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How Homes England means to make its mark on planning

How Homes England means to make its mark on planning

The rebranded agency has been given billions of new funds and a mandate to unleash its considerable statutory powers in pursuit of housing growth. Chief executive Nick Walkley says it will support proactive planning authorities and challenge the rest.

What the government's green plan could mean for planners

What the government's green plan could mean for planners

A new national strategy for the environment could bring benefits as long as careful attention is given to detailed arrangements for putting it into practice, conservation experts are warning.

10 things you need to know

10 things you need to know

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that a senior Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government civil servant has said that the government hopes to consult on the new revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) by the end of March.

Legal Viewpoint: Rooftop notification error leads to quashing of consent

Legal Viewpoint: Rooftop notification error leads to quashing of consent

Planning applications for rooftop extensions are increasingly popular, especially in densely populated cities where not enough land is being brought forward for new housing. A planning application can be made by anyone, even someone without an interest in the land, and without first obtaining consent from the owner.

GPDO In Depth & Comment

Go west to see the future of local plans, by Catriona Riddell

Go west to see the future of local plans, by Catriona Riddell

The West of England's draft spatial plan points the way ahead for local authorities considering joint plans.

Mayor's estate regeneration refusal is a political statement, by Chris Brown

Mayor's estate regeneration refusal is a political statement, by Chris Brown

The planning system is often criticised for the slow pace at which it adjusts to changing markets.

Why a fifth of councils missed the brownfield land register deadline

Why a fifth of councils missed the brownfield land register deadline

Most local authorities have hit the new year deadline to produce registers of brownfield land but views vary on how valuable they will prove in releasing sites for development.

Why permission in principle applications may be slow to appear

Why permission in principle applications may be slow to appear

Housebuilders will be able to apply for permission in principle on small sites from 1 June. While the new route may reduce risk, say commentators, it will not be cheaper than a conventional application and take-up of the option may prove slow.


Policy Briefings

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about fire safety

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about fire safety

Proposals to make fire safety a planning consideration will require planners to have a better understanding of the issue, say Mike Straw and Barry McAllister

Policy Summary: Regulations introduce new joint plan powers and review requirement

Policy Summary: Regulations introduce new joint plan powers and review requirement

Policy: The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about driverless cars

Planners need to start preparing now for the future impacts of autonomous vehicles, Matthew White suggests.

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