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Housing land deliverability challenge fails

Plans for up to 175 houses, including 44 affordable homes, in the countryside outside the settlement boundary of a large village in Yorkshire were rejected after an inspector found no need to deviate from an adopted local plan.

Energy firm makes first payment to shale gas community benefit fund

Energy firm makes first payment to shale gas community benefit fund

Energy firm Cuadrilla has this week made its first community payment under a new scheme to provide local benefits in areas subject to shale gas exploration.

Drilling begins at Lancashire fracking site

Drilling begins at Lancashire fracking site

Reports that drilling has started on the first UK shale well for six years feature in today's newspaper round-up.

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Policy Summary: Neighbourhood plan status and scope for conditions covered in new regulations

Policy Summary: Neighbourhood plan status and scope for conditions covered in new regulations

POLICY: The Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 (Commencement No 1) Regulations 2017.

How much Community Infrastructure Levy money have councils actually spent?

How much Community Infrastructure Levy money have councils actually spent?

A Planning investigation reveals that councils have collected tens of millions of pounds in Community Infrastructure Levy receipts, but only a small proportion has so far been spent on infrastructure. John Geoghegan reports.

Why mayor's angry words over affordable housing negotiations may prove to be hollow

Why mayor's angry words over affordable housing negotiations may prove to be hollow

When London mayor Sadiq Khan blasted a borough council for agreeing a substantial reduction in the number of affordable homes in a major development, he was met with defiance.

How we did it: Boosting home delivery via local plan

How we did it: Boosting home delivery via local plan

A Yorkshire council's local plan has won plaudits for its focus on raising build rates on home allocations. David Dewar reports.


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Why the planning wreckers can take the summer off, by Graeme Bell

Tis the silly season and what better way to celebrate the lazy, hazy days of summer than to think of something mad, like doing away with town planning?

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Retention of unspent CIL receipts is not in itself a sign of a problem, by Richard Garlick

The future of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which requires developers to contribute to infrastructure needed to support development across the planning authorities in which they build, is in doubt.

Holding onto sense of place in east London, by Ibrahim Michael Maiga

The many luxury flats being developed in prominent locations in Hackney, east London, give a strong sense that demographic change is accelerating.

Legal Viewpoint: Court sets limits on scope of prior approval regime

Prior approval is required for the exercise of some permitted development rights. Article 7 of the General Permitted Development (GPDO) Order 2015 provides that local planning authorities must issue an approval or determination within the period specified by schedule 2 of the order, within eight weeks where no period is specified, or as agreed by the applicant.

Planning for the many, not the few, by Cliff Hague

Amidst day to day pressures of handling planning applications, or responding to deadlines from clients, it is easy to forget that planning legislation and practice sit within a framework of universal human rights.

The case for consistency in planning decisions, by Bryan Johnston

While the mice are away, the cats will play. The start of the summer holidays, when normal folk should be heading for the beaches, is becoming the favoured time for central government to issue often controversial decisions on major projects.

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