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Budget 2017: New town development corporations to kick-start five garden towns

Budget 2017: New town development corporations to kick-start five garden towns

The government will use new town development corporations to bring forward five new garden towns in areas of 'demand pressure' and will support more 'strategic and zonal planning approaches' in the South East, chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.

Infrastructure body presents blueprint for 'brain belt' new towns

Infrastructure body presents blueprint for 'brain belt' new towns

The secretary of state should step in to designate locations for new and expanded settlements in the 'brain belt' spanning Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes should the government and local authorities in the area fail to reach agreement, the government's infrastructure adviser has recommended.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Former planning minister's parish plan statement is focus of litigation

Neighbourhood Watch: Former planning minister's parish plan statement is focus of litigation

Reports that an Oxfordshire district has suffered a setback in its legal bid to overturn an inspector's approval of a 95-home scheme on a site not allocated in an adopted neighbourhood plan feature in the latest Neighbourhood Watch update.

How we did it: Winning approval for a private estate plan

How we did it: Winning approval for a private estate plan

A strategy for a West Sussex rural estate is thought to be the first to be endorsed by its planning authority, John Geoghegan reports.

Why there are fresh questions over the third runway at Heathrow

Why there are fresh questions over the third runway at Heathrow

A delay to the timetable for MPs to vote on the policy statement that will guide the planning decision on Heathrow's expansion and reports that the Labour Party may withdraw its support for the project have raised questions over the future of the scheme.

What court's reversal of minister's decision means for practitioners

What court's reversal of minister's decision means for practitioners

A High Court judgment reversing a ministerial decision to approve 50 homes in a West Sussex village may help clarify what should be considered material to planning appeals, according to experts.


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