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UKIP council faces intervention threat after voting to reject local plan

UKIP council faces intervention threat after voting to reject local plan

Thanet District Council in Kent faces the prospect of government intervention after councillors yesterday voted to refuse approval of its draft local plan.

What the government's green plan could mean for planners

What the government's green plan could mean for planners

A new national strategy for the environment could bring benefits as long as careful attention is given to detailed arrangements for putting it into practice, conservation experts are warning.

Policy & Legislation In Depth

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about fire safety

Policy Briefing: What planners need to know about fire safety

Proposals to make fire safety a planning consideration will require planners to have a better understanding of the issue, say Mike Straw and Barry McAllister

Policy Summary: Regulations introduce new joint plan powers and review requirement

Policy Summary: Regulations introduce new joint plan powers and review requirement

Policy: The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

Why a fifth of councils missed the brownfield land register deadline

Why a fifth of councils missed the brownfield land register deadline

Most local authorities have hit the new year deadline to produce registers of brownfield land but views vary on how valuable they will prove in releasing sites for development.

Why permission in principle applications may be slow to appear

Why permission in principle applications may be slow to appear

Housebuilders will be able to apply for permission in principle on small sites from 1 June. While the new route may reduce risk, say commentators, it will not be cheaper than a conventional application and take-up of the option may prove slow.

What you need to know about the new planning funds

What you need to know about the new planning funds

The government is seeking to increase the UK housing stock by 300,000 per year by the middle of the next decade. Planning details the new and extended funds proposed by the Treasury to help meet this goal.

2018 policy and legislation preview

2018 policy and legislation preview

2018 looks set to see further changes to the planning system after a busy autumn of announcements, says David Dewar.

Whitehall not yet ready to wind down, by Richard Garlick

Whitehall not yet ready to wind down, by Richard Garlick

Activity in most planning offices around the country will presumably be beginning to taper down to the Christmas break. But the evidence suggests that the midnight oil continues to burn in Whitehall, as civil servants rush to meet commitments made by their political masters to progress certain policies before the turn of the year.

The case for 'upsprawling', by Chris Brown

The case for 'upsprawling', by Chris Brown

It was both amusing and frustrating listening to James Murray, deputy mayor for Housing in London, and Grant Shapps, former housing minister, debating the new London Plan.


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