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Government sets timetable for delivery of local authority air quality plans

Government sets timetable for delivery of local authority air quality plans

Local authorities will have to bring forward plans to improve air quality within eight months and produce final plans by the end of 2018, according to the government's air quality plan which was published today.

Decision times slip for major Scottish applications

Decision times slip for major Scottish applications

The average time taken to reach planning decisions on major schemes in Scotland has gone up by 19 per cent over the past year and is now at its slowest since the start of data collection for this area in 2012/13, latest official statistics reveal.

Go-ahead for 616-room City of London student housing scheme

Go-ahead for 616-room City of London student housing scheme

A plan to demolish vacant buildings to make way for a development involving 616 student rooms, offices, a cafe and an exhibition space for King's College London in the heart of London's financial district has been given the go-ahead.

Javid approves Essex plan two years after predecessor's intervention

Javid approves Essex plan two years after predecessor's intervention

An Essex local plan previously found unsound by a planning inspector over its failure to plan for the needs of travellers has been approved by the communities secretary Sajid Javid following an almost unprecedented intervention by his predecessor in 2015.

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The cash for homes policy that never was, by Shane Brownie

The cash for homes policy that never was, by Shane Brownie

Back in 2014, when Alex Morton was leading on housing policy in Downing Street, the former coalition government announced plans for a £3.5 million project to pilot 'development benefits' - financial payments to households with the aim of reducing opposition to new homes.

Legal Viewpoint: Court clarifies sustainable development presumption

Legal Viewpoint: Court clarifies sustainable development presumption

The Court of Appeal has rejected a generalised presumption in favour of sustainable development (PIFSD) in its ruling on an inspector's decision to approve Barwood Strategic Land's plans for up to 150 new homes in Staffordshire.

Local Plan Watch: Authorities grapple with green belt release

Local Plan Watch: Authorities grapple with green belt release

Warrington Borough Council's local plan review consultation is the latest to propose large-scale releases from the green belt in order to meet development needs.

The threat to the longevity of the NHS' healthy new towns, by Richard Garlick

The threat to the longevity of the NHS' healthy new towns, by Richard Garlick

The chair of the body that leads the National Health Service in England is a lifetime honorary member of the RTPI, Sir Malcolm Grant. Earlier this month he gave the annual lecture organised by the Town and Country Planning Association campaign group in memory of Sir Frederic J Osborn, who helped steer the creation of Welwyn Garden City.


Policy Briefings

Policy Briefing: What impact do overseas investors have on housing supply?

Policy Briefing: What impact do overseas investors have on housing supply?

The pros and cons of foreign investment in housing are examined by Matthew White.

Policy Summary: Advice on how to prepare a bid for the new round of Heritage Action Zones

Policy Summary: Advice on how to prepare a bid for the new round of Heritage Action Zones

Policy: Heritage Action Zone: Explanatory Notes and Guidance.

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about data protection

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about data protection

A lack of awareness of data protection rules by council planners can be costly, say Vin Bange and Al Watson.

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