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Plans approved for theme park in Yorkshire green belt

Plans approved for theme park in Yorkshire green belt

Plans have been approved for a theme park on a 98.4-hectare former colliery site in South Yorkshire, despite planners recognising that the scheme would constitute 'inappropriate' development in the green belt.

Loss of front gardens 'contributing to butterflies' decline'

Loss of front gardens 'contributing to butterflies' decline'

Reports that the 'loss of lawns and plants as front gardens are paved for parking has contributed to a dramatic decline in urban butterflies' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

EU habitats directive 'set to be repealed'

EU habitats directive 'set to be repealed'

Reports that the government intends to remove the EU habitats directive after Britain exits the EU feature in today's newspaper round-up.

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How should planners respond to the industrial strategy?

How should planners respond to the industrial strategy?

Planners have an important contribution to make in response to the government's industrial strategy, says David Marlow.

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

How policy changes stalled the delivery of cheap rural homes

Observers attribute a sharp drop in the number of affordable homes delivered on rural exception sites to recent policy shifts that made landowners fear that housing delivered on such sites would not remain affordable in perpetuity.

How we did it: Winning consent for national park homes

How we did it: Winning consent for national park homes

Local consultation and cooperation has brought a 416 home development to fruition in the South Downs. David Dewar reports.

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

CIL Watch: who's charging what?

Want to know whether your local authority has published Community Infrastructure Levy proposals? Our live table includes the latest details of councils' levy plans, including a breakdown of charges by development type.


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Legal Viewpoint: Why councils may have to flesh out reasons for consent

The Court of Appeal's judgment in a recent case from Kent raises crucial questions on local planning authorities' duty to give reasons for granting planning permission.

Blame for bad design can't be pinned on planners, by Chris Brown

There will be a couple of developers - namely Genr8 and Berkeley - breathing small sighs of relief at the moment, having narrowly dodged the bullet of winning the Carbuncle Cup.

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May should stick with elected mayors, by Richard Garlick

Former chancellor George Osborne championed devolution of power from Whitehall to England's cities.

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We need a green belt fit for the future, by Merrick Denton-Thompson

Only a small proportion of the UK's green belt has been lost to development. However, the public think otherwise. As a consequence, our politicians respond by continually pledging undying loyalty to the green belt in order to shore up their green credentials.

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