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Plans for 68-storey tower in Croydon town centre given go-ahead

Plans for 68-storey tower in Croydon town centre given go-ahead

Plans for what would be one of the UK's tallest buildings have been approved in Croydon, despite Greater London Authority (GLA) concerns over a 'wholly unacceptable' lack of affordable housing.

Inspector allows 285 Northumberland homes after finding strategy withdrawal leaves 'vacuum'

Inspector allows 285 Northumberland homes after finding strategy withdrawal leaves 'vacuum'

A planning inspector has granted permission for nearly 300 homes in Northumberland, after finding that the recent withdrawal of the authority's core strategy from examination and its lack of a five-year housing supply had left a 'vacuum', resulting in 'little planned basis on which to identify suitable locations for development'.

Government introduces measures to speed up compulsory purchase

Government introduces measures to speed up compulsory purchase

A new package of measures intended to simplify and speed up the compulsory purchase process has been introduced by the government.

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Forum: Fee query

Forum: Fee query

Q My client proposes to construct a concrete ring beam on the ground around three tennis courts to form the base of an inflatable dome for use each year from October to March. What application fee is payable? BH

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How councils are using proceeds of crime legislation to tackle planning breaches

How councils are using proceeds of crime legislation to tackle planning breaches

What lessons can be drawn from how the Proceeds of Crime Act has been used to prosecute planning breaches, Mark Wilding asks.

How we did it: Using a planning performance agreement

How we did it: Using a planning performance agreement

A performance agreement helped secure prompt permission for a Salford regeneration scheme. David Dewar reports.

Are planning obstacles holding back the roll-out of modular housing?

Are planning obstacles holding back the roll-out of modular housing?

The government wants to stimulate the growth of offsite manufactured housing to speed up housebuilding, but commentators say that work is needed to ensure that the planning system is geared up to enable the benefits of the new technology to be realised.

What new data reveals about the quality of local decision-making

What new data reveals about the quality of local decision-making

The local planning authorities identified by experimental government data as having the greatest proportion of major decisions overturned on appeal say that they intend to fight off the threat of designation under the special measures regime.


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Legal Viewpoint: Ruling supports conditions to boost local economies

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling supports conditions to boost local economies

The tension between the government's twin policy aims of housing delivery and localism has been well documented.

Legal Viewpoint: Amalgamation rulings point to greater focus on supply

Legal Viewpoint: Amalgamation rulings point to greater focus on supply

Two recent court rulings involving properties in Kensington and Chelsea highlight increasing scrutiny given to the housing supply backdrop on plans to amalgamate dwellings.

It's fair to ask taxpayers to help fund application processing, by Richard Garlick

It's fair to ask taxpayers to help fund application processing, by Richard Garlick

The government is absolutely right to have promised to raise fees for planning applications. They have not changed for five years, while the costs associated with processing them have continuously been rising.

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