Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has suggested that a bridge could be built across the Channel to link England and France.
A report that a councillor has been fined by her own authority after a planning breach features in today's newspaper round-up
Roberta Blackman-Woods has returned to her role as Labour's shadow planning minister following a reshuffle on the opposition benches.
- 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
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: The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
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.
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.
The West of England's draft spatial plan points the way ahead for local authorities considering joint plans.
The planning system is often criticised for the slow pace at which it adjusts to changing markets.
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.
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.
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.
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  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".