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Devolved strategic planning powers are included in an in-principle devolution deal agreed between the Sheffield City Region and the government.
Plans for a new station just outside of Worcester have been granted full planning permission after planners concluded that the proposals would deliver 'considerable' economic benefits.
Councils would be able to 'zone' which parts of their area could benefit from longer Sunday opening hours, under proposals in a government consultation, published today.
Locations of three new housing zones for London, earmarked for the delivery of around 6,000 homes, have been confirmed by mayor Boris Johnson.
The government wants simplified planning arrangements to be part of a new wave of enterprise zones in smaller towns and appropriate rural areas.
The chancellor held back his major planning announcements until after the deadline for this week's edition.
May's Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill and the first Lords debate on it last month failed to address the issues raised in my previous column (see related articles) on the need for a clear national spatial strategy and a context for strategic planning outside core cities. Instead, the bill presents fresh challenges, three of which this column will explore.
The post-election torrent of devolution announcements and proposals provides a challenging context for strategic planners.
The limitations of 'duty to cooperate' have long been described by this blog, amongst others.
Assiduous readers of this blog will know, at this time of year I try to combine historic reflections, a look to the future, with some seasonal cheer and humour.
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Plans to regenerate a long-derelict 25-hectare site in east London's Royal Docks could finally get off the ground thanks to a proposed Crossrail station and a planning deal between the developer and local authority.
Experts have said a new transport strategy for the north of England could affect local plans, which may need updating to take into account the economic activity and housing growth resulting from the proposals.
The Institute of Economic Development's annual conference took place in west London earlier this month. Here are five things we learned about planning and economic development at the event:
A group of enterprise zones remain without simplified planning regimes, 18 months after concerns were raised about take-up, Planning has learned.