross headquarters

Google submits application for new King's Cross headquarters

Tech giant Google has submitted a planning application for a new 92,000 square metre UK headquarters building at London's King's Cross.

Report calls for revision of London daylight guidance to boost development densities

Report calls for revision of London daylight guidance to boost development densities

London needs new planning guidance on daylight and sunlight and there needs to be a 'new approach to design and masterplanning of sites to optimise daylight', a report has recommended.

Preferred team announced for Old Oak masterplan

Preferred team announced for Old Oak masterplan

A consortium of consultants led by AECOM has been announced as preferred bidder to develop a masterplan for the Old Oak area of west London.

Khan pulls plug on London's controversial 'Garden Bridge' project

Khan pulls plug on London's controversial 'Garden Bridge' project

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said he will not provide the financial guarantees required to allow work to begin on the controversial 'Garden Bridge' project, casting the future of the project into doubt.

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Planning for custom build and community-led housing, by Chris Brown

The irrational fear of the unknown is a powerful barrier to positive change not least in planning for housing delivery.

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Individuals can still make a difference, for good or ill, by Chris Brown

Sometimes events happen in serendipitous sequence.

The sector needs more skilled urban designers, by Chris Brown

I had one depressing and one encouraging place-making experience last week. The depressing experience was at a design review panel for a local authority-led scheme. The positive experience was in a meeting with an academic teaching urban design and urbanism.

Design should be the focus for housing delivery, by Chris Brown

Design quality seems to becoming back into policy vogue in government, and the Housing White Paper observes that "73 per cent of people say they would support the building of more homes if well designed and in keeping with their local area".

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Blame for bad design can't be pinned on planners, by Chris Brown

There will be a couple of developers - namely Genr8 and Berkeley - breathing small sighs of relief at the moment, having narrowly dodged the bullet of winning the Carbuncle Cup.

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Investing in design is in developers' best interests

Last week at the Housing Design Awards, the speculative housebuilders that build the majority of our new homes and places managed to scoop only a small proportion of the prizes for creating the best designed schemes. Development firm Countryside was the honourable exception.

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Exceptional properties: What impact has the so-called 'Gummers Law' had on decision makers?

Exceptional properties: What impact has the so-called 'Gummers Law' had on decision makers?

In 1997, a controversial new planning policy was introduced that allowed new homes in the countryside to be built providing they were of outstanding architectural quality. Two decades on, David Dewar examines the impact of so-called 'Gummer's Law'.

Policy Briefing: What pub protection rule changes mean for planners

Policy Briefing: What pub protection rule changes mean for planners

Changes to permitted development rights for pubs should make it easier for councils to protect them, says Dinny Shaw.

Planning Awards Preview: Prize prospects

Planning Awards Preview: Prize prospects

With the Planning Awards only three weeks away, we take a closer look at some of the shortlisted entries in the first of two preview articles.

How four new technologies are set to change planning

How four new technologies are set to change planning

Technological innovations that are already having a dramatic impact on our daily lives are set to have a major effect on planning, says Euan Mills.