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500 Cheltenham fringe homes rejected on breach of new core strategy

500 Cheltenham fringe homes rejected on breach of new core strategy

Plans for 500 homes on Cheltenham's southern edge have been refused permission after councillors decided that the scheme would contravene the area's newly adopted joint core strategy.

Why a fifth of councils missed the brownfield land register deadline

Why a fifth of councils missed the brownfield land register deadline

Most local authorities have hit the new year deadline to produce registers of brownfield land but views vary on how valuable they will prove in releasing sites for development.

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One in five councils missed brownfield register deadline, says CPRE

One in five councils missed brownfield register deadline, says CPRE

Just over 20 per cent of local authorities missed the government's end-of-year deadline to publish a brownfield land register, according to research by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

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Are corruption claims a cause for real concern?

Are corruption claims a cause for real concern?

One of David Cameron's former Number Ten advisers has struggled to provide much hard evidence to support his newspaper column claim that corruption is "endemic" in the country's planning departments, reports Adam Branson.

Policy Summary: National planning policy set to streamline consent process for water resources

Policy Summary: National planning policy set to streamline consent process for water resources

Policy: Consultation on developing a National Policy Statement for water resources and proposed amendments to the Planning Act 2008.

Legal review 2017 - Ten 2017 court rulings you need to know

Legal review 2017 - Ten 2017 court rulings you need to know

Lawyers highlight the legal decisions from the past 12 months that carry the biggest implications for planning.

2017: the year in headlines

2017: the year in headlines

The most memorable planning stories of the past 12 months, summarised by John Geoghegan.


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Air quality uncertainty is now a serious concern for infrastructure promoters, by Richard Garlick

Delays in decision-making on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) used to be an exceptional circumstance. Only one of the first 42 decisions missed the three month decision deadline. But suddenly they are becoming commonplace.

It's time for a hut revolution, by Chris Brown

Regulation can impact the built environment in ways that are largely invisible. For example, most European countries, indeed western countries generally, have a tradition of dachas, baches, huts which are basic recreation accommodation in rural, wooded or coastal locations.

Applicants as well as authorities need to raise their games, by Richard Garlick

Discussions about how to speed up the planning process usually seem to default to complaints about local planning authority performance, and what could be done to improve it.

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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.

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