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
The deadline for entries for the British Homes Awards 2017 is tomorrow (June 14).
Tech giant Google has submitted a planning application for a new 92,000 square metre UK headquarters building at London's King's Cross.
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.
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.
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.
The irrational fear of the unknown is a powerful barrier to positive change not least in planning for housing delivery.1 comment
Sometimes events happen in serendipitous sequence.
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 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".1 comment
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.1 comment
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.
- Planning Officer Hastings Borough Council Hastings, East Sussex
- Area Development Manager (Outer) Norwich City Council Norwich, Norfolk
- Senior Compliance and Enforcement Officer Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Basingstoke, Hampshire
- Development Specialist Aylesbury Vale District Council Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
- Planning Inspector (Planning Enforcement Team) Westminster City Council City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP
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'.
Changes to permitted development rights for pubs should make it easier for councils to protect them, says Dinny Shaw.
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.
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.