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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.

Councillor fined by her own authority for planning breach

Councillor fined by her own authority for planning breach

A report that a councillor has been fined by her own authority after a planning breach features in today's newspaper round-up

Blackman-Woods returns to shadow planning minister role

Blackman-Woods returns to shadow planning minister role

Roberta Blackman-Woods has returned to her role as Labour's shadow planning minister following a reshuffle on the opposition benches.

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Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about fire safety

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about fire safety

Proposals to make fire safety a planning consideration will require planners to have a better understanding of the issue, say Mike Straw and Barry McAllister

Policy Summary: Regulations introduce new joint plan powers and review requirement

Policy Summary: Regulations introduce new joint plan powers and review requirement

Policy: The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

Why a fifth of councils missed the brownfield land register deadline

Why a fifth of councils missed the brownfield land register deadline

Most local authorities have hit the new year deadline to produce registers of brownfield land but views vary on how valuable they will prove in releasing sites for development.

Why permission in principle applications may be slow to appear

Why permission in principle applications may be slow to appear

Housebuilders will be able to apply for permission in principle on small sites from 1 June. While the new route may reduce risk, say commentators, it will not be cheaper than a conventional application and take-up of the option may prove slow.


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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.

Mayor's estate regeneration refusal is a political statement, by Chris Brown

The planning system is often criticised for the slow pace at which it adjusts to changing markets.

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.

Claims of corruption are flimsy, by Richard Garlick

However far-fetched or ill-founded it may sound, an article in a national newspaper by a former senior policy adviser to a recent Prime Minister alleging "endemic" corruption in council planning departments across Britain cannot simply be laughed off.

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.

Legal Viewpoint: Judge clarifies duties on application amendments

When do councils need to reconsult if a developer amends a planning application? The principle laid down in Wheatcroft v Secretary of State for the Environment and Another [1980] is that a permissible change to a planning application is one that does not make the application "in substance not that which was applied for".

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