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Infrastructure body presents blueprint for 'brain belt' new towns

Infrastructure body presents blueprint for 'brain belt' new towns

The secretary of state should step in to designate locations for new and expanded settlements in the 'brain belt' spanning Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes should the government and local authorities in the area fail to reach agreement, the government's infrastructure adviser has recommended.

Judge backs inspector over definition of 'isolated'

Judge backs inspector over definition of 'isolated'

A High Court judge had agreed with a planning inspector that a council used a too restrictive definition of the word 'isolated' when refusing permission for two new homes in the Essex countryside.

Javid places holding direction on Stevenage local plan

Javid places holding direction on Stevenage local plan

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has stepped in to prevent a Hertfordshire authority from adopting its draft local plan following a request from a local MP.

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How four Essex councils are seeking to deploy new development powers

How four Essex councils are seeking to deploy new development powers

The Essex authorities seeking to use new development corporation powers to deliver a string of garden communities believe that the status would help them assemble land and fend off speculative planning applications.

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