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Government considers brownfield register sanctions

Government considers brownfield register sanctions

EXCLUSIVE The government has indicated for the first time that it could use sanctions to spur local planning authorities to prepare brownfield land registers.

Infrastructure body presents blueprint for 'brain belt' new towns

Infrastructure body presents blueprint for 'brain belt' new towns

The secretary of state should step in to designate locations for new and expanded settlements in the 'brain belt' spanning Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes should the government and local authorities in the area fail to reach agreement, the government's infrastructure adviser has recommended.

Only one in five consultants believe raising fees will boost council performance

Only one in five consultants believe raising fees will boost council performance

Only one in five planning consultants believe increased application fee rates will improve local authority performance, according to this year's Planning Consultancy Survey.

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Policy Summary: Regulations aiming to clear the way for across-the-board increase in application fees

Policy Summary: Regulations aiming to clear the way for across-the-board increase in application fees

Policy: Draft Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

The Planning Consultancy Survey 2017: the UK's leading employers

The Planning Consultancy Survey 2017: the UK's leading employers

Consultancies have reported further rises in staff numbers in the past year, particularly among the larger firms, with many showing growth in their regional offices, Adam Branson reports.

The Planning Consultancy Survey 2017: the major fee-earners

The Planning Consultancy Survey 2017: the major fee-earners

Fee income figures are up again this year at most planning consultancies, who highlight greenfield housing and transport as key growth sectors. Adam Branson reports.

The Planning Consultancy Survey 2017: Market Sector Commentary

The Planning Consultancy Survey 2017: Market Sector Commentary

Leading consultants reflect on which sectors have shown growth and decline in this year's consultancy survey. Adam Branson reports.


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Towards a place-based industrial strategy, by David Marlow

With the government's long overdue follow up to the industrial strategy green paper imminent, the release of the final report of the Industrial Strategy Commission provides a strong scene-setting lens through which to consider the government's eventual policy and funding announcements. What are the potential implications for local planning authorities?

Ministers must tackle the corrosive impact of viability appraisal concerns, by Jamie Carpenter

Away from the main conference hall and the Prime Minister's mishap-strewn speech, one of the most compelling scenes to witness at last month's Conservative Party conference was the hard time given to the communities secretary by his own councillors over the use of viability assessments in the planning system.

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling highlights scope for error on repeat conditions

A recent High Court decision on a case in London highlights how complex section 73 permissions can be and how errors can so easily be made when granting permission and applying conditions.

'Duty to agree' will be the last straw for some councils, by Catriona Riddell

Since the government's latest consultation on measures to boost housing supply in England, Planning for the right homes in the right places, there has been a lot of debate about the proposed new methodology for assessing housing need.

Air quality uncertainty is now a serious concern for infrastructure promoters, by Richard Garlick

Delays in decision-making on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) used to be an exceptional circumstance. Only one of the first 42 decisions missed the three month decision deadline. But suddenly they are becoming commonplace.

The government should get on with introducing the next round of the fee rise, by Richard Garlick

At last, the regulations that are intended to enable local planning authorities to raise application fees by 20 per cent have been laid before Parliament.

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