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Land deal could help deliver new Everton stadium

Land deal could help deliver new Everton stadium

Reports that Everton Football Club's plans for a new stadium could take a significant step forward if Liverpool City Council signs off a land deal with the club next week feature in today's newspaper round-up.

New Welsh household projections show lower rate of growth

New Welsh household projections show lower rate of growth

New Welsh government household projections show a lower rate of growth compared to previous figures.

'Permission in principle' for newly allocated housing sites to come into force next month

'Permission in principle' for newly allocated housing sites to come into force next month

The Housing and Planning Act's 'permission in principle' for sites allocated for housing will come into force on April 15, according to a statutory instrument published by the government yesterday.

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The Planning Law Survey 2017: Two decades of excellence

The Planning Law Survey 2017: Two decades of excellence

With the Planning Law Survey now 20 years old, Bryan Johnston looks at law firms and barristers that have sustained a high position in the rankings.

Policy summary: Changes to school permitted development rights

Policy summary: Changes to school permitted development rights

Policy: Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2017.

The Planning Law Survey: The top law firms and solicitors

The Planning Law Survey: The top law firms and solicitors

Our survey reveals which planning law firms and individual solicitors are most highly rated by their clients, the legal outfits with the most planning specialists and key moves in the sector. Bryan Johnston and John Geoghegan report.

Planning Law Survey: Barristers - Best of the bar

Planning Law Survey: Barristers - Best of the bar

Planning's exclusive survey reveals which barristers are most admired by solicitors and planning and development professionals. Mark Wilding looks at who is topping the tables this year and why.


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Councils may struggle to deliver extra capacity in return for fee rise, by Jamie Carpenter

When Gavin Barwell addressed the communities and local government select committee at the end of last month, he told its members that, on becoming planning minister last July, a "whole array of people were brought in to talk to me".

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The planning system is blind to the future, by Chris Brown

A fundamental flaw in the planning system is its almost complete inability to see into the future.

Clarification from PINS will not end uncertainty on small sites policy, by Jamie Carpenter

More than two years after former planning minister Brandon Lewis issued a controversial written ministerial statement (WMS) exempting small sites from affordable housing obligations, could a letter from the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) finally clear up how much weight should be attached to the policy?

NSIP regime expansion leaves stage set for fireworks or a damp squib, by Angus Walker

From 6 April 2017, it will be possible to include up to 500 houses in an application for a nationally significant infrastructure project, or crucially, a business or commercial project using the same regime. Will this mark a step-change in the use of development consent orders (DCOs), or will it remain an intriguing possibility?

Legal Viewpoint: Helping councils hold their nerve on purchase orders

A Supreme Court ruling last month demonstrates the complexities of compulsory purchase law. The court unpicked a 2015 Court of Appeal ruling overturning an Upper Tribunal decision on compensation for land in Rochdale acquired as part of a larger development scheme. It found that the Court of Appeal misapplied section 6 of the Land Compensation Act 1961.

The demographic case for bucking the trends, by David Marlow

I recently contributed to a workshop where the Local Authority Chief Executive opened proceedings by posing a place making challenge in these terms.

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