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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.

Welsh government announces measures to boost music venue protections

Welsh government announces measures to boost music venue protections

The Welsh government has said that it intends to insert an 'explicit reference' to the agent of change principle within national planning policy and allow councils to designate areas of 'cultural significance for music' within local plans.

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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.

What if Gavin Barwell goes after the election?

What if Gavin Barwell goes after the election?

He is not yet a year into the job, but planning minister Gavin Barwell's continued occupation of the role has been thrown into doubt by next month's general election. Joey Gardiner looks at his impact so far and what a possible departure could mean.

Policy Briefing: What do brownfield registers mean for planners?

Policy Briefing: What do brownfield registers mean for planners?

The government's new brownfield registers may have an impact on already stretched council resources, says James Waterhouse.

Policy Summary: Guidance on new cycling and walking plans for local authorities

Policy Summary: Guidance on new cycling and walking plans for local authorities

Policy: Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans: Technical Guidance for Local Authorities.

What an increased Tory majority could mean for the future direction of planning policy

What an increased Tory majority could mean for the future direction of planning policy

With the polls showing the Conservatives set for a commanding Commons majority after 8 June, planning experts foresee no major shifts in planning policy but point to unfinished business on recent reforms.

Election Briefing - What 'purdah' means for local planning authorities

Election Briefing - What 'purdah' means for local planning authorities

Planning is a council activity that cannot 'shut down' during electoral purdah restrictions, but extra care should be taken during this time of heightened sensitivity.

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.

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.


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