Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has announced new measures that will make it easier to turn underused office buildings into new homes.
- Planner – Significant Projects and Infrastructure Canal & River Trust Birmingham, West Midlands
- Head of Planning Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council Hinckley, Leicestershire
- King’s Lynn Heritage Action Zone Programme Manager Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk King's Lynn, Norfolk
- Senior Planning Officer Central Bedfordshire Council Bedfordshire
- Town Planner Macdonald & Co London (Central), London (Greater)
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.
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.
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.
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.
The West of England's draft spatial plan points the way ahead for local authorities considering joint plans.
The planning system is often criticised for the slow pace at which it adjusts to changing markets.
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.
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.
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: The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
Planners need to start preparing now for the future impacts of autonomous vehicles, Matthew White suggests.