One of the last London boroughs to introduce the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has taken its first step towards introducing the development tax.
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'.
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.
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.
Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has suggested that a bridge could be built across the Channel to link England and France.
The West of England's draft spatial plan points the way ahead for local authorities considering joint plans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
- Planner – Significant Projects and Infrastructure Canal & River Trust Birmingham, West Midlands
- Town Planning Director Blayze Group London
- Senior Policy Planner Dartford Borough Council Dartford, Kent
- 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
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.