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Council plans outdoor adventure park near Sheffield City Centre

Council plans outdoor adventure park near Sheffield City Centre

Plans have been announced to develop a outdoor leisure destination on the site of a former ski village close to Sheffield city centre.

Lancaster proposes 1,500 green belt homes in draft local plan

Lancaster proposes 1,500 green belt homes in draft local plan

Lancaster City Council has published a draft local plan which is intended to support the delivery of more than 13,500 homes in the city in the next 15 years - including 1,500 on green belt land.

Javid approves Lancashire edge-of-town supermarket

Javid approves Lancashire edge-of-town supermarket

The communities secretary has approved plans for a supermarket on the edge of Southport in Lancashire, after he agreed with an inspector that the scheme's 'impact on the vitality and viability of the town centre would not be significantly adverse'.

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Why you should enter the Planning Awards

Why you should enter the Planning Awards

Winning a Planning Award can enhance your team's reputation and provide a morale boost to staff, previous winners say.

2016: The year in headlines

2016: The year in headlines

The biggest planning stories to make the news over the past year are remembered by John Geoghegan.

Policy Summary: The proposed route for HS2's nothern section

Policy Summary: The proposed route for HS2's nothern section

Policy: High Speed Two: From Crewe to Manchester, the West Midlands to Leeds and beyond.

Three lessons from our event on post-Brexit planning

Three lessons from our event on post-Brexit planning

Planning rules based on European law are likely to take many years to change despite the Brexit vote, a London conference organised by Planning heard yesterday. Here are three key messages to emerge from the event.


Latest Comment

Look harder at involving the public, by Cliff Hague

Public participation has received surprisingly little real scrutiny. When the landmark Skeffington Report on public participation in planning was published in 1969, I wrote that the idea was strongly influenced by practices in the USA. However, there was little UK analysis of the American initiatives.

Next year could see an unprecedented seizure of powers from councils, by Jamie Carpenter

A regime that penalises councils for taking too long to decide planning applications has so far seen sanctions imposed on only a handful of authorities.

Will depot mistake derail Old Oak Common vision, by Joey Gardiner

Ever since former London mayor Boris Johnson set up Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) last year, the body has been touting its scheme as the UK's largest regeneration project.

Reports of the demise of Khan's affordable housing goal are exaggerated, by Richard Garlick

Recently, London mayor Sadiq Khan has been stressing that his pledge to make half of all new London homes 'genuinely affordable' is a 'long-term strategic aim' rather than an immediately deliverable goal.

Planning for globalisation in the Brexit era, by David Marlow

How will globalisation affect local planners in the Trump and Brexit era? On the one hand, there have been suggestions that we will see lower economic growth and reduced demand for housing if government seeks to restrict immigration numbers.

Chancellor's cautious but positive statement, by Richard Garlick

Contrary to some expectations, there was no housing white paper published as part of the Autumn Statement.

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