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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.

Industrial strategy 'fails to join up with housing'

Industrial strategy 'fails to join up with housing'

The government's industrial strategy fails to link up with other strategies for housing and the environment and is too centralised in its thinking, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.

Briefing: The impact of the election on emerging policy, legislation and decision-making

Briefing: The impact of the election on emerging policy, legislation and decision-making

Your complete guide to the pre-election 'purdah' period and the implications of the general election announcement for ongoing planning legislation and government policymaking on planning.

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Sponsored content: What do the key mayoral contenders have in store for planning?

Sponsored content: What do the key mayoral contenders have in store for planning?

In the second of a series of columns exploring the planning priorities of leading candidates in the upcoming city region mayoral elections, Zoe Ensor, a partner at public relations consultancy Newgate Communications, looks at Greater Manchester, Merseyside and the Tees Valley.

City region mayoral elections preview - housing

City region mayoral elections preview - housing

In the first of Planning's previews of next month's English city region mayoral elections, Bryan Johnston looks at how the leading candidates' policies on housing are shaping up.

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.

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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?

Answers are required if ministers are to achieve 200,000 Starter Homes target, by Bryan Johnston

Answers are required if ministers are to achieve 200,000 Starter Homes target, by Bryan Johnston

Any lingering doubts about the current Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) leadership's commitment to the Starter Homes initiative have surely been dispelled by this week's announcement of the first 30 partnerships between councils and the Homes and Communities Agency to spearhead the scheme.

Planning for globalisation in the Brexit era, by David Marlow

Planning for globalisation in the Brexit era, by David Marlow

How will globalisation affect local planners in the Trump and Brexit era? On the one hand, there have been suggestions that we will see lower economic growth and reduced demand for housing if government seeks to restrict immigration numbers.

Chancellor's cautious but positive statement, by Richard Garlick

Chancellor's cautious but positive statement, by Richard Garlick

Contrary to some expectations, there was no housing white paper published as part of the Autumn Statement.


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