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Delay to 20% planning fee increase confirmed

Delay to 20% planning fee increase confirmed

A promised 20 per cent increase in planning fees in England will not go ahead until after Parliament's summer recess, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has confirmed.

Government publishes bill to transpose EU laws after Brexit

Government publishes bill to transpose EU laws after Brexit

The government has published its so-called Great Reform Bill which is intended to transpose EU legislation into UK law following Britain's departure from the EU, including EU environmental regulations.

Clive Betts re-elected as chair of communities and local government committee

Clive Betts re-elected as chair of communities and local government committee

Clive Betts MP has been re-elected as the chair of the House of Commons communities and local government select committee.

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What the Queen's Speech tells us about the minority government's planning priorities

What the Queen's Speech tells us about the minority government's planning priorities

The absence of planning-based legislative proposals in last month's Queen's Speech has raised questions over the future of a number of anticipated planning reforms which would require primary legislation to enact, but observers believe much of the government's planning programme can progress without the involvement of Parliament.

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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What the new minister's record reveals about his view of planning

What the new minister's record reveals about his view of planning

Alok Sharma may be a largely unknown quantity in planning circles, but some clues can be gleaned from his past record as to how he will approach the role of housing and planning minister.

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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.

Conservatives aim to keep room to manoeuvre, by Richard Garlick

Conservatives aim to keep room to manoeuvre, by Richard Garlick

It is easy to under-estimate the importance of political parties' general election manifestos. The Prime Minister's struggle this week to explain an apparent change of heart on a manifesto policy for funding social care at home, announced days after the document was published, was only the latest episode in which a political party has been seen to distance itself from pre-election policy commitments with unseemly haste.

Why the party manifestos matter, by Alex Morton

Why the party manifestos matter, by Alex Morton

Should the Conservatives win the general election, as the latest opinion polls suggest they will, the party's manifesto for 2017 will reset government policy.


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