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Plans for 68-storey tower in Croydon town centre given go-ahead

Plans for 68-storey tower in Croydon town centre given go-ahead

Plans for what would be one of the UK's tallest buildings have been approved in Croydon, despite Greater London Authority (GLA) concerns over a 'wholly unacceptable' lack of affordable housing.

Inspector allows 285 Northumberland homes after finding strategy withdrawal leaves 'vacuum'

Inspector allows 285 Northumberland homes after finding strategy withdrawal leaves 'vacuum'

A planning inspector has granted permission for nearly 300 homes in Northumberland, after finding that the recent withdrawal of the authority's core strategy from examination and its lack of a five-year housing supply had left a 'vacuum', resulting in 'little planned basis on which to identify suitable locations for development'.

Government introduces measures to speed up compulsory purchase

Government introduces measures to speed up compulsory purchase

A new package of measures intended to simplify and speed up the compulsory purchase process has been introduced by the government.

Cheshire East declares five new air quality action zones following data correction

Cheshire East declares five new air quality action zones following data correction

A Cheshire council has declared five new zones where pollution exceeds government targets as a result of correcting air quality data that was underreported in mysterious circumstances, Planning can reveal.

GPDO In Depth & Comment

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.

How the DCLG aims to make the viability process simpler

How the DCLG aims to make the viability process simpler

Government proposals to reduce the need for viability assessments by making clear that where local plan policy requirements have been tested for viability the issue should not be tested again at the application stage have puzzled experts, who believe the plans mirror the existing approach.

Shock and crisis recovery in spatial planning, by David Marlow

Shock and crisis recovery in spatial planning, by David Marlow

At very short notice I have been asked to assist the British Overseas Territories (OTs) of Anguilla, British Virgin Islands (BVI), and Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) with recovery planning post-Hurricane Irma.

Why police are investigating attempts to doctor a council's air quality data

Why police are investigating attempts to doctor a council's air quality data

Did a desire to manipulate the planning process cause Cheshire air quality data to be doctored, asks Catherine Early.


Policy Briefings

Policy Summary: Guidance on the standard data format for preparing a brownfield register

Policy Summary: Guidance on the standard data format for preparing a brownfield register

Policy: Brownfield Land Registers Data Standard: Preparing and Publishing a Register.

Policy Briefing: How London's environmental strategy could affect planners

Policy Briefing: How London's environmental strategy could affect planners

The challenges in making London the first National Park City can be overcome with careful planning, says Ben Kite.

Policy Summary: A reminder to planners to stay up-to-date with security risks when preparing policies

Policy Summary: A reminder to planners to stay up-to-date with security risks when preparing policies

Policy: Chief planner's letter about security and planning.

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