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Plans submitted for 3,200-home Basingstoke development

Plans submitted for 3,200-home Basingstoke development

A planning application has been submitted for a 3,200-home urban extension to Basingstoke, which its backers claim is one of the largest housing developments in the South East on public land.

High Court quashes parts of South Downs joint core strategy

High Court quashes parts of South Downs joint core strategy

An East Sussex council had succeeded in its efforts to quash parts of a joint core strategy put together by two neighbouring local authorities.

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How we did it: Preparing a county-wide planning protocol

How we did it: Preparing a county-wide planning protocol

Planners and developers in Kent have drawn up an agreement to boost delivery of housing and jobs. John Geoghegan reports.

What proposed super councils could mean for planning services

What proposed super councils could mean for planning services

While primarily motivated by the potential for delivering cost savings, controversial proposals to create new unitary authorities in Dorset, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire could reshape the operation of planning services in these areas.

The hurdles facing the third Heathrow runway

The hurdles facing the third Heathrow runway

The contents of a draft version of the document that will guide the planning decision on a third runway at Heathrow gives the airport the signal to start work on its application, while substantial obstacles still lie on the road ahead, say experts.

How councils and parish planners are responding to minister's statement

How councils and parish planners are responding to minister's statement

A written statement strengthening neighbourhood plans is beginning to influence decisions, has already prompted one parish council to start work on a neighbourhood plan, and could lead to more parishes rushing to get such plans in place, observers have claimed.


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