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Plans submitted for 1,400-home Luton urban extension

Plans submitted for 1,400-home Luton urban extension

Housebuilder Bloor Homes has submitted outline proposals for up to 1,400 homes on a site on the eastern edge of Luton.

High Court to hear government's case for air quality plan delay on Thursday

High Court to hear government's case for air quality plan delay on Thursday

The government's bid to delay publication of its draft air quality plan until the end of June will be considered at a specially convened High Court hearing on Thursday, according to information from environmental legal activists ClientEarth.

DEFRA makes last-minute bid to postpone draft Air Quality Plan

DEFRA makes last-minute bid to postpone draft Air Quality Plan

The government has made a last-minute application to the High Court to postpone the publication of its draft national plan to tackle air pollution.

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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.

How we did it: Mitigating homes' impact with green space

How we did it: Mitigating homes' impact with green space

The provision of green spaces near a new housing development in Berkshire is helping to protect rare habitats, reports David Dewar.

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.


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What is inclusive growth, by Cliff Hague

What is inclusive growth, and how can good placemaking help deliver it?

Planning practice guidance needs re-writing, by Chris Brown

There seems to be a dysfunction within planning policy. The government wants more homes built more quickly and it now, according to the the Housing White Paper, understands that the speculative housebuilder business model of unloved standard house types is the main culprit in the slow pace of sales and therefore supply.

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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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