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Planning officers question Queen's Speech silence on compulsory purchase

Planning officers question Queen's Speech silence on compulsory purchase

The absence from the Queen's Speech of any promised legislation to make compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) easier for councils to use could hamper planning authorities ability to drive housing delivery, according to the organisation that represents senior planning officers.

The key planning issues raised by the Grenfell Tower blaze

The key planning issues raised by the Grenfell Tower blaze

While responsibility for fire safety does not lie with the planning system, planning committee members are nevertheless seeking extra assurances from applicants that tall building proposals are safe following last week's horrific blaze at the Grenfell Tower in west London.

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The planning priorities set out in an unusual Queen's Speech, by Richard Garlick

The planning priorities set out in an unusual Queen's Speech, by Richard Garlick

With the future of the new government looking so uncertain, it was hard to take this week's Queen's Speech as seriously as usual.

The government's policy-making will be seriously constrained, by Richard Garlick

The government's policy-making will be seriously constrained, by Richard Garlick

The play This House, which recently finished a long run at the Garrick Theatre, must be one of the most unlikely ever West End hits, given that its subject matter is life in the parliamentary whips' offices in the mid-1970s.

Policy Summary: Scottish government regulations implementing rise in application fees

Policy Summary: Scottish government regulations implementing rise in application fees

Policy: The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2017.

Minority government must not allow backbenchers to impose planning paralysis, by Richard Garlick

Minority government must not allow backbenchers to impose planning paralysis, by Richard Garlick

In purely practical terms, the hung Parliament is likely to make planning issues even more intractable.

There is a dearth of commitment in the manifestos to fund affordable housing, by Richard Garlick

There is a dearth of commitment in the manifestos to fund affordable housing, by Richard Garlick

Almost two-thirds of English local authorities say that the need for affordable housing in their areas is "severe", according to research published last week by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE), a local government network, and conducted by campaign group the Town and Country Planning Association.

Policy Summary: Welsh government plans for mandatory sustainable urban drainage systems

Policy Summary: Welsh government plans for mandatory sustainable urban drainage systems

Policy: Implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems on New Developments - Consultation document.

Why campaigners want ministers to go further on new towns powers

Why campaigners want ministers to go further on new towns powers

Ministers at the communities department have decided against a thorough overhaul of new towns legislation if the Conservative Party forms the next government, Planning understands.

Policy Briefing: What pub protection rule changes mean for planners

Policy Briefing: What pub protection rule changes mean for planners

Changes to permitted development rights for pubs should make it easier for councils to protect them, says Dinny Shaw.


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