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Judge quashes council's small sites policy but sympathises over 'constant changes' in national policy

Judge quashes council's small sites policy but sympathises over 'constant changes' in national policy

A judge has quashed a North Yorkshire local authority's interim policy for affordable housing contributions, including its policy relating to affordable housing contributions for small sites, but has recognised the difficulties facing councils 'assailed by constant changes in the legislative regime and national policy'.

Road building 'creates car-dependent communities'

Road building 'creates car-dependent communities'

Road building leads to a 'pattern of land development' that relies on people using cars to access housing and car-dependent business and retail parks, a report has concluded.

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Surrey authority warns neighbour over 'urban sprawl'

Surrey authority warns neighbour over 'urban sprawl'

A north-west Surrey authority has objected to its neighbour's proposals to safeguard a single large-scale strategic site in the green belt for new homes.

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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.

Policy summary: Further changes proposed to agricultural permitted development rights

Policy summary: Further changes proposed to agricultural permitted development rights

Policy: Government Response to the Rural Planning Review Call for Evidence.

Policy Briefing: Why planners need to know about air quality policy

Policy Briefing: Why planners need to know about air quality policy

With air pollution receiving greater attention, planners need to give increasing consideration to the issue, says Justine Thornton QC.

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.


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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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