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Developer fails to secure deallocation of Kent green belt site

Developer fails to secure deallocation of Kent green belt site

A High Court judge has blocked a developer's attempt to deallocate a green belt site in Kent in order to build a housing development for the elderly.

'Early 2017' local plan intervention threat still on table, DCLG confirms

'Early 2017' local plan intervention threat still on table, DCLG confirms

Local planning authorities could still risk intervention for failing to produce a local plan by early this year, despite this week's Housing White Paper making no specific reference to the 'early 2017' local plan deadline, the government has confirmed.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

Look outside the UK for inspiration, by Cliff Hague

Look outside the UK for inspiration, by Cliff Hague

Professor Sir Robert Grieve was the most venerated Scottish planner since 1945.

Policy Briefing: What to expect in the wake of Scotland's reform proposals

Policy Briefing: What to expect in the wake of Scotland's reform proposals

The Scottish government's planning reforms package could speed up decisions but carries potential risks, says Alastair Wood.

White paper measures reflect ministers' growing frustration, by Alex Morton

White paper measures reflect ministers' growing frustration, by Alex Morton

The most interesting point about the white paper was that despite the delays, it was not fully formed.

Policy Summary: Infrastructure commission explores impact of population changes on demand

Policy Summary: Infrastructure commission explores impact of population changes on demand

Policy: The Impact Of Population Change And Demography On Future Infrastructure Demand

How should planners respond to the industrial strategy?

How should planners respond to the industrial strategy?

Planners have an important contribution to make in response to the government's industrial strategy, says David Marlow.

How the housing white paper gives councils leeway on Starter Homes

How the housing white paper gives councils leeway on Starter Homes

Experts have welcomed the government's retreat from plans to oblige councils to ensure a fixed element of Starter Homes on housing sites, although some see continued uncertainty over the government's new approach to affordable provision.

A welcome white paper, but how much of it will be implemented? By Richard Garlick

A welcome white paper, but how much of it will be implemented? By Richard Garlick

Judged as an overview of the problems facing England's housing market, and a discussion paper on potential methods for solving them, the housing white paper is a solid piece of work.

Policy Briefing: What proposed environmental assessment changes mean

Policy Briefing: What proposed environmental assessment changes mean

Changes to environmental impact assessment rules could produce new burdens for councils and developers, James Alflatt predicts.


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