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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.

Queen's Speech confines white paper action to non-legislative changes

Queen's Speech confines white paper action to non-legislative changes

The government has pledged to take forward a series of commitments in the Housing White Paper, but documents published alongside this week's Queen's Speech suggest that the action will be confined to non-legislative changes.

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How the mini government reshuffle could affect planning

How the mini government reshuffle could affect planning

Sajid Javid will keep the housing delivery bandwagon rolling but Gavin Barwell's new posting at the heart of government may be even more influential in the long run, experts speculate.

Election 2017: What the election outcome could mean for planning

Election 2017: What the election outcome could mean for planning

The result of the snap general election, which has left Britain with a hung Parliament, is likely to mean that the next government will be required to build consensus in order to drive through changes to the planning system, experts have said.

How anti-development campaigns pose problems for planners

How anti-development campaigns pose problems for planners

A number of parliamentary candidates are signed up to increasing housing development nationally, but are campaigning against development locally.

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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.

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.

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.


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