Controversial plans to extend a quarry in south Wales have been approved after planners concluded that there were 'no reasonable grounds' to reject them.
The communities secretary has blocked plans for up to 100 homes at a site in Herefordshire after concluding that the development would be contrary to an emerging neighbourhood plan, despite the local authority being unable to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.
A final planning decision is still years away, the door could be left open for Gatwick expansion and a third runway could impact west London housing and employment forecasts.
Plans have been approved for a holiday and leisure park on a 38-hectare site in Cornwall, despite the loss of 21.5 hectares of 'best and most versatile' farmland.
Reaction to the news that the government has come down on the side of expanding Heathrow to increase airport capacity in the South East dominates today's newspaper round-up.
The National Infrastructure Commission was conceived by former chancellor George Osborne as an independent body that would define the country's infrastructure needs, and 'hold feet to the fire' if they were not met.
Picture the scene. The Prime Minister has announced that a new flagship hub airport is to be built in north Kent. Flanked by transport secretary Chris Grayling, she walked across derelict land on the Isle of Grain in a scene reminiscent of the Thatcher 'walk in the wilderness' on Teesside some 30 years ago.
Recent columns have presented a series of arguments on changes to the economic underpinnings of strategic spatial planning in the aftermath of the European Union referendum.
A government review of 'regional focus' is widely rumoured to be complementing the higher profile reformulation of industrial strategy.
Theresa May's government has already shown that it is prepared to change the course of planning policy set by its predecessor. The dropping of the plan to make the National Infrastructure Commission a statutory body was a clear demonstration of a fresh approach.
For the first time in six years, we are moving towards the return of effective strategic planning, with more local authorities working together to develop a shared approach to long term priorities.
- Lead Advisor, Cities Programme Design Council London
- Planning Assistant Wirral Council Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 8ED
- Graduate Town Planner Allen & York Ltd Portsmouth, Hampshire
- 2 x Planning Officer Horsham District Council Horsham, West Sussex
- Principal Planning Officer – Projects Horsham District Council Horsham, West Sussex
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.