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Cheshire East declares five new air quality action zones following data correction

Cheshire East declares five new air quality action zones following data correction

A Cheshire council has declared five new zones where pollution exceeds government targets as a result of correcting air quality data that was underreported in mysterious circumstances, Planning can reveal.

Cheshire police launch air quality data probe

Cheshire police launch air quality data probe

Police have launched an investigation after a Cheshire council flagged concerns about 'deliberate and systematic manipulation' of its air quality data.

Turley opens new Cambridge office

Turley opens new Cambridge office

Consultancy Turley has announced the opening of a new Cambridge office.

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Why police are investigating attempts to doctor a council's air quality data

Why police are investigating attempts to doctor a council's air quality data

Did a desire to manipulate the planning process cause Cheshire air quality data to be doctored, asks Catherine Early.

The policy and legislation changes that are due this autumn

The policy and legislation changes that are due this autumn

The policy and legislation changes that are in the pipeline for this autumn are outlined by Bryan Johnston.

What ombudsman's data on complaints tells us about planning performance

What ombudsman's data on complaints tells us about planning performance

The local government ombudsman received nearly twice as many planning-related complaints about Cornwall Council than any other English authority over the last three years, but many other town halls receive more complaints as a proportion of their planning caseloads, an analysis shows.

How we did it: Boosting home delivery via local plan

How we did it: Boosting home delivery via local plan

A Yorkshire council's local plan has won plaudits for its focus on raising build rates on home allocations. David Dewar reports.


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Housing need consultation will be a test of the government's mettle, by Jamie Carpenter

Six years ago, the publication of the draft version of the National Planning Policy Framework for consultation unleashed a storm of protest.

Are we at a turning point for population growth in the UK, by David Marlow

Only time will tell if the publication this month of Office for National Statistics 2016 mid-year UK population estimates (MYEs) will be a turning point in recent trends in population growth.

The planning priorities set out in an unusual Queen's Speech, by Richard Garlick

With the future of the new government looking so uncertain, it was hard to take this week's Queen's Speech as seriously as usual.

Bursting the neoliberal planning myths, by Chris Brown

I've been struck by how planning and housing have been pushed into the background of the latter stages of the general election by debates around Brexit, austerity and security.

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