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Bromley publishes initial development levy plans

Bromley publishes initial development levy plans

One of the last London boroughs to introduce the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has taken its first step towards introducing the development tax.

Appeal Court dismisses developer's land supply challenge

Appeal Court dismisses developer's land supply challenge

The Court of Appeal has rejected a developer's legal challenge against a planning inspector's conclusion that a Leicestershire council was able to demonstrate a five year housing land supply, ruling that the inspector was 'well within the bounds of reasonable planning judgment'.

Leader slams the brakes on borough's green belt review

Leader slams the brakes on borough's green belt review

A West Midlands council leader has asked for a further report on the need for a green belt review following a core strategy consultation which outlined the need for such a study to take place.

Select committee to probe effectiveness of land value uplift capture mechanisms

Select committee to probe effectiveness of land value uplift capture mechanisms

A parliamentary inquiry has been launched into the effectiveness of methods to recoup increases in land value arising from planning permissions for the public purse.

Johnson moots plans for Anglo-French bridge across Channel

Johnson moots plans for Anglo-French bridge across Channel

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has suggested that a bridge could be built across the Channel to link England and France.

Latest Growth and Infrastructure Act Opinion

Go west to see the future of local plans, by Catriona Riddell

The West of England's draft spatial plan points the way ahead for local authorities considering joint plans.

Short-term political embarrassment must not blind ministers to the NIC's value, by Richard Garlick

A tumultuous post-Christmas period for the government departments leading on planning policy-making and their advisers began with the acrimonious resignation after Christmas of Lord Adonis, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission.

Steering the 'arc' to success, by Angus Walker

There was a flurry of activity in late 2017 surrounding the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge "arc" - the currently leaderless National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published its final report Partnering for Prosperity recommending a million new houses along its length, underpinned by a new fast road and railway.

Whitehall not yet ready to wind down, by Richard Garlick

Activity in most planning offices around the country will presumably be beginning to taper down to the Christmas break. But the evidence suggests that the midnight oil continues to burn in Whitehall, as civil servants rush to meet commitments made by their political masters to progress certain policies before the turn of the year.

The case for 'upsprawling', by Chris Brown

It was both amusing and frustrating listening to James Murray, deputy mayor for Housing in London, and Grant Shapps, former housing minister, debating the new London Plan.

Authorities are under increasing pressure to sign up to larger-than-local plans, by Richard Garlick

Strategic planning across areas larger than a single local authority was anathema to the coalition government's champions of localism. When then communities secretary Eric Pickles announced that he was abolishing the regional spatial strategies (RSSs) that required such larger-than-local work, he said that he was freeing communities from "failed Soviet-style top-down planning targets".

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Growth and Infrastructure Act: a primer

Growth and Infrastructure Act: a primer

On 6 September 2012 the government announced a fresh wave of planning reforms aimed at stimulating the housing market and driving economic growth. This page collates all the key events as details on the reforms.

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