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Government agrees to bill change to strengthen protections for pubs

Government agrees to bill change to strengthen protections for pubs

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has agreed to amend the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to remove permitted development rights from pubs ahead of the bill's return to the House of Commons tomorrow.

'Permission in principle' for newly allocated housing sites to come into force next month

'Permission in principle' for newly allocated housing sites to come into force next month

The Housing and Planning Act's 'permission in principle' for sites allocated for housing will come into force on April 15, according to a statutory instrument published by the government yesterday.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

Policy summary: Changes to school permitted development rights

Policy summary: Changes to school permitted development rights

Policy: Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2017.

Interview: Gavin Barwell, minister for housing and planning

Interview: Gavin Barwell, minister for housing and planning

The minister on why he won't immediately be intervening to write local plans, still intends to introduce a permitted development right for offices to be demolished to make way for homes and the delayed decision on the Bradford core strategy.

Policy Briefing: What build to rent policy changes mean for planners

Policy Briefing: What build to rent policy changes mean for planners

Government proposals to strengthen build to rent should provide certainty for councils and developers, says Kathryn Hampton.

How Bill amendment would strengthen planning protections for pubs

How Bill amendment would strengthen planning protections for pubs

Peers have amended the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to remove permitted development rights from pubs following concerns over the effectiveness of a recent move to strengthen planning protections for public houses nominated as community assets.

Policy Briefing: Why planners need to know about air quality policy

Policy Briefing: Why planners need to know about air quality policy

With air pollution receiving greater attention, planners need to give increasing consideration to the issue, says Justine Thornton QC.

The implications of the government's density drive

The implications of the government's density drive

The Housing White Paper's move to densify development reverses a direction set by the coalition government. Experts welcome the flexibility of the approach. But some highlight potential threats to design quality, while others question the extent of its impact.

Developers shrug off White Paper threats, by Joey Gardiner

Developers shrug off White Paper threats, by Joey Gardiner

This month's Housing White Paper included a suite of measures designed to speed up the rate at which developers build out planning permissions.

Policy Summary: White Paper moots updating policies on neighbourhood planning and design

Policy Summary: White Paper moots updating policies on neighbourhood planning and design

Policy: Proposals to Amend Neighbourhood Planning and Design Policies in the Housing White Paper.


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