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Judge orders travellers to leave Surrey green belt site

Judge orders travellers to leave Surrey green belt site

A High Court judge has told a group of travellers who unlawfully occupied an area of green belt land in Surrey to leave the site within 14 days.

What the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling means for practitioners

What the Supreme Court's NPPF ruling means for practitioners

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that the absence of a five-year supply of deliverable sites should render out of date only those policies dealing with the numbers and distribution of housing and not those which seek to restrict housing.

Hedges 'more effective than trees' at absorbing air pollution

Hedges 'more effective than trees' at absorbing air pollution

Reports that a study has found that hedges can be more effective than trees at absorbing harmful air pollutants on built-up roads feature in today's newspaper round-up.

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Policy Summary: Framework for implementing clean air areas in high pollution zones

Policy Summary: Framework for implementing clean air areas in high pollution zones

Policy: Clean Air Zone Framework

How we did it: Preparing a brownfield land register

How we did it: Preparing a brownfield land register

A Yorkshire authority has taken part in a government pilot scheme to promote brownfield homes over the past year, reports John Geoghegan.

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 the 'Great Repeal Bill' could affect the planning system

How the 'Great Repeal Bill' could affect the planning system

Environmentalists fear that plans to write existing European Union (EU) regulations into UK law could result in a weakening of environmental protections, but experts believe that the government will be too preoccupied with the technicalities of Brexit to attempt significant change.


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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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