Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has announced new measures that will make it easier to turn underused office buildings into new homes.
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Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has issued an apology for a scathing decision letter that slammed a council's appeal cost application as 'pathetic' and 'frivolous'.
An examiner's decision last month to back the Highgate Neighbourhood Plan in London clears the way for the first cross-boundary neighbourhood plan in the capital to proceed to a referendum.
More local planning authorities are likely to seek to levy affordable housing contributions on small sites following an attempt by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to clarify the issue, according to experts.
A planning application has been submitted for a 3,200-home urban extension to Basingstoke, which its backers claim is one of the largest housing developments in the South East on public land.
Planning's exclusive survey reveals which barristers are most admired by solicitors and planning and development professionals. Mark Wilding looks at who is topping the tables this year and why.
When Gavin Barwell addressed the communities and local government select committee at the end of last month, he told its members that, on becoming planning minister last July, a "whole array of people were brought in to talk to me".
A fundamental flaw in the planning system is its almost complete inability to see into the future.
Our survey reveals which planning law firms and individual solicitors are most highly rated by their clients, the legal outfits with the most planning specialists and key moves in the sector. Bryan Johnston and John Geoghegan report.
Policy: Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2017.
Government proposals to strengthen build to rent should provide certainty for councils and developers, says Kathryn Hampton.
Policy: Government Response to the Rural Planning Review Call for Evidence.