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Neighbourhood Planning Bill signed into law

Neighbourhood Planning Bill signed into law

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill was among a group of 22 bills to receive Royal Assent yesterday evening ahead of the dissolution of Parliament next week.

What the snap poll means for the government's programme of planning policy changes

What the snap poll means for the government's programme of planning policy changes

Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election could see changes to timetables for the implementation of key changes to the planning system, according to experts.

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Finalised bill offers prospect of better land value capture, by Richard Garlick

Finalised bill offers prospect of better land value capture, by Richard Garlick

Barring an unforeseen mishap, the Neighbourhood Planning Bill will receive royal assent before Parliament is dissolved next week.

How the 'Great Repeal Bill' could affect the planning system

How the 'Great Repeal Bill' could affect the planning system

Environmentalists fear that plans to write existing European Union (EU) regulations into UK law could result in a weakening of environmental protections, but experts believe that the government will be too preoccupied with the technicalities of Brexit to attempt significant change.

The government goes into the election with unfinished work on its hands, by Richard Garlick

The government goes into the election with unfinished work on its hands, by Richard Garlick

Unless Theresa May has made a political miscalculation to equal her predecessor's promise to hold a referendum on leaving the European Union, we will have a general election on June 8. What does this mean for the planning sector?

Planning practice guidance needs re-writing, by Chris Brown

Planning practice guidance needs re-writing, by Chris Brown

There seems to be a dysfunction within planning policy. The government wants more homes built more quickly and it now, according to the the Housing White Paper, understands that the speculative housebuilder business model of unloved standard house types is the main culprit in the slow pace of sales and therefore supply.

Policy Summary: Route-wide order approves matters ancillary to HS2 construction

Policy Summary: Route-wide order approves matters ancillary to HS2 construction

Policy: High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Act 2017: Government Response to the Consultation on the Draft Class Approval for Matters Ancillary to Development under Schedule 17.

Policy Briefing: What are the facts about  land banking?

Policy Briefing: What are the facts about land banking?

Can land banking explain the gap between the number of permissions issued and the number of homes built, asks Jamie McKie.

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about modular housing

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about modular housing

The growth of modular housing means planners will need to consider issues around design quality and construction methods, says Stuart Irvine.

What new duties will mean for neighbourhood plan examinations

What new duties will mean for neighbourhood plan examinations

A set of new duties for neighbourhood plan examiners was announced by the government last week, in an attempt to improve dialogue between participants during examinations. But experts have warned that they could add to the cost and length of the process.


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