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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.

Westminster announces delay to plan timetable in view of housing policy changes

Westminster announces delay to plan timetable in view of housing policy changes

Westminster City Council has this week announced a delay to the programme for revising its key planning blueprint, attributing the decision to new national and mayoral policy announcements on housing.

Only one in five consultants believe raising fees will boost council performance

Only one in five consultants believe raising fees will boost council performance

Only one in five planning consultants believe increased application fee rates will improve local authority performance, according to this year's Planning Consultancy Survey.

Legal challenge lodged against London mayor's affordable housing guidance

Legal challenge lodged against London mayor's affordable housing guidance

A legal challenge has been lodged against London mayor Sadiq Khan's flagship affordable housing policy, it has emerged today.

GPDO In Depth & Comment

How air quality is featuring in a growing number of disputes

How air quality is featuring in a growing number of disputes

Air quality is becoming a source of contention in planning decisions far more frequently, developing into an issue of increasing importance in a growing number of local disputes as well as affecting major infrastructure projects, according to experts.

Ministers must tackle the corrosive impact of viability appraisal concerns, by Jamie Carpenter

Ministers must tackle the corrosive impact of viability appraisal concerns, by Jamie Carpenter

Away from the main conference hall and the Prime Minister's mishap-strewn speech, one of the most compelling scenes to witness at last month's Conservative Party conference was the hard time given to the communities secretary by his own councillors over the use of viability assessments in the planning system.

The Planning Consultancy Survey 2017: Overview

The Planning Consultancy Survey 2017: Overview

Despite gloomy economic expectations, consultants report continued high growth in demand for advice on housing. John Geoghegan reports.

The Planning Consultancy Survey 2017: Market Sector Commentary

The Planning Consultancy Survey 2017: Market Sector Commentary

Leading consultants reflect on which sectors have shown growth and decline in this year's consultancy survey. Adam Branson reports.


Policy Briefings

Policy Summary: Regulations aiming to clear the way for across-the-board increase in application fees

Policy Summary: Regulations aiming to clear the way for across-the-board increase in application fees

Policy: Draft Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

Policy Briefing: What neighbourhood housing need change means for you

Policy Briefing: What neighbourhood housing need change means for you

The requirement to provide neighbourhood housing need figures could further stretch under-pressure planners, warns Sean Lewis.

Policy Summary: Scottish government advice for councils determining build-to-rent developments

Policy Summary: Scottish government advice for councils determining build-to-rent developments

Policy: Planning Delivery Advice: Build-To-Rent

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