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Planning officers question Queen's Speech silence on compulsory purchase

Planning officers question Queen's Speech silence on compulsory purchase

The absence from the Queen's Speech of any promised legislation to make compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) easier for councils to use could hamper planning authorities ability to drive housing delivery, according to the organisation that represents senior planning officers.

Bedfordshire authority's draft plan explores green belt release options

Bedfordshire authority's draft plan explores green belt release options

A Bedfordshire council is set to open consultation on plans for up to 30,000 homes over the next 20 years, including potential releases of green belt land to accommodate unmet need from Luton.

Mayor 'furious' over change to Battersea affordable homes deal

Mayor 'furious' over change to Battersea affordable homes deal

London mayor Sadiq Khan has blasted Wandsworth Council after members voted through a change to the section 106 deal for the huge Battersea Power Station project that has deleted 250 promised affordable homes from earlier phases of the project and made them subject to an end-of-scheme viability review.

CIL Watch: Surrey authority proposes lower CIL rate for schemes in 'buffer zone'

CIL Watch: Surrey authority proposes lower CIL rate for schemes in 'buffer zone'

Residential developments near to a Special Protection Area (SPA) would be required to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge of more than £400 per square metre on top of an existing tariff intended to mitigate the effects of development on the designated landscape under proposals unveiled this week by a Surrey council.

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Legal Viewpoint: Neighbourhood plan backed on second home restrictions

Legal Viewpoint: Neighbourhood plan backed on second home restrictions

If the man travelling to St Ives in the nursery rhyme is planning to buy a new second home there with any or all of his seven wives, he has another thing coming.

The planning priorities set out in an unusual Queen's Speech, by Richard Garlick

The planning priorities set out in an unusual Queen's Speech, by Richard Garlick

With the future of the new government looking so uncertain, it was hard to take this week's Queen's Speech as seriously as usual.

How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

How We Did It: Drawing up a local heritage list

Volunteers in Kent have helped prepare a local list protecting heritage assets for their district council, reports David Dewar

What the new minister's record reveals about his view of planning

What the new minister's record reveals about his view of planning

Alok Sharma may be a largely unknown quantity in planning circles, but some clues can be gleaned from his past record as to how he will approach the role of housing and planning minister.


Policy Briefings

Policy Summary: Scottish government regulations implementing rise in application fees

Policy Summary: Scottish government regulations implementing rise in application fees

Policy: The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2017.

Policy Briefing: What does the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling mean for you?

Policy Briefing: What does the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling mean for you?

This landmark judgement should not be viewed by councils as a way to resist housing applications, says Simon Coop.

Policy Summary: Welsh government plans for mandatory sustainable urban drainage systems

Policy Summary: Welsh government plans for mandatory sustainable urban drainage systems

Policy: Implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems on New Developments - Consultation document.

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