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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.

NPPF viability test hindering councils' affordable homes provision, says TCPA report

NPPF viability test hindering councils' affordable homes provision, says TCPA report

Almost two-thirds of councils say the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF's) viability test has thwarted their ability to secure adequate affordable housing for their area, according to a new survey.

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Rhetoric of community empowerment is failing to match reality, says report

Rhetoric of community empowerment is failing to match reality, says report

The 'rhetoric of community empowerment and engagement and the reality on the ground is a cause of great frustration' for communities, a report on barriers to community engagement in planning has concluded.

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Can the West Midlands' new metro mayor tackle the region's toughest planning challenges?

Can the West Midlands' new metro mayor tackle the region's toughest planning challenges?

Observers suggest that the West Midlands' newly-elected metro mayor, the former John Lewis boss Andy Street, will need all of his business acumen to strike a deal on how Birmingham's housing shortfall can be carved up among authorities in the housing market area.

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.

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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.

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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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